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Secret Sister [Kindle Edition]

Emelle Gamble
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“Secret Sister is compulsively readable. I defy anyone not to race through the pages to find out what happens to Cathy and Nick — and Nick and Roxanne!" Patricia Gaffney, New York Times Best-selling author of The Saving Graces

“Lovers of women’s fiction have a new must-read! Secret Sister by Emelle Gamble has it all . . . romance, drama, and suspense . . . I could not put it down.” Beth Harbison, New York Time’s best-selling author of Chose The Wrong Guy, Gave Him The Wrong Finger and Shoe Addicts Anonymous

To their friends, Nick and Cathy Chance have the perfect marriage. High school sweethearts who’ve been together for ten years, they’ve weathered challenges and are as committed as they were when they first fell in love. Cathy trusts Nick, Nick’s world revolves around his wife, and the future looks golden.

To everyone who knows them, Cathy Chance and Roxanne Ruiz have a perfect friendship. They connected in grade school and since then have been each other’s confidant and trusted advisor. Cathy loves the gorgeous Roxanne like a sister, Roxanne has fun-loving Cathy’s back in every situation, though lately there’s been tension between these two best friends . . .

And then, on a sunny summer morning, the unthinkable occurs, throwing into doubt the truth of what each of these people really know about themselves and one another.

Will Roxanne’s sacrifice be too little, and too late? Should Nick’s love for his wife be strong enough to risk trusting his heart more than logic? Can Cathy’s devotion to Nick give her enough strength to convince him to see her for who she really is?

SECRET SISTER proves how strong, how stubborn, and how trustworthy love can be as Nick and Cathy and Roxanne are challenged to overcome the secrets, the lies . . . and one extraordinary twist of fate that turns their lives upside down.

Editorial Reviews


Just announced! SECRET SISTER won an Honorable Mention in the InD'tale Magazine 2014 RONE awards for Best Contemporary Fiction!!!

"SECRET SISTER is one of those books that leaves you re-thinking everything you once believed... Along with being a very unique and captivating plot, SECRET SISTER offers a shocking turn of the paranormal kind....I cannot recommend SECRET SISTER strongly enough for those of you that enjoy a book that not only touches your heart but has you tingling in anticipation for whatever comes next." Fresh Fiction- Fresh Review

"If you're looking for a typical women's fiction/romance, don't look here
... this story has a twist of the paranormal that will have you willingly stretching your belief in order to enjoy the plot. Emelle Gamble has created a story that will tear your heart out."  Long and Short Reviews

"The plot line itself is what totally gripped me! Love, faith, hope, second chances and pain make up a wonderful late-night read... As each page was turned, Ms. Gamble added depth to the story and by the time the shocker came.....wham!"  B&M Review Gazette

From the Author

   I get asked this question quite a bit by readers. "How did you think of that weird plot? Where do you get your ideas? How do you research your plots? Are the love scenes based on your life? "
   The last one is my favorite, and I'm sure other authors who write novels with strong romantic plots get that too.
   The answers are... "I get my ideas from everything,  and I research my plots online, in books, talking to people, living my life, and stealing from others . And yes, all those sexy scenes are exact replicas of my life." HA!
   Okay, so most of what I wrote in that paragraph is true. Writers are watchers. We watch those around us, watch people we know and don't know, watch movies and read books and listen to the news all with a little note-taker inside our head saying, "I might use that." This embedded 'secret stenographer' is a reality most of don't talk about much, I think because we worry people will put their guard up, or, in the case of family members, will feel dissed or disrespected if they knew we were taking notes while they were pouring out their heart and soul.
   Sometimes I think writers are just wired different. Our observation of others is chronic and impossible to stop. We love it so we can go write our ideas and impressions down, sift through them, change them  so WE understand what they mean, stand for or imply, then sculpt it into a whole new story of our own called 'fiction'. I, for one, feel I've solved a lot of my personal issues by sticking my fictional characters with them and then watching, fascinated, to see how they handle it!
    As for the unusual plot of Secret Sister, the plot came to me almost completely whole when, during a conversation with my critique group where we were kicking around plot ideas, I said I was sure that, even if every single thing about my appearance changed, my husband (yes, my true love) would recognize the 'me' inside.
   Now of course that started a whole discussion about 'what if'.  How would a person handle this? How would you negotiate if this impossible, not real, not-going-to-happen event happened to you?
   The fascinating aspect of this situation to me was how one would convince those closest to them what had happened. And that led to a whole series of notes being jotted down on how I would accomplish convincing my hubby, who is nicknamed 'Phil-the-fist' (my Marine with a teddy-bear heart), what had happened.
   So that's where the idea for Secret Sister came from. From my conviction, very romantic and some would say a little kooky, that true love recognizes its mate, no matter what. I am not ashamed to say I believe in fate, in two people belonging together because they're meant for each other. Phil-the-fist and I are one example.  And Cathy and Nick are our stand-ins!

Product Details

  • File Size: 4422 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (July 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book!! July 10, 2013
By Diane P
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Secret Sister has so many amazing twists, turns, and surprises that to attempt a summary of the book would only risk giving spoilers. Better for readers to discover these treasures on their own.

I will say that the book tells the story of Cathy and Roxanne, two women who have had an extraordinarily close friendship since childhood. The book begins with the two women driving to Roxanne's therapy appointment. Roxanne is depressed over yet another failed relationship with a man. Cathy, on the other hand, has a wonderful marriage. En route to this appointment everything changes.

Secret Sister is a story of friendship, of fidelity, of all those assumptions we make about the people closest to us. The book is like a finely woven tapestry, interconnected in amazing ways.

Emelle Gamble displays an inordinate amount of wisdom about people, about relationships. Every character she creates is vividly drawn and has an essential part to play to bring the story to its end. This was a masterful work. I highly recommend Secret Sister.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine. Predictable. October 25, 2013
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Finish time: 4 nights. I keep doing this. I read a great book then I don’t think anything will compare so I fall back to a “chick-lit” safety book. A predictable, easy-to-read one. I’ve read a bunch. They each are decent in their own way, I just never walk away saying – that was a great book!

I will say this book kept me interested. The story line begins with a tragic accident. The main character, Roxanne, searches for answers as to who she was, who she is, and who she wants to be. It is interesting to watch her figure that out through family, friends, ex-boyfriends, and acquaintances. There are a few twists thrown in. The “biggest” one of those twists is what lost me. I have never been a fan of anything that can’t happen for real. I do believe in miracles and enjoy the occasional Harry Potter book, but when books unsuspectingly through in one of these twists, I’m afraid I lose interest. Who knows – you may like it – I did not.

The book is packed full of action and vibrant characters and was well written. It has a good, almost predictable ending, kind of an “a-ha”, should have seen that one coming. Nice, happy, what a reader wants. I’ll leave it at that. Let’s see what I can find next!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional....Riveting.....SHOCKING!!!! July 30, 2013
By Molly
Format:Kindle Edition
So, here I am. Jumping back into the groove of blogging with a review tour for Ms. Gamble's SECRET SISTER. Those who know me, know I'm a very eclectic reader so I will read nearly anything. However, I will be honest and say that this particular type of book, is usually not my type of book to read. But, when I read the blurb, it pulled me in. It sounded like a great read and felt it would be good to start with in my return to the blogging world. I was definitely not disappointed to say the least!

Ms. Gamble introduces her readers to a group of friends-a husband, a wife, and her best friend- and the issues of a not so perfect life on the inside that comes with a multitude of shocks. Each of the characters had an inner struggle that they were dealing with and as I got to know them, I felt a piece of my heart go out to each of them.

Nick is a character that I was sure I would end up liking. I loved his role, and he was perfect for it, but I just wasn't sure what I would feel towards him in the end. I ended up loving him to pieces! And Roxanne......she is definitely the beauty that Cathy describes her to be! When the unimaginable happens, well it's just something that is definitely not expected! Cathy's character is gripping and really tugged at me the most.

But, those are just the characters. The plot line itself is what totally gripped me! Love, faith, hope, second chances and pain make up a wonderful late-night read. My emotions were tore up! From smiles to tears, I was loving this book. As each page was turned, Ms. Gamble added depth to the story and by the time the shocker came.....wham! I was knocked to my knees with that unexpected realness!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story July 10, 2013
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I was given an ARC of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Cathy and Roxanne are best friends and think of each other as sisters. They got into a terrible accident that left one of them dead and the other confused. Nick, Cathy's husband, is left a total mess after the accident. Everyone has secrets that are slowly revealed throughout the book.

I loved Secret Sister. The secrets and mystery of what was happening really sucked me in. Once I started this book, I really didn't want to put it down. If you like believing in the unbelievable this book is definitely for you.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Emelle Gamble's new release Secret Sister is this week's highlight in Craft Matters. The author's skilled use of conflict creates a micro-tension that grabs the reader immediately and continues to drive the story forward. Secret Sister is a cross-genre novel that hopscotch's back and forth over the lines of women's fiction, romance, and light paranormal. At its core, this is a story of rediscovery and second chances. The self-exploration the heroine undergoes--that sense of being a foreigner in a strange land--takes the reader on an emotionally heart-wrenching journey with lots of bumps in the road. Bumps that we're willing to take because we're holding out for the payoff that we're sure will come. And it does.

Gamble builds micro-tension by creating a tug-of-war between what is known and what is unknown from the very beginning pages. As readers, we worry and wonder and guess and backtrack on what we know and what we believe to be true just like the main character. And this creates a tension in the reader to know, to find out, which keeps us reading. We're on a journey of discovery as well. Even in those first pages, we're trying to figure out the dynamics of the friendship between Roxanne and Cathy, what's going on beneath . . . what's the subtext.

Gamble uses this delicate maneuvering between text and subtext to create a micro-tension for the reader. We're pulled by the conflict. The character goes on to explain that Roxanne has just been through a breakup. However, it's because of the subtext that's implied by Cathy that we know something more, something darker, might be going on. We keep reading to find out what that something more might be. Gamble continues to use this conflict between what's said and what's left unsaid throughout the opening chapters of Secret Sisters.
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Published 12 days ago by Jane Amico
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD LOVE STORY
This was an interesting book with an interesting love story. Good characters with a few twists and turns.
Published 1 month ago by atabarac
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing twists and turns in this novel
There are so many details to this plot that I don't want to give the smallest secret away. If you like some mystery with your romance this is a very good choice to start with.
Published 1 month ago by J. Okerlund
5.0 out of 5 stars surprising
It took me quite a few pages to really get into this book, but once I did I was hooked. The author takes you through so many twists and turns that you don't want to put it down.
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Published 2 months ago by ANDREA W.
3.0 out of 5 stars Miracles can happen!
Fast read and kept my interest. Could it happen---who knows?!?
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Published 2 months ago by Fancylady
1.0 out of 5 stars not a fan
Too far-fetched & then coincidental on top of it. Not a fan of this book
Published 2 months ago by tricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I enjoyed this book. In spite of switching between the characters perspectives, it was easy to follow. The story could be called a romance with an intriguing twist. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D.Braden
5.0 out of 5 stars Blind faith
Smells Gamble has a way with spiritual writing that entertainers the real and impossible that make you believe it can happen. Read more
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More About the Author

My books have one thing in common...ordinary women in extraordinary situations. They are all relationship stories about women and the men they love, and the friends they hold dearest. They also all have a touch of something else; a mystery here, a ghost there, an exciting or shocking turn of events. This gives the folks in my imagined world an interesting extra conflict to deal with, and my readers an extra issue to think about.

SECRET SISTER is a woman's fiction novel with a touch of paranormal that sets the plot in motion. It's hard to put down once you start.

DUETS, a prequel novella, and the novel MOLLY HARPER, set three years later, explore the multi-faceted impact family secrets have on the lives of three women and the people who love them. It's heartfelt. and the final chapter is now available! DECEMBER WEDDING is the last chapter about Cruz and Molly, and I hope you enjoy their happy ever after.

DATING CARY GRANT is a modern Manhattan tale of a career woman, her estranged small town mayor hubby, and a certain drop-dead handsome neighbor who just might be the ghost of a certain screen icon. It's fun!

I hope you enjoy all these stories. Please come see me at, follow me on Twitter @EmelleGamble or email me at any time.

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