- The Secrets She Carried, Barbara Davis
- 368 pages
- historical fiction, dual story line
- released October 2013
Blurb from Goodreads: Though Peak Plantation has been in her family for generations, Leslie Nichols can’t wait to rid herself of the farm left to her by her estranged grandmother Maggie—and with it the disturbing memories of her mother’s death, her father’s disgrace, and her unhappy childhood. But Leslie isn’t the only one with a claim to Peak.
Jay Davenport, Peak’s reclusive caretaker, has his own reasons for holding onto the land bequeathed to him by Leslie’s grandmother. Before she died, Maggie hinted at a terrible secret surrounding Adele Laveau, a lady’s maid who came to Peak during the 1930s and died under mysterious circumstances. Jay is haunted by Maggie’s story, yet the truth eludes him—until Leslie uncovers a cryptically marked grave on the property.
As they delve into the mystery of Adele’s death, Leslie and Jay discover shocking secrets that extend deep into the roots of Leslie’s family tree—secrets that have the power to alter her life forever.
I Loved This Book!
I don’t know if I just read it at the perfect time, or if it was the perfect book or both. I read a sample and downloaded it right away. I didn’t even wait to see if it was at the library. It is one of those books that you fall asleep reading and grab the minute you wake up. Plus, I couldn’t walk by it without stopping to pick it up and read “just a few more” pages. It was such a good story, and I just didn’t want to be away from the characters. No wonder it only took me two days to finish.
The story is told by two women who lived at the same house over half a century apart. Adele, who was a lady’s maid in the 1930s, and Leslie, who has inherited the house in the present day.
As usual with these types of novels, I absolutely loved Adele’s “historical” plot line. It was Adele’s secrets that we needed to figure out, so reading about her story was so interesting. Plus she was written very well. I liked her and felt sorry for her from the first few pages.
Leslie, on the other hand, was a very modern woman. She had her own secrets and kept herself closed off. She had every intention to sell off the house and keep her bad memories in the past where they belonged. As her story evolved, she opened up and I really started to like her.
The men in this novel were great too. Henry completed Adele’s story. They really made the best of their situation, and it was touching. Jay was just wonderful, the kind of man any woman would love to meet and fall in love with. I liked the level of romance. Not too mushy or detailed, but just enough to get the point across. Perfect.
I think the best part of this book was the way the little details came together. Even to the end, Jay and Leslie were still finding pieces of the puzzle that was Henry and Adele’s life.
I know this was a brief review. This is such a good story, that I don’t want to give away too much.