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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Joanne Tombrakos (September 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984007601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984007608
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,996,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joanne Tombrakos is a Storyteller, Marketing and Sales Consultant and Adjunct Professor in Digital Marketing at NYU. She blogs on demystifying digital for business and life at joannetombrakos.com 

What sets her apart from other consultants is that she is able to combine the perfect storm of a twenty-five year career in media advertising, sales and traditional marketing working for corporations that include CBS and Time Warner, expertise and hands on experience as an early adopter of digital, with skill as a storyteller. 

This offers her clients, whether a large corporation or an entrepreneur, insight, knowledge, and strategic direction to flourish in today's changing landscape. She brings a fresh perspective, energy and enthusiasm in an informal style to her customized workshop training programs and presentations. Topics range from: The Consumer in the Age of Digital, Selling to the Educated Consumer to Storytelling for Business.

She considers herself a creative entrepreneur and is the self-published author of It Takes An Egg Timer, A Guide to Creating the Time For Your Life and a novel, The Secrets They Kept. Joanne contributes to The Huffington Post, ForbesWoman and BlogHer. 

She has a passion for beaches, good wine and laughter. 
For more information: joannetombrakos.com

More About the Author

A Storyteller, Marketing and Sales Consultant, Professor of Digital Marketing at NYU, Speaker and Author, Joanne blogs on demystifying digital for business and life at www.joannetombrakos.com.

She works with individuals and corporations to better understand this beast we call digital through programs designed to inform, educate and offer practical tools and training to keep you, your staff and your business digitally relevant. Topics range from Digital Marketing 101 - The Broad Strokes to Selling In The Age Of The Educated Consumer to Your Digital You - A Blueprint for Your Personal Brand.

She considers herself a creative entrepreneur and is the self-published author of It Takes An Egg Timer, A Guide To Creating The Time For Your Life and a novel, The Secrets They Kept. She contributes to The Huffington Post, ForbesWoman and BlogHer. A two-time career reinventor her previous incarnations include teaching in the public school system and sales and marketing positions for CBS and Time Warner. When not consulting, blogging or working on the next book, she can be found indulging in dance breaks, naps and dark chocolate.

For more information: www.joannetombrakos.com

Customer Reviews

I'm ready to pre-order her next book!
Money Maven
Joanne Tombrakos deftly introduces the characters and events with rich, vivid description in an absorbing story of the Poulous family.
Pat
This is wonderfully written and I look forward to reading more of Joanne's work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 1, 2012
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The story is more from a woman's perspective, and perhaps a woman reader may connect with the story better. Overall, i liked it, but not loved it. We are all imbibed with values of love and respect for everyone, especially our family. This is what this novel is very strong on. The fact that the plot revolves around a secret is incidental, to my mind. This story is really more about love and caring that one ought to have for near and dear ones. Unwavering support is the very basis of all relationships, and this novel brings that fact very nicely. The novel itself could have been a little crisper and shorter, tending to get a little repetitive, but that is not a major drawback. The initial few chapters give away the novel being a first-time author's work, but I found the second half of the novel more taut, consistent and flowing. I really liked the ending. Recommended read.
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This was the author's first novel. Elena Poulous, a Greek-American attorney, gets the surprise of her life one weekend when the police notify her of the death of a Yiannis Poulous. Having never heard of him, she is somewhat further mystified to learn she has been listed as next of kin, nominated to settle his affairs. Her immediate task, apart from arranging his funeral, is to interrogate her family about this man and discover why she has never heard about him. But she heads straight into one brick wall after another, the most tight-lipped of her kin being her mother, Kristina. Who was this man, and why is everyone so reluctant to talk about him?

The plot, in black and white, doesn't really sound that compelling, but, the emotions that emerge from this Pandora's box of secrets, kept for so long, pack such a powerful punch, you are kept well and truly glued to the pages. Yiannis Poulous had no idea his humble request would bare some truths and make those whose lives he entered look at themselves very closely. He had no idea how some revelations would improve fragile relationships.

This is written with sincerity and feeling. Each and every character means something to you and you care deeply how each will fare. The threads of Greek culture and religious beliefs woven into the tale, and their importance, add dimension and interest to the drama.

Although an excellent debut, however, I really would urge the author to ensure her next novel is better edited than this one. There were endless errors which were irritating (amongst them a name change for poor old Giuseppe Mazzini who became Manzini). But the writing was good, the story well structured, the characters well developed, so there was plenty to keep me happy! Certainly an author to keep an eye out for.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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Format: Kindle Edition
The Secrets They Kept by Joanne Tombrakos is a book so far out of my comfort zone that I'm not sure how exactly to describe it. I would normally not give a book about family secrets and drama a second look, but I read the sample and was intrigued. While reading the book my interest stayed peaked throughout and I had no problem finishing the book. That honestly doesn't sound like words of high praise, but coming from me it is a superb recommendation.

If this book at all fits your reading profile then check out the sample at the very least and see if you are drawn in as I was. The writing is smooth and the characters realistic. Joanna has an amazing talent and is worth checking out.

Review copy received from the author.
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By concepta moran on September 18, 2012
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i had high hopes for this book when i started reading it but i felt the story line was too dragged out and the secret kept wasn't such a BIG secret after all. i felt i was repeatly rereading the same story over and over but i did finish it and that's a plus.
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I really liked all the characters in the book. They were varied and each had their own individual flaws that made the story more interesting. The 'secrets' were divulged to the reader over the course of the entire book. In the beginning I was really interested and it was a real page turner.

My problem with the book and the reason I rate it as 'OK' is that it dragged on and I didn't feel that was necessary. Near the end of the book I found myself skimming pages quickly just to get through it. I mean, come on, just spit it out already. I got tired of the author trying to build suspense and just wanted it to be over.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review.
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This book was like a warm cup of cocoa on very cold day. It squeezes your heart just a tad and might just make your eyes mist over. I can absolutely understand why it won't be everyones cup of tea, because the author didn't feel the necessity to add any mega dramatic unbelievable sub-plots. It didn't need any. The story was the simplicity and the complexity of family all rolled into one.
For me it wasn't about any secrets, whether they were emotional, destructive or mundane. It was about the structure of relationships within a family. The image of a tree with many branches comes to mind. Some branches have many leaves, whilst others are almost desolate in their bareness. Yanni and George are excellent examples of that visual image.
My heart went out to that lonely man and the fact that he became a family secret.
I think the dialogue was sometimes a little awkward, which is something I think made it less than a five star experience, other than that it was a very good read.
I received a free copy of this book for my review.
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