family secrets

Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng
4
Rated by
LeeAnn B.
Sunday, Nov 19, 2017

Little Fires Everywhere is a spectacular title for Celeste Ng’s latest novel, as she carries that imagery throughout the story. Set mostly in Shaker Heights, Ohio, an affluent suburb of Cleveland during the mid-1990s, we meet the Richardson family (mother Elena and children Lexie, Trip, Moody, and Izzy) and the Warrens (Mia and her daughter Pearl). Artist Mia and Pearl have always lived a transient existence and have kept mostly to themselves.

The Heir and the Spare

Emily Albright
3
Monday, Feb 29, 2016

Evie needs to find out who her mother really was. She embarks on a quest into her mother’s past when she is given letters written to her before her mother died. One of the first things she has to do is to attend Oxford university, her mother’s alma mater, where meets Edmund. She can’t help but be attracted to the charming and handsome boy, who also happens to be the second prince of England. They spend more and more time together as they try to figure out the clues her mother left her. But doubts arise as she learns that he can not be with an untitled American, when she finds out her true...

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The Roanoke Girls

Amy Engel
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Sunday, Jun 18, 2017

Lane is just fifteen when her mother commits suicide. She is sent from New York City to western Kansas to live with her grandparents. Even though she’s never met them, they claim to love and want her. As Lane adjusts to life away from the dysfunction of her mentally ill mother, her idealistic image of the farm blends with her mother’s version to form a reality she wants no part of.

But home and family are hard to root out, and when her cousin Allegra goes missing, Lane is dragged back into the dysfunction she thought she had escaped when she left Osage Flats ten years before.

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The Roanoke Girls

Amy Engel
4
Rated by
Diane H.
Monday, May 1, 2017

The Roanoke Girls is a disturbing, compelling read. While the “big, dark secret” is revealed early on, the story still draws the reader in. I had to find out what happened to the Roanoke girls, the sisters, aunts, cousins. They seemed to be such studies in contrast: darkness and fire, guilt and defiance, innocence and desire.

Cover of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - pictures stack of old books

The Thirteenth Tale

Diane Setterfield
4
Rated by
Emily D.
Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017

Wanna hear a ghost story? A fabulous tale about sisters, secrets, family, fire, death, and ghosts?

Eight Hundred Grapes

Eight Hundred Grapes

Laura Dave
4
Rated by
Rachel N.
Friday, Jul 22, 2016

Georgia Ford runs away from problems in her own life and goes straight to her place of comfort: home. Unfortunately for Georgia, with her parents heading in different directions, her brothers not on speaking terms, and the uncertain future of the family vineyard, life at home is not what she was expecting. Georgia finds that among all her family's issues, she is still unable to escape her own.

The Book of Speculation

Erika Swyler
4
Rated by
Katie S.
Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016

What would you do if your house was falling into the ocean, you had just lost your job, and your long-lost sister appeared out of thin air from the circus? Well, if you are Simon, you would become entranced with an old, worn-out book that was mysteriously left on your doorstep. Convinced that his sister is doomed to die in a couple of weeks and that there is something off about his dead mother's relationship with his neighbor, he tries his hardest to follow the clues laid out in this book in order to save his family (past and present).

Black Rabbit Hall

Eve Chase
5
Rated by
Catherine G.
Friday, Apr 8, 2016

The mansion, Black Rabbit Hall, at times feels like the main character of this story. It's a second home for the Alton family in Cornwall, England in the 1960's. It's much loved but crumbling; an aging home with wings and turrets and windows that seem to watch you while you're outside. Set near the water with its own private cliffs and beaches, it also has a path that leads into the woods and seems purposely designed to get you lost.

Black Rabbit Hall

Eve Chase
4
Rated by
Roxanne B.
Saturday, Apr 2, 2016

Black Rabbit Hall is a debut novel by journalist Eve Chase. Londoners Lorna, a school teacher, and her fiancé, Jon, a carpenter, are in Cornwall looking at wedding venues. They arrive at Pencraw Hall (or Black Rabbit Hall as known to the locals). Although the manor house and grounds are in a state of disrepair, Lorna is entranced and seems to feel a kinship to it. The elderly owner, Mrs. Alton, is somewhat mysterious, and lends a gothic air to the story. Lorna’s visit to Black Rabbit Hall turns into an extended visit on the pretense that she will help Mrs.

Pretending to Dance

Diane Chamberlain
3
Rated by
Debbie F.
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016

It turns out that Molly Arnett is a good liar. For years, Molly has told a lie that could destroy every bit of happiness she has with the man she adores. Pretending to Dance is a story told in two distinct time periods in Molly's life. The story starts in 2014, in San Diego, California, where Molly and her spouse, Aidan James, are meeting with their social worker in preparation for becoming adoptive parents.

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