Amanda CoxRevell / 2021 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$9.495 out of 5 stars for The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery. View reviews of this product. 38 Reviews
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Kaitlyn K.5 Stars Out Of 5Seriously couldn't put this one down!September 23, 2021Kaitlyn K.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Not gonna lie, for the longest time I misread that title. I thought Old Depot Grocery had secret caretakers or something and then I was, like, halfway through the book when I realized OH WAIT THE PEOPLE AT OLD DEPOT HAVE SECRETS! And then the title made so much more sense. *cough* But yes. This has been senior moments with Kate. Tune in next time to see me make a further idiot of myself. But hey, I can laugh about it, so it's all good.
ANYWAY. On to my review. (see, when I don't wait weeks after I've read the book to write the review, I can actually add pERsoNaLiTY)
Oh my word, you guys. I seriously could not put this one down. There are so many words I could use to describe this book, but the one that really stands out in my mind is whimsical. Forget the dual timeline, the entire thing had an air about it that...goodness, I can't really explain it, it just...all the vibes were there and it was specTACular. I could practically hear the wooden floorboards creaking as customers stepped on them and as little Rosemary and Jessamine played hide-and-seek. I felt a part of something really...special.
The characters were all incredible. Like, yeah, they had problems and they kept secrets when they shouldn't have but the thing is, I understood why. If you want your characters to do the wrong thing but still be lovable, make them relatable and play on the readers' empathy. It works wonders. *nod* But anyway. Sarah, Rosemary, and Glory Ann all had their secrets, and while it got quite frustrating at times, I never felt like grabbing by their shoulders and giving them a good SHAKE - because EMPATHY. Like I said, it works wonders.
Honestly, though. I just really loved all the characters. (Except Jessamine. She was an absolute brat that needed her father to apply the board of education to the seat of learning, as my own father would say. That part really did drive me absolutely batty.) Glory Ann was someone that required patience...but she's worth it. Rosemary had to be the most patient girl I know. And Sarah's heart of gold made me love her. I honestly adored Clay. Bo, though a very minor character, was still so vital to the plot and the book would never be the same without him; he was amazing.
But I'd just like to take up an entire paragraph to talk about CLARENCE. Again, a minor character. But quite possibly the most important character in the entire book. Actually, I'm pretty sure he was. I'm going to avoid going into detail in case of spoilers, but...y'all. Like... *flails* I CAN'T EVEN DESCRIBE HOW INCREDIBLE CLARENCE WAS. He is an entire reason to read the book.
The book wasn't suspenseful or particularly fast-paced, but I was so invested in the characters that, like I said earlier, I seriously couldn't put it down. What lesson did I learn from this book? You need to let people make their own choices; let them decide what they want to do. Don't try to decide for them. And, though I already knew this, but I'll just say it: secrets always, always come to light. Whether you want them to or not.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for promotional purposes. All thoughts are my own.
TrudyCat5 Stars Out Of 5Great book!September 22, 2021TrudyCatQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Oh, wow!!!! I loved Amanda Cox's debut novel, and I'll admit, I was wondering if this second book would be as good. Oh, yes!!!!!!!!!!!! The way she blends the past with the present, telling us the story of Glory Ann, Rosemary, and Sarah, the "minor" characters of Clarence, Jimmy, Jessie, and Clay, are all so beautifully done! The story of forgiveness blended with God's love, and we can have both if we just give Him our mistakes and ask Him to help us! We don't have to do life alone, He's right here with us, we just need to ask Him, wait for Him, and listen for Him!
I received a complimentary copy of this book, was not required to leave a review, and the opinion expressed is my own.
LGHudson5 Stars Out Of 5HOW SECRETS SHAPE LIVES!September 21, 2021LGHudsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Author Amanda Cox has written a very thought-provoking dual-storyline novel, The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery. She writes in present day as well as 1965, telling the story of three generations of women in one family. Cox paints a vivid picture of the mother-daughter dynamic and particularly showcases how the grandmother/granddaughter have the closer relationship than either of the mother/daughter relationships. This story involves other relationship challenges as a fiance is sent off to War and a husband is killed in accident, both leaving unfinished business. Cox shows how one family makes a choice to react to a situation instead of respond to it. Cox does a marvelous job of driving the points home that the secrets we keep shape our lives and the lives of others and shows the wonderful healing power of telling the truth.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this novel by Revell & NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
JenMEAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Beautiful Time-Slip StorySeptember 16, 2021JenMEAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Amanda Cox is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors with the release of her second book! This dual-timeline story introduces us to three generations of women in Glory Ann, Rosemary, and Sarah. From the relatable characters to the small Southern town to the heart-wrenching twists with a hint of mystery, this book has something for everyone. It touches on many issues women face, including mother-daughter relationships across generations, with themes of forgiveness, redemption, and hope.
While romance is a part of each timeline, it is a supplement rather than the main point. All three heroes are wonderful complements to our heroines, but Clay in the present day is my favorite. His steady friendship and care for Sarah as someone who had also suffered loss and rebuilt his life allowed her to find her place and grow into her new life. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy Southern fiction with heart, especially fans of Rachel Hauck and Lauren K. Denton!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Kim H in GASouth GeorgiaAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5This belongs on your Must Read listSeptember 16, 2021Kim H in GASouth GeorgiaAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow! This one exceeded the hype and previous reviews. Amanda Cox enlivens the small town life with a deep understanding of complex characters and family dynamics, as well as three generations through decades of family secrets. Nuggets of truth, shock, humor and grace abound in this tale of broken people living life as they know how. The author doesn't stop at offering second chances, but extends redemption and restoration many times over. I will keep watch for more from Amanda Cox.
The grocery is based on the author's family store of the same name, but all characters are fictional.
I received a complimentary copy of the book without obligation. This review is my opinion.