Tuesday, March 20, 2012

House of Secrets by: Tracie Peterson Review and Rafflecopter Giveaway

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When her father orchestrates a surprise trip to the summer house of her childhood, Bailee Cooper is unprepared for what follows. What is intended to be a happy reunion for Bailee and her sisters, Geena and Piper, quickly becomes shrouded by memories from the past.Together again, the three sisters sift through their recollections of fifteen years ago...of an ill mother, and of their father making a desperate choice. They vowed, as children, to be silent--but one sister believes the truth must now be revealed. Yet can they trust their memories?Mark Delahunt arrives in the wake of this emotional turmoil. Determined to win Bailee's affection, Mark becomes the strong fortress for her in this time of confusion, and what was once a tentative promise begins to take root and grow.Caught between the past and an uncertain future, can Bailee let God guide her to heal the past and ultimately to embrace love?

I love all of Tracie's books but this one is one of my favorites.  Her character's are all so real that you feel like you are part of the book.  Your heart will break for the girls in this book.  Their whole life has been wrapped around keeping secrets that they thought would tear their world apart if shared.  Instead their life has been torn apart because they kept these secrets.  Bailee has always felt that she had to protect and care for her sisters.  In doing so she has put up walls around herself that no one can enter.  She has also put her life aside to make sure her sisters were cared for and happy.  Mark keeps tearing Bailee's walls down brick by brick until he finds a way in.  Then she doesn't know what to do with the feelings that she is having for him.  In the end all of the secrets are finally let out and the healing can begin.  Bailee finally realizes that it is not her place to care for her sisters.  She needs to care for herself and find someone to help her do so.  This is when she realizes she can't do it with out the help of The Lord.
My own mother struggled with depression and Bi-polar issues so this book really hit home for me.  I think everyone should read this books especially if someone in your life struggles with mental health issues.
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