This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Rhythm of Secrets

Kregel Publications (December 22, 2010)

by

Patti Lacy


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Patti Lacy, Baylor graduate, taught community college humanities until God called her to span seas and secrets in her novels, An Irishwoman’s Tale and What the Bayou Saw. She has two grown children and a dog named Laura. She and her husband can be seen jog-walking the streets of Normal, Illinois, an amazing place to live for a woman born in a car. For more information, visit Patti’s website at www.pattilacy.com, her blog at www.pattilacy.com/blog, and her Facebook daily Artbites.




ABOUT THE BOOK:

Sheila Franklin has masqueraded as the precocious daughter of avant-garde parents in colorful 1940s New Orleans, a teen desperate for love and acceptance, and an unwed mother sent North with her shame.

After marrying Edward, Sheila artfully masks her secrets, allowing Edward to gain prominence as a conservative pastor. When one phone call from a disillusioned Vietnam veteran destroys her cover, Sheila faces an impossible choice: save her son and his beloved…or imperil Edward’s ambitions.

Inspired by a true story, The Rhythm of Secrets intermingles jazz, classical, and sacred music in a symphony trumpeting God’s grace.

Endorsements:

“A vibrant journey across time in search of the greatest truth of all: grace.”—Tosca Lee, author of Havah: The Story of Eve and Demon: A Memoir

“No longer a ‘well-kept secret,’ Patti Lacy is a master storyteller who speaks to the soul with a powerful and unique rhythm, weaving a tale so emotionally rich that story and reader become one.”—Julie Lessman, author of The Daughters of Boston series and A Hope Undaunted

“Patti Lacy pens another beautifully written story in The Rhythm of Secrets. I couldn’t put it down!”—Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of The Black Cloister

“The Rhythm of Secrets is a stirring story of faith and endurance that will keep readers turning the page until every last secret is revealed.”—Tina Ann Forkner, author of Ruby Among Us and Rose House

If you would like to read an excerpt of The Rhythm of Secrets, go HERE.

Learn more about Patti and her books on her Website.

MY REVIEW:

The Rhythm of Secrets is a story within a story as Sheila relates details of her life to the son she gave up at birth. Sheila’s story stretches across the years and takes her across the country before she settles in Chicago. Her tale is filled with tragedy and the loss of nearly everything she held dear. Starved for love, she made a mistake that haunted her for over twenty years as she struggled with guilt and later kept her secrets hidden. Once reunited with her son, Sheila is forced to choose between him and her pastor husband. Her choice takes her on a frightening and suspense filled journey to Thailand by way of Hawaii.

Not a book to be read quickly, The Rhythm of Secrets has depth and substance  for the reader to contemplate and is well worth the effort. Lacy captures the tone of the time period perfectly and Sheila’s struggles ring true to life. The Rhythm of Secrets is an emotionally charged tale with a strong theme of love, forgiveness, and redemption. Lacy has included a list of YouTube links on her website that correspond to each chapter of the book that you can find here.