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The Secret of Everything: A Novel Paperback – December 29, 2009
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This book was an easy read, pretty standard chick lit fare; beautiful emotionally damaged woman meets incredibly handsome but equally damaged man, sparks and sex fly and together they help each other heal. Nothing earth shattering here, although there was a bit of an interesting mystery involving Tessa's past. Some small magical realism bits seemed a little out of place. The characters were very likable, especially the character of Natalie, a little girl grieving the loss of her mother. The descriptions of New Mexico make you want to pack your bags tomorrow. The story lines eventually come together in one big happy bow at the end, not too believable but if you just want to have a nice beach read this is the book for you.
Tessa Harlow is recuperating from an injury sustained when a landslide occurred while she was leading a hiking tour group in the mountains and one of the members was swept into the river and drowned. Tessa's own rescue from the river awakened long-dormant memories of a similar rescue when she was a child, an accident about which her father has been strangely quiet, though it was responsible for her mother's death.
Drawn to the New Mexico town of Las Ladronas and thinking it would be the ideal destination for a future tour group, Tessa finds herself embroiled in a series of strange emotions and coincidences that add layer upon layer to the mystery of her life and questions about the relationships between people in the story who seem to be so drawn to each other. Of course there is delicious love interest in the person of Vince Grasso, a handsome widower with three appealing little girls, one of whom is troubled over the death of her own mother and to whom Tessa feels especially drawn.
The book's appeal is heightened by the charming presence of very affectionate dogs and the sprinkling of real recipes (the author is actually a food professional herself). The recipes remind the reader of the power of good, nourishing food, lovingly prepared, to comfort and heal.
I was so sorry when this book ended...it gave great pleasure.
I also loved the delicious-sounding recipes scattered throughout the book. Finally, a great bonus for me, were the wonderful dogs that so brilliantly came to life as family members of various characters. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys escaping to another location and experiencing the joys and sorrows of well-developed, likable characters.
I believe this Author and this book is up there with the writings o f my favorite author N. Sparks!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Never lost interest, well developed characters. In every chapter I was captivated by the writing.Published 15 days ago by Nancy L. Otto
This book tugged at my heart as I walked the journey of forgiveness of self and the process of renewal.Published 3 months ago by K. P.
Tessa is recovering from an accident from one of the hiking adventure tours that she managed and led. But it is not only physical injuries that she is getting over. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michelle Boytim
Great characters, a nice mix of spiritual and physical references, and the bonus of delicious recipes in nearly every chapter. A delicious read.Published 8 months ago by Copy That Clicks
It may take half a lifetime to gather all the fixings that make your life work better. Trust your gut and name what you want. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Estelle Lee
I was completely captured by this story. I read the first few chapters last night but had to finish it this morning. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Roberta C.
I enjoyed the story and the believable characters. I wish there was a sequel for the story to continue! Loved it!Published 10 months ago by Pamela K. Bodine
I loved this book. The author really knows people. It's a beautiful love story, a coming of age story, a forgiveness story, filled with kindness and understanding. Simply lovely. Read morePublished 14 months ago by JannieinVA