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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold

Publisher:  Bantam
Release Date:  July 2, 2013
Pages:  464
The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold
About the Book:  After more than twenty years of marriage, Chloe Sinclair comes home one night to find that her husband, Nate, is gone. All he has left behind is a cryptic note explaining that he's returned to their childhood town, a place Chloe never wants to see again. 

While trying to reach Nate, Chloe stumbles upon a notebook tucked inside his antique copy of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Written in code, the pages contain long-buried secrets from their past, and clues to why he went home after all these years. As Chloe struggles to decipher the notebook's hidden messages, she revisits the seminal moments of their youth: the day she met the enigmatic Sinclair children ane the increasingly dangerous games they played to escape their troubled childhoods; the first time Nate kissed her, camped out on the beach like Robinson Crusoe; and the elaborate plan she and Nate devised, inspired by "Romeo and Juliet, " to break away from his oppressive father. As the reason for Nate's absence comes to light, the truth will forever shatter everything Chloe knows--about her husband, his family, and herself.

Wanda's Review:  The Book of Secrets is beautifully crafted with an emotionally gripping story that will lure you in from the beginning - a book to be savored. 

Nate and Chloe Sinclair have been living in an unstable marriage, stemming from a tragedy that occurred twenty years ago. Nate had been rather fragile over the last few months, seeming on the verge of a breakdown. Secrets are slowly revealed through a notebook, written by Nate, that is written in code. 

Chloe is taken back to her childhood memories. She had been eight years old the day she met the Sinclair family, still young enough to believe in magic, but on the edge of not believing. The stately victorian house they lived in had a mystique about it, and she found magic that day, a day that would change her life forever. Nate, Cecelia, and Grace were home schooled by their very loving mother. But, their rather sinister father, who was a preacher, used very strong discipline on the children. Chloe develops a friendship with the Sinclair children and as the years pass a tender love develops between Chloe and Nate. And the story unfolds ----.

The author cleverly weaves together a story of deception, betrayal, and family secrets, delving deep into the hearts and minds of the characters. The storyline has mystery, drama and evokes many emotions along the way. This is most definitely a 5 star novel by and incredible author. A compelling read! 

I received an advanced reader's copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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