I will often pass on my books to others, but this is a keeper. I will probably read it again (like I watch decent movies again) once I read and digest other books. I'm an avid reader and to find good Christian novels is wonderful!!!! Thank you ChristianBook Distributors.
"Secrets" by Robin Jones Gunn is the first novel in the Glenbrooke series. This is the only book I've read by this author and was quite an easy read, plus_I couldn't put the book down and read it in about four hours. Jessica, the protagonist, is running from something in her past and has moved to Glenbrooke, Oregon to start over. When she first arrives, she's involved in a car accident and meets Kyle, every girl's dream guy. She has no money, goes without food for days and, in coming up with a new identity, she starts her life over. "Secrets" follows her journey to finding herself and finding God.
I really enjoyed the start of this series. The characters are great and easily relatable; the romance is sweet and yet still, adult. There is not sexual content, but the attraction of the two parties involved is still an important part of the story. And the portrayal of Christ in this novel isn't pushy. It's about the personal choice a person makes to follow Him.
Overall, this was a great read and I would recommend this to readers from middle school age to adult who enjoy Christian romance/fiction books.
**This book was obtained by WaterBrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review.
"Secrets" by Robin Jones Gunn is the first novel in the Glenbrooke series. This is the second book I have read from the series, "Echoes" being the first, but book number three I think. I haven't read them in order. Apparently it doesn't matter. Jessica is the main character from "Secrets." Jessica is running from something (that's the secret) and has come to Glenbrooke, Oregon. When she comes into town, she has a car accident and meets Kyle, every girl's dream guy. Jessica has no money, even going without food for days, she comes up with a new identity, and starts her life completely over. "Secrets" follows her journey to both finding her new self and God.
I really like this series. The characters are great, the romance is sweet, yet still adult. There is no sexual content, but it is still an important part of the story. Jessica's boss plays the villain; she is out to find out the secret and expose whatever it is. Jessica is a good role model for younger readers plus she doesn't come off as annoying for us more mature readers. The Christianity in the book isn't the "agree with me or go to hell" variety. It is a more personal choice that Jessica is to consider. The other characters tend to be Christian, but not overbearing. Good book. B
Book Description: The Glenbrooke Series Jessica ran from her past...but can she hide from love? Jessica Morgan wants desperately to forget the past and begin a new life. She chooses a small, peaceful town tucked away in Oregon's Willamette Valley as the place to start overâ€”Glenbrooke. Once there, Jessica conceals her identity from the intriguing personalities she meetsâ€”including the compassionate paramedic who desires to protect her and the jealous woman who wants nothing more than to destroy her. Will Jessica's deceit ruin all hope for the future? Or will she find a deeper peace that allows her to stop hiding the truth from those who love her most of all? This heartwarming bestseller, book one in the Glenbrooke series, introduces the fascinating people of Glenbrooke in a compelling tale of romance and spiritual truth.
Review: I enjoyed this book the first time I read it and again this time. It was the first Christian fiction book I ever bought and for that alone means a lot to me. I loved the mystery that surrounds this character and the people, some of whom become lead characters later. This was a soothing story for anyone who was or is wayward in life, faith or with others. I liked and continue to use index cards with scripture on them. To this day it is one of my favorite things to do and use for book markers and to memorize. I thought the story line was well developed and the main characters well written. I am glad that I had another chance to read this story.
I would like to thank Blogging for books and Waterbrook for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Secrets is the first book in the Glenbrooke Series and the first book I have read by Robin Jones Gunn. The story is about Jessica after she arrives in the small town of Glenbrook, Oregon looking for a new start. The author is a terrific story teller. Her characters were believable and interesting; the plot was intriguing with a bit of mystery (Jessica is keeping a secret). The story provided important truths that Jessica came to understand such as learning to trust people and surrendering to God's plans.
I recommend Secrets to readers from middle school age to adult who enjoy Christian fiction/romance/series books.