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  1. The Rhythm of Secrets
    The Rhythm of Secrets
    Patti Lacy
    Kregel Publications / 2011 / Trade Paperback
    $13.49 Retail: $14.99 Save 10% ($1.50)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 28 Reviews
    Availability: Expected to ship on or about 04/04/15.
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  1. OH
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Patti Lacy is a master storyteller
    February 23, 2011
    Sharon A Lavy
    OH
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    One writing lesson is to ask the question. "What is your characters secret?" And I consider muy current character and think "SECRET?" I'm learning how to coax them to reveal their secrets.

    Patti has an uncanny knack to unlock the secrets that lie deep within her characters.

    The child abandoned at birth. Will Samuel seek revenge?

    Can Sheila revel in the reunion with her son and keep him safe from prying eyes?

    The pastor husband, moving up in the world. Can he let his plans be crushed if his wife acknowledges her son? The son he knew nothing about until now.

    Under Patti's skillful storytelling, the characters and setting come alive as you read. You can almost hear the music that Sheila needs to stay sane and healthy.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Unforgettable Story!
    February 14, 2011
    niki
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was privileged to read an advance copy of this manuscript. It has been a year since that first reading, and I can still recall scenes and characters with absolute clarity. That's the strength of writing in Patti Lacy's work.

    Like the mist that winds through the Mississippi Bayou, revealing a piece here and a piece there, Rhythm of Secrets carries the reader through the life of Sheila Franklin, the secrets she keeps, and what happens when the truth finally comes to light.

    What secrets have you kept from friends, from family, even from yourself? What would happen if those secrets were exposed? Would you be strong enough to bear up under the consequences? Strong enough to choose what's right no matter the cost? It's a question we have to ask ourselves, because one day, those secrets will be revealed.
  3. Columbus, GA
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An astounding amount of research went into this.
    February 7, 2011
    Janet
    Columbus, GA
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "The Rhythm of Secrets" was a challenging book for me. I can't say that I enjoyed the experience, yet I did admire the writer's skill and found the overall story interesting. The novel covers two time periods—the end of World War II and the midst of Vietnam—and moves through four locations: New Orleans, Chicago, Hawaii, and Thailand. Patti Lacy has done an astounding amount of research to bring this based-on-a-true story to life as an historical novel.

    The 1940's part of the story is told through flashbacks as a mother introduces herself to the son she gave up for adoption at that time. This part of the story takes about two-thirds of the book, then Sheila, once known as Sheba and then Sylvia, must decide whether to help her new-found son rescue his fiancé or leave him alone to preserve her marriage, lifestyle, and happily-ever-after façade.

    The theme of the book is grace and the ending is perfect, though difficult to get to. The "music literature" theme woven throughout the book adds interest, and Lacy directs readers to enjoy listening to some of the music themselves at her website. The book ends with two pages of discussion questions for reading groups.

    Thank you LitFuse Publicity Group for sending this book for my review.
  4. The Netherlands
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 4, 2011
    Marbie
    The Netherlands
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book hooked me from the first chapter. What an amazing good book! I could hardly stop reading. I had to know how it would end.

    This is my first Patti Lacy book, but sure not the last.
  5. Elkton, MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautifully, Tenderly Written
    February 3, 2011
    Cathy Gohlke
    Elkton, MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sheila Franklin is a woman with a past, and a string of identities to prove it. When at last Sheila encounters the One who died to forgive sin and Who loves her unconditionally, she steps into a new life, but hides the shame of her past. But keeping those secrets secret in order to maintain her "respectable life" requires more energy than she'd imagined. When a phone call collides her past with her present, that life screeches to a halt. Determined to at last live transparently—no matter the cost—and prove her love for the son she was forced to give up, Sheila "comes clean." In the truth telling—which alternates between past and present—she finds freedom, and the opportunity to offer the unconditional love and support she'd always craved to her son and the woman he loves—a woman whose past Sheila understands very well.

    This is a tender, tragic, lovely story—the kind of story that shows that God wastes nothing—that He saves all our tears in a bottle and uses the experiences of our lives to bring us into full relationship with Him, and to encourage others with the encouragement He's given us.

    I'm eager for Patti Lacy's next book—Christian fiction that moves my heart and makes me look deep within that I might walk with greater conviction, more love, less judgment, greater purpose.
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