Tuesday, July 2, 2013

(55)The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold

The Book of Secrets 

Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Pages: 464

Chloe and Nate Sinclair have a history going back all the way to Chloe's eighth birthday when she stumbled upon the Sinclair children playing in their front yard. Her own mother was busy working trying to provide for the both of them and her father was gone in the wind.  The Sinclair children seemed almost mythical to Chloe with their homeschooling ways and attentive mother who would read to them from the great classics.  It was everything that Chloe had dreamed of from her own mother.   But for as close as Chloe becomes to Nate and his sisters, they are forced to keep their friendship a secret from their father, a strict preacher who forces the children to live by his rules or else.

Flash forward twenty years.  Nate and Chloe run an antiquarian bookstore and the pain of losing their young son still haunts them.  Everything that happened all those years ago caused a rift so deep in the Sinclair family that it may never be repaired.   Nate and Chloe's own marriage is starting to show the strain of loss, too.   When one day Nate just takes off, leaving a cryptic message and a million questions for Chloe.  She stumbles across a cryptic message in one of their books and once she starts the decryption she realizes that there is so much more to her husband than she ever thought.  Will she be able to find her husband and start putting the pieces of their lives back together again?

The Book of Secrets is a love letter to some of the greatest literature of our time. Not only are books such as The Chronicles of Narnia, Robinson Crusoe and Romeo & Juliet mentioned, but the Gothic tone of the book is very similar to what you might find in Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, with a secret message like what you might find in a Dan Brown novel.  Chloe and Nate are very flawed characters, but they have so much shared history and a deep love that they are counting on to see them through to the end.  And the mystery of what happened all those years ago will keep you guessing all the way to the end.

Bottom line, from the very first page I got swept up into the story.  I loved the way the author takes us into Chloe and Nate's world.  I was transported to another time and place and it felt good.  The way the author pays homage to some of the greatest literature made my heart smile.  If you are looking for a good book to cleanse the palate after some fluffy beach reads, then you must pick up The Book of Secrets.  You will thank me, I promise.


Anonymous said...

I'm adding this to my reading list!

Sara Bell- The Traveling PhoBlogWriPher said...

Holy cow, this one sounds so good! It has been saved to my list.

Hope you're doing well! Your comments never seem to work through Bloglovin' and I'm too lazy to click over most of the time... plus I'm online far less these days.

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