Amanda CoxRevell / 2021 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$11.494.5 out of 5 stars for The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery. View reviews of this product. 62 Reviews
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ReviewsByErin5 Stars Out Of 5Generational tale of secrets and redemptionDecember 14, 2021ReviewsByErinQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Welcome to the story of three generations in one family - a family full of secrets and loss and regret. And hope that springs eternal.
Glory Ann was young, unmarried, and pregnant when her sweetheart was killed in Vietnam. She never even had the chance to tell him about the baby they created together. Her pastor father, not wanting to deal with the shame of Glory Ann's situation, devises a solution will change everything for Glory Ann. How can she ever embrace Old Depot Grocery and everything it thrusts upon her?
Rosemary carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. She's always been the good and dutiful daughter - and when on rare occasion she dared to try her own way, disaster has followed. She hates being tied down to Old Depot, but she won't budge. Will a health crisis force her to finally look at what she really wants in life?
Sarah is the unconventional widow. She had literally packed her bags to leave her husband on the same day an accident claimed his life. In order to escape the condolences she doesn't desire, she escapes to Old Depot Grocery for time with her mother and grandmother. Can she deal with her grief and find hope for the future in this small town rather than the big wide world her mother has always pushed her to explore?
This story is really beautiful. The writing style connects you immediately with the characters, and though the subjects are heavy, they're handled in a way that doesn't feel dark. Plus there's hope and light shining throughout, even when things are difficult.
Though I realized after I finished the book that there isn't an overt faith message, the story of redemption is all over the pages. You'll have to look for yourself to see all the ways it is woven in. I highly recommend this book, and can't wait to read more from this author.
Fitzysmom5 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMOctober 28, 2021FitzysmomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have anticipated this book for quite some time now. There was a promotional blurb in the back of Amanda's last book. It stopped with a bit of a cliff hanger It left me with the feeling that this was going to be a wonderful read and that assumption was correct.
The story itself revolves around three women, a mother, a daughter, and a granddaughter. Much of their life's work has centered around the Old Depot Grocery. But times are changing and forcing the women to change as well.
The women are connected by birth but there is something else that connects them. They each hold a secret that is slowly destroying them and their relationships with each other. So much heartbreak over things that could be solved if they would each come clean.
I loved this book and have quickly become a fan of Amanda Cox. She has a beautiful writing style that makes the pages just fly by. I highly recommend this book as well as her previous works.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
KrisFairfax, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Thought provoking novel with lots of twistsOctober 13, 2021KrisFairfax, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The story of three generations of women, each strong yet also broken in parts, but afraid to admit their weaknesses and secrets to each other. This novel keeps the story very interesting by telling it through the perspectives of the women at different times of their lives. I really enjoyed it as the heart of the novel is a story of love. Each woman deals with different things and in unique ways. I loved watching their story unfold.
This is the second book the author has written and now I want to go back and read her first novel. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review - all thoughts and opinions are my own. I very much recommend this novel.
Author SK3 Stars Out Of 5A worthwhile readOctober 11, 2021Author SKQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3If you, like me, enjoy a good family story this one just might be a hit for you. I enjoyed seeing all three generations and I loved reading about Glory Ann's 1960s story. Definitely a worthwhile read. I also read + liked Amanda Cox's first novel and will definitely be reading more of her work.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Wow! What a Story!October 11, 2021Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5" . . . when I was little, I used to imagine that the creaking floors could talk. That they knew all the stories of the people who walked them . . . if I could just learn their secret language, those wood floors could tell me everything."
For generations the walls, floorboards, and shelves of the Old Depot Grocery held its secrets close to the heart; living, loving, losing . . . clearly too late for a resurrection . . or perhaps not? Sarah Ashby seemed to think so, returning home after her own loss, she hoped to revive the store of her childhood while discovering new meaning for her own life in the process. But some things never changed, and it soon became apparent that her mother and her grandmother were fiercely at odds over what to do with a store that was not only losing its luster, but most of its customers.
Years earlier, Glory Ann had not been given many choices for her future after confessing that she bore a child whose father who would never return home from Vietnam. Whisked away by her father, "Glory Ann Hawthorne became Mrs. Clarence Clearwater, all to cover up a secret she was not ashamed of". . . . . the simple ceremony taking place in the back room of the Old Depot Grocery.
Maybe all these elusive complications needed a new perspective, God's perspective. . . . Sarah's gentle confidante reminding her to ,"take the first step that feels right and see what happens next, . . . I think that's how God works in our lives a lot of times. He doesn't give us the whole picture. He gives us that one step". For if the truth ever needed to be told, it was among the "secret keepers of the Old Depot Grocery" . . . for it would undoubtedly set them free.
Wonderful book by an emerging masterful storyteller!