What’s a girl to do when she’s down with the flu and can’t sleep??
Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn was the perfect book to curl up with and escape from the coughing and sniffling of this terrible flu.
I’ve read many of Robin Jones Gunn’s books in the past and she never ceases to amaze me with her storytelling abilities. Put together in such a way that you are immediately drawn into the characters story, Robin has done another wonderful job with Secrets.
From the publisher:
Do you have secrets in your past that are weighing you down? Do you want to run away and get a fresh start? That’s what is motivating Jessica in Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn!!!
She runs to a small town in Oregon. She quickly makes new friends. But her secrets are a roadblock in these new friendships.
Join her on this bumpy journey to make a new place for herself!!!
I don’t usually put quotes or favorite parts of books in my reviews, but some of the lines that Robin’s characters used in this book were just so great that I wanted to share.
Ida, a very sweet older lady who takes a quick likening to the main character Jessica, is talking to her neighbor friend who is in the hospital and unconscious. She talks to him on a normal basis believing that he can hear her so she teases him..
“I sent Wendel over to mow your lawn yesterday. It was beginning to look like a jungle over there. We didn’t want your yard to bring down the value of the rest of the neighborhood, you know. Thought we we should keep up the place.”
Sharing God’s Love:
Teri, a fellow teacher who befriended Jessica, shares her view on Jessica, (who had NOT food in her house) receiving some surprise groceries on her front door step.
“Then I’d call this a cushion of grace. God knew what you needed and provided it before you even had a chance to ask him for it. He caught you on his cushion of Grace before you fell” (LOVE LOVE LOVE that line)
Jessica, pondering what being Christian means after talking to one of her students:
“The “becoming a Christian” part of Dawn’s answer confused her. Jessica considered herself a Christian. It was something she was born with, the way some people are born Jewish or Italian. Christianity was part of her Caucasian heritage, not something she decided to become.
I also really enjoyed how Jessica’s secret, once revealed, wasn’t all that complex. Sometimes a storyline can be a little too far fetched but this one was actually spot on. Just enough intrigue and believability.
All in all Robin Jones Gunn.. another beautiful written book!! Thank you so very much!!
** I received a copy of this book to review via Blogging for Books. All opinions and thoughts are 100% all mine*