Friday, February 6, 2009

(15) The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain

It is February 6th & I spent this afternoon sitting on the porch wearing flip flops & reading a good book. It is by far, the best way to spend a Friday afternoon.

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes turned out to be a far better book than I had anticipated. It had romance, suspense, bad boys, & shocking secrets. All key components of a great book.

It is 1977 when sixteen year old orphan, CeeCee Wilkes gets swept off of her feet by 22 year old Timothy Gleason. He is intelligent, witty, handsome & from a wealthy family. CeeCee is at his beck & call. She does his laundry, cooks his food, does his laundry, but when he asks her for a special favor she hesitates before saying yes.

You see, Timothy has told CeeCee about his sister, Andie. He told CeeCee that Andie was on Death Row for murdering her rapist and he had a plan that would force the Governor to set her free. He wants CeeCee to help kidnap the Governor's wife & hold her hostage until their demands have been met. Afraid of losing Tim's love, CeeCee agrees.

That one decision, made by a teenager changes the lives of half a dozen people. And dooms CeeCee to a life on the run.

Fast forward almost thirty years. CeeCee Wilkes has become Eve Ellison. She is a respected therapists and has two wonderful daughters. But bit, by bit the lies of her past are being exposed. Will it ruin the life she has built & send her to prison forever?

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes is on par with the likes of Jodi Picoult. A tragic story that threatens to destroy everyone involved. It is a fast, but consuming, read. The characters are likeable even with their epic flaws. A fabulous book for the next time you get to sit on the porch reading.


Ladytink_534 said...

It does sound a litte like something Picoult would write.

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