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The Rhythm of Secrets [Kindle Edition]

Patti Lacy
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Book Description

Sheila Franklin has lived three separate lives. Now a conservative pastor’s wife in Chicago, she is skilled at hiding secrets--a talent birthed during childhood romps through the music-filled streets of New Orleans. But when the son she bore at the age of eighteen comes back looking for answers and desperate for help, her greatest secret--and greatest regret--is revealed.

Eager to right past wrongs, Sheila’s heart floods with memories of lyrical jazz music and a worn-out Bible. But when her husband learns of her shady history, Sheila is suddenly faced with an impossible decision: embrace the dream--and son--she abandoned against her will or give in to the demands of her safe but stifled life. As she struggles to reclaim both her son and her identity, Sheila soon realizes that God’s grace spans both seas and secrets and that He is all she really needs.

With dynamic writing that makes the reader feel the heartache of a teenage mother, struggle with the disillusionment of an abandoned boy, and revel in the idea of grace despite flaws, rising star Patti Lacy takes her fans on a journey they won’t want to end--and won’t soon forget.

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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, her blog at, and her Facebook daily Artbites.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1270 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (December 22, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W8DX8M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,528 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Moving Novel from Patti Lacy January 25, 2011
Patti Lacy is one of those rare writers who puts everything out for examination. She doesn't just look at the pretty pieces of life, she looks at the bleak side, too. She knows that without experiencing the bitter, life wouldn't be half as sweet.

In The Rhythm of Secrets, we meet Sheila Franklin, a woman who has lived more lives than most of us could imagine. Tragic circumstances have taken away just about everyone she ever loved. Finally, in her role as wife to Edward, a conservative pastor, Sheila has found a sliver of peace. That is, until an unexpected phone threatens to tear down her carefully constructed facade.

From the streets of 1940's New Orleans to the jungles of Vietnam, Lacy delivers a story of God's undeniable grace, love and mercy. And she shows that sometimes, the only way to be delivered from your past is to embrace it. I highly recommend this moving novel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am FOREVER hooked on Lacy's Work..... January 25, 2011
By Molly
Wow. This book really hits home with me. Not that I live my life as three different woman. Not that I am full of secrets, either. It's just that Patti Lacy took an amazing plot line and turned it in to a real-to-life historical novel that immediately captured me. From the characters, to the secrecy to the tender, inspirational story line, Patti Lacy is a woman who knows what her readers want.

This is a book that you need to have a LOT of uninterrupted reading time with, because as the jazz music flows, the history comes to life and Sheila Franklin guards her secrets so carefully, that when her son, the baby she gave up for adoption long ago , comes to her in desperate need, she risks those moments of jazz, those moments of living her life as a pastor's wife, to do what ever she can to win back her son. Reading Shelia's story, I felt every emotional struggle that she dealt with, I could sit there and hear all the music and the thoughts that she thought....they were mine. I felt so much for Shelia's character. I wanted to wrap my arms around her and hug many times over, and to pray with her.

There were other issues woven into this beautiful story,like having a son that is bi-racial, prejudice, trust, God's amazing grace, yet Patti Lacy captures them all in a way that they flow beautifully together and really hit home with the reader. Secrets are brought to life, issues are dealt with and readers become the characters. The pages of this book will be turning long in to the night as, with each page turn, the reader is wanting more and more of this amazing writing from Patti Lacy.

So, please. If you are like me and have NEVER read a Patti Lacy novel, grab a copy of The Rhythm of Secrets now. It's beyond a 5 star rating, and you will never be the same.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story of God's Grace January 17, 2011
By Kimfurd
"Jesus could free her from her past. Her present. Free her for the future." (p. 252)

This is a story of a woman who has lived three very different lifestyles in her forty-some-odd years. And now, at the juncture of these very different life experiences yet a fourth and final episode lies ahead. Traveling half-way around the world with a son she is just getting to know, and to save a life of a woman living in the hell of sexual slavery, Sheila discovers that God is ever-present in all of her circumstances - that indeed, He has been by her side for many years. And now that all of her past secrets are laid bare to the world, she discovers that God has redeemed those as well.

What an amazing story. Somewhere, in some scene or in the words of some character, every reader is going to recognize a part of their spiritual journey. They are going to recognize God's sovereignty in every event of their life. The Rhythm of Secrets is a virtual symphony that honors all that is Holy and Righteous about our Heavenly Father. It strips the mask of human judgment from every heart and shines the light of truth and Christ's love into the darkest human conditions.

I encourage you to experience this story. Your heart will be touched and challenged by the truth you will find there. Patti Lacy has done an excellent job with this story, and I know God will touch many with its message!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful, brilliant novel January 21, 2011
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Strap yourself in for a multi-faceted story that will captivate you with its adventures and stir you with its insights. From saint to sinner, from piano parlors to dens of danger, from South to North to overseas, Patti Lacy uses a contrast of riveting events to build her characters and story. In some of the most powerful scenes, main character Sheila Franklin steps into an open-Bible world where God's messages are as awe-prostrating as they were in the days of Abraham and Moses. Throw away your Blu-rays and cell phones and iPods. Bring instead the bare essentials this author counts most important: a willing set of feet and a satchel of prayers.

I've read all of Patti's novels. Some of the most valuable takeaway gifts are the author's realistic tracings of sin and its growth, its demise, and its transformation into a redeemed tool to help others. Patti understands that humans are not cardboard cutouts from the same manufacturing plant. She tactfully boldfaces sin in the gutter and the pew, and she exposes it for the express purpose of whiting it out with God's saving grace. Such honesty busts open the door for transformation.

But she doesn't stop there. Her transformed protagonists, equipped with understanding and humility gathered at the bottom of life, span miles and seas and the crusted remnants of their shame to bless others in ways that sheltered Christians only dream about. God's light pulses brilliantly through Patti's stories precisely because she has the courage to shine it into dark places. Her novels are valuable for those who long to step onto the not-so-safe ground of ministry, as well as for those who long to recast the chains of their past into keys to free others.

This is no mediocre novel. The plot is as artfully woven as its musical backdrops.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lovely read.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance, faith, suspense, action
The author, Pattti Lacy is an accomplished musician . . . isn't she? This work is an autobiography . . .isn't it? I resented every interuption of my reading this book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by karen j chism
4.0 out of 5 stars This book does an excellent job of showing how God is able and willing...
This book does an excellent job of showing how God is able and willing to overcome the hurts and wounds we receive in life and more than that, give grace to transform those... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gene Oborny
1.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic, token references to Real Faith in Jesus
I actually wished I had stopped reading this book after the first few chapters. I am bothered by portraying life in all it's horrors resulting from the devastation of cruelty and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cmc
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading
Unputdownable. Totally realistic. Highly recommended. Unputdownable. Totally realistic. Highly recommended. Unputdownable. Totally realistic. Highly recommended.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I had a really hard time getting into this book for the first 100...
I had a really hard time getting into this book for the first 100 pages. If I hadn’t committed to review it for a blog tour I probably would have set it aside and quit reading. Read more
Published 5 months ago by toobusyreading
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
The Rhythm of Secrets drew me in at the beginning and didn't let go until I read the last page! I love Patti Lacy's take on real-life, the ways she shows how judgmental we can be... Read more
Published on May 15, 2012 by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must have.
I LOVED this book. Patti Lacy has taken an ordinary, every day pastor's wife and given her a secret. A HUGE secret. Read more
Published on September 16, 2011 by Lee Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars A story full of Secrets but enjoyable
For Shelia Franklin, a phone call comes that will change her life forever. She will finally get to meet him, someone from her past that she's wanted to meet for over 20 years. Read more
Published on August 25, 2011 by ibjoy1953
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhythm of Secrets
Pastor's wife Sheila gets a call that turns her world upside down. It's the son she was forced to give up for adoption twenty years ago. Read more
Published on July 7, 2011 by believer
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More About the Author

In 2005, Patti traded in her grade books for a writer's pen to tell the long-buried story of her best friend. "An Irishwoman's Tale," "What the Bayou Saw," and "The Rhythm of Secrets" explore the secrets women keep and why they keep them. Patti's fourth book, "Reclaiming Lily," from Bethany House, transports readers to a Chinese orphanage, where two cultures and two women collide. Claiming influences as diverse as Francine Rivers and Jodi Piccoult, Patti weaves stories of grace that have in their fiber real-life incidents.

Currently Patti's juggling three projects: a friend's memoir, an 1860s historical romance, and a series set in Patti's home town, Normal, Illinois. Patti soothes her itch to teach by leading seminars, facilitating writing classes, and speaking at women's events. Patti and her husband Alan, a college professor, have two grown children and a dog named Laura.

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