Friday, July 3, 2009

(56)Secrets She Left Behind by Diane Chamberlain

Jodi Picoult fans will LOVE this book! It was absolutely wonderful! And apparently it was even a sequel. The follow up book to Before the Storm, but I only discovered that after reading the synopsis for the Before the Storm so it is not necessary to read it before reading Secrets She Left Behind .

Secrets She Left Behind is the story of tragedy, hope, love, betrayal, and forgiveness. Told in Jodi Picoult fashion, Secrets She Left Behind is told from different perspectives at different points in time. Each chapter representing a different person.

Secrets She Left Behind is set in a small island community in North Carolina a year after a tragic fire killed three of it's residents and scarred on young man for life. The story picks up when the girl, Maggie, who set (but did not IGNITE) the fire is released from prison. Keith, her half brother, was the young man scarred & injured in the fire. Forever causing a rift between the two siblings, and their families.

Life will never be normal for the two families. And it gets even worse when Keith's mother disappears on the day that Maggie is released from prison. Both Maggie & Keith are living in their own personal hell when a young woman enters each of their lives. For Maggie, she is the friend & confidant that she never thought she would ever have again. For Keith, she is the girlfriend and lover that he never thought he would have again. But neither of them knows the role she plays in the others life. Neither of them know the real reason why she came to the island.

I can not say enough good things about this book. The characters are so well developed and so intertwined with each other, the story truly feels complete. Just as Jodi Picoult does, Diane Chamberlain will evoke more than one emotion as her words paint the story of an island, and it's people, trying to heal after tragedy strikes. And those emotions will stay with you long after the story ends.


Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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