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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: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,043,367 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

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Joanne Tombrakos deftly introduces the characters and events with rich, vivid description in an absorbing story of the Poulous family.
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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 Anand Shankar Jha 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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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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By Kenetha Stanton on April 29, 2012
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This is a fantastic story of how things hidden or left unsaid can take a toll not only on the people keeping the secrets but also on their relationship with those around them. As Elena attempts to sort out the mystery of Yannis and why she has never heard of him until she is listed as his next of kin upon his death, she pries the lid off of a number of secrets that her various family members have been keeping from her and from each other.

The process of revealing these secrets not only brings freedom to those who were keeping the secrets, but it also helps Elena recognize her own tendency of hiding herself from others that she has learned from family members who spent years hiding their own secrets. This tendency to hide her real self is causing her pain in her own relationships, and this family drama is enough to encourage her to consider doing things differently.

I loved the way these characters were drawn -- both those living and those now gone -- and the combination of the present day story with the flashbacks to the past were handled beautifully. Very well done!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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I received an e-copy of this book from the author for review.
The book's premise looked very interesting to me. It really did exceed my expectations and I enjoyed delving into the secrets of the Poulose family. The book was written and well researched. I enjoyed learning more about the Greek Orthodox beliefs and practices. The Greek traditions were richly represented and my mouth watered most times when the author mentioned the delicious Greek food!
The characters were complex yet relatable. I especially enjoyed the depiction of the mother-daughter relationship between Kristina and Elena. Their relationship was particularly dysfunctional. Elena's realization that she acts more like her mother than she realizes and how that affects her current relationships was well-written.
There were times when I wanted to throttle Elena and times I wanted to hug her. She was so wrapped up in protecting herself from love that she was missing out on being loved.
The secrets mentioned in the book aren't earth shattering. It's really how they affect each of the characters. They become larger than life and end up changing the way that the whole family relates to one another.
The author uses a series of flashbacks to describe events that happens to the characters as they relate to Yannis. I enjoyed the historical times explored during these flashbacks and wished I could have spent more time there.
Once the reader is aware of Kristina's secret especially I did feel like the plot began to lag as Kristina repeatedly shut down and refused to talk to Elena about Yannis. The first few times were understandable but the longer it went on the less patient I was with Kristina and the process of revealing the secret to Elena.
However, the relational redemption that Kristina and Elena experienced more than made up for the slight plot lag in my opinion.
This was an enjoyable book. Recommended!
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