I had read two other Heitzmann books and loved them. This one was not the page turner I thought it would be. It seemed to drag on and on at points. I did finish it and was glad that I did but I don't think I will buy the others in this series. I will try Heitzmann again based on reviews.
This was an exciting novel! Lance Michelli is sent on a mission from his Nonna, she just recently had a stroke, to seek her past. He discovers letters in his Nonna's bedroom that lead him over to a villa he knows nothing about. There, he meets Rese. Rese is an interesting character with her own attitude toward the man who comes in and turns her life upside down. You'll adore this story! It's just amazing!
I loved the idea behind this story: a young man seeks employment at a Bed and Breakfast as a cook because he believes the property belongs to his family. His employer is the B&B's new owner, Reese, who is a talented carpenter, and renovating the place, herself. Many charming elements enrich this book: the Bed and Breakfast location, the ethnic foods, Lance's chivalrous attitude and devotion to his family. The mystery of how the Michelli's lost the property is told cleverly in exciting flashbacks. Although I enjoyed the book overall, there was something about it that didn't quite gel. Reese's character was very shallow at times. She definitely wasn't as well developed as Lance. But even with its quirks, Secrets is a well told story.
I loved this book! I was hooked from the very beginning when I found that book was loosely tied to the Diamond of the Rockies series by Heitzmann also. The sequel to this book, Unforgotten, is also excellent. I do wish that Heitzmann would write a third book with the Secrets & Unforgotten characters. I highly recommend this author's other novels as well.
I found this book to be poorly written and trite. It was the come-on for another book so it lacked conclusion Originally purchased this for our church library it didn't make it to the shelves. I would sugest Jan Karon, Linda Nichols or Sharon Ewell Foster as authors who write godly, inspiring stories. No more Kristin Heitzmann for me.