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ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s #1 national bestselling novels include Let the Church Say Amen, I Know I’ve Been Changed, and Say Amen, Again, winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. Her collaboration with Victoria Christopher Murray has produced three hit novels, Sinners & Saints, Friends & Foes, and Fortune & Fame. Visit ReShondaTateBillingsley.com, meet the author on Facebook at ReShondaTateBillingsley, or follow her on Twitter @Reshondat.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 1 edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451639651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451639650
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She has done it again....FANTASTIC! I have not read a book this good in a long time. This book made me smile, laugh, and tear up. If you are looking for a good read...this will do it. There is great information about mental illness.
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Reshonda has done it again, this book kept me from beginning to end!! Love the concept of this book!!! This book exposed things that people tend to ignore or sweep under the rug! Thank you for this one!!
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Can a Secret keep you from staying with the one you love?

Lance Kingston a successful magazine executive has it all,Everything but the women of his dreams.Refusing to settle for less he stops looking until he meets Tia. Tia is a women all about her business.Burying her self in tons of work keeps her busy so a love life in not even on her mind.When Lance And Tia bump into each other he feels like he just have to have her and nothing will stop him from getting her.Tia agrees to a date but deep down she knows that the secret she is keeping can run any man away that ever meets, but once she gets to know lance their life just take off.Once Lance finds out the secret will he be able to handle all that comes with it or walk away from his true love?

Hats off to ReShonda!!!!!! This was my first story by her and I must say that I really enjoyed it.The message in this story was great and very informative.The characters grab you straight in. You can feel every emotion that they are going through. At moments I was laughing and then turning around crying.Cant wait to read more from this author.
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This starts out as a sweet love story about a man, Lance, who has been hurt by a woman, Crystal, then finds another woman, Tia, and falls madly in love. But we know that this author doesn't do a typical love story, so throw in some interesting inlaws and an unusual family issue that Tia is determined to keep under wraps, and you have the makings of an emotion packed journey.

The characters are real...so believable that at one point I forgot I was reading a story, and got mad at the main character and tried to help her out. I laughed, got teary-eyed and thoroughly involved in this story about how true love endures, and true love stays through better and through worse, through sickness and through health... Yes, I highly recommend this book...it's ReShonda at her best.
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After reading the synopsis I had an idea of what this book would be about. After reading this book I feel as though I now know a lot more about the illness known as Bipolar Disorder.

In The Secret She Kept we are introduced to Ms. Tia Jiles a beautiful and successful attorney. Tia is also a person who believes in giving back to the community and does so by providing free legal services to them. With all of these attributes why isn't she a Mrs. instead of a Ms? According to Tia she doesn't have time for relationships.

We are also introduced to successful Lance Kingston. Lance is marriage minded but due to circumstances beyond his control he ended what he thought was a relationship on the way to marriage.

Lance encounters Tia at a function and he is immediately smitten by her. Lance is not one to give up on what he wants and he wants Tia. After constantly being pursued she eventually gives in and goes on a date with him and the rest is history.

After a whirlwind romance and a rush to the altar Lance begins to see things in Tia he never saw before. Tia exhibits drastic mood swings and extremely erratic behavior. Lance eventually learns Tia is suffering from a mental illness that she neglected to inform him of. After learning this Lance has to make some life altering decisions. But now that he's married to Tia he also to make decisions that are also in her best interest.

After reading The Secret She Kept I walked away feeling as though I had learned something. I had a clearer understanding of the effects of Bipolar Disorder on the family as well as the person who is suffering with the mental illness. I realized this illness is very real and very, very, serious.

I would recommend anyone looking for a powerful read to please pick up The Secret She Kept because you won't be disappointed.
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This book is both drama-filled and enlightening. Tia's story sheds light on mental illness and how the black community still #TheSecretSheKept by @reshondatatebillingsley is both drama-filled and enlightening. Tia's story sheds light on mental illness and how the black community still tries to hide it so that they can pray it away in private. Tia's road to recovery was rough. Very rough. But it also brought awareness to the stigma that's still an issue today. Mental Illness is real! But with so many different treatment options these days, it doesn't have to shameful secret. I encourage you all to read with a open mind and try to grasp the message with understanding because calling someone "crazy" or "insane" when they are suffering from a legitimate medical condition is ignorant. Anyways, this book is a must read! to hide it so that they can pray it away in private. Tia's road to recovery was rough. Very rough. But it also brought awareness to the stigma that's still an issue today. Mental Illness is real! But with so many different treatment options these days, it doesn't have to shameful secret. I encourage you all to read with a open mind and try to grasp the message with understanding because calling someone "crazy" or "insane" when they are suffering from a legitimate medical condition is ignorant.
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