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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Book of Secrets


Book #64 Read in 2014
The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold

I finished this book just now and am wondering how much can one family go through and live to tell the tale?  Chloe and Nate were childhood sweethearts...Nate from a ultra-religious family; Chloe's mother was a teenager who became pregnant.  Chloe becomes a part of Nate's family...as long as their scary father isn't home...and they exposure her to books and reading.  Chloe tries to not expose them to the realities outside of their safe haven home.  Worlds collide when 18 year old Chloe becomes pregnant with Nate's child.  Obstacles are thrown at them constantly. 

At the start of the book, adult Chloe and Nate are having marital problems and Nate has returned back to their hometown.  He did not share details of why with Chloe.  She uncovers a notebook that he has been keeping in code and begins to decipher the code and Nate's feelings.  Chloe follows him back to their hometown.

I enjoyed Arnold's writing style and the way she wove books into the story.  Her characters were flawed but interesting.  I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened to them.  All in all, a very good read.


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