About the Book
How far can love bend before it breaks? Josie Norris became an instant mommy when her twin sister Nadine handed over her newborn son and vanished. What Josie saw as a temporary arrangement grew into a mother-son bond too deep to uproot. But with her irrational sister threatening to steal him back, Josie has been living the last few years with Kennedy in hiding, afraid to go home. When Aunt Libby—the only person who knows the truth about Kennedy—suffers a traumatic head injury, Josie rushes to her McKenzie River home to help Gram care for the woman who raised her. But not only is Libby’s injury causing family secrets to spill, it’s forcing Josie to see the women in her life in a new light. Will—a ranger who Kennedy adores and who Josie is determined not to—is desperate to help the woman who has stolen his affections. But can Josie ever truly be authentic with the man she loves? With her son’s fate hanging in the balance, she is faced with the choice to risk everything she loves in order to bridge the most impossible gulfs. In this story of mothers, daughters, and sisters, Josie must find the grace to forgive people for not being who she needed them to be…and the courage to surrender her fears to the God who has never once left her side.
In My Opinion
Everyone’s story differs. Even when it comes to twins. Once inseparable twins who life has torn apart and the chasm between them seems too great to cross. Grab the tissues and settle in because once you meet Josie, Kennedy, Libby, Will, and the other characters, you’re not going to want to leave them.
In The Secret Place, Camille Eide’s poignant and evocative tale of family—complete with secrets, struggles, pain, and bitterness—deals with some tough issues (mental illness, abandonment, and bitterness to name just a few). Yet Eide weaves these into her novel so naturally and with a sense of hope for restoration, I couldn’t help but connect with her characters. Especially Josie.
This book left me pondering what areas of my life I have taken back control from the One who sees the entire picture. Am I hiding from blessings out of my own fear instead of trusting in God’s plan for my life?
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