Thursday, May 29, 2008

Every Secret Thing

Author: Ann Tatlock
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
October 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0005-4
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary women’s fiction

Beth Gunnar has accepted a position as English teacher at her old alma mater, a boarding school in Delaware. Beth is insecure in her new position, as she is facing memories, a mystery, and old love.

Beth’s old English teacher, Ted Dutton, a Vietnam Vet died during the year when Beth boarded at the school, and she and her friends discovered it. Beth has never quite forgotten him, and is surprised that her friends don’t recall.

Beth immediately pins a new student, Satchel Queen as her problem student for the year, but to her surprise, Satchel is a kindred spirit. But as Beth gets to know Satchel, an old mystery comes to light and she discovers that things she long believed are not truth.

EVERY SECRET THING is the first story I’ve read by talented story-teller, Ann Tatlock. The story is slow moving, allowing the reader to get to know the character, to soak in the setting, and to savor the events. I was able to put the book down between chapters, and pick it up later, very easily with this book, it is not one that keeps my attention for chapter after chapter.

Beth is a very real character, someone that probably every woman can identify with, and there are parts in the book that are laugh out loud funny. I enjoyed reading EVERY SECRET THING, and recommend this book. $13.99. 400 pages.

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