- "Ellyn Oaksmith addresses serious issues with a sweet and sassy hand. FamilySecrets made me laugh out loud too many times to count. -Leslie Lehr, author of What A Mother Knows.
- "LOVED,LOVED, LOVED this book! Great characters--hysterical dialogue--spot on teenangst--BRAVO! A funny, tender, poignant book about family dynamics and how theghosts of the past haunt us in the present." -Christa Allen, Author of Walking on Broken Glass
- "I recommend Family Secrets to my readers who are fans of funny, laugh-out-loud, women's fiction, that will touch the heart and leave you thinking about your own life!" - A Tasty Read Book Reviews
- "A story full of honesty and perseverance...funny and truthful." - Brooke Blogs
- "I would recommend this to anyone... a joy to read." - Racing to Read
- "This is a great story to read and one than explores cracks in a family unit that were just waiting to appear." - Mrs. Brown's Books.
From the Author
Family Secrets is near and dear to my heart because it's about survival, grace and the passionate love between mothers and their daughters. I set the book in my own neighborhood, using elements from different stories I had heard, over the years, living in suburban Seattle. During the course of writing this book I saw marriages fall apart, teenage children getting into trouble and families go into deep crisis when the economy tanked in 2007.
The character of the grandmother arrived fully fledged, on her own as a catalyst that pushed the story, and this troubled family, forward. Not only does Faye cause more problems, she ends up solving them by simply refusing to go away. She wants to make amends to her daughter even if it kills them both.
As a child raised in a family with an alcoholic parent I know the disease intimately and the pain it causes. I also know that the alcoholic parent cannot control their own disease until they get outside help and support. Family Secrets dives into the story right at the moment when Faye, the mother, has healed and her daughter is still very angry.
As for the ending, sometimes readers really want to know what happened after I ended the narrative. It's an interesting question that I love discussing with book groups and readers.