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Secrets (The Michelli Family Series #1) Paperback – September 1, 2004
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"a wonderful combination of contemporary fiction, romance and mystery, with a strong faith message that is neither preachy nor condescending." -- Bookloons.com
"fast-paced and complex love story, enhanced by a riveting mystery. Lance is a keeper as a hero and Rese adorable." -- Romantic Times
...sparring and humorous conflict between the main characters contrasts poignantly with heart-rending mysteries of their lives...a stirring read. -- Christian Book Previews
About the Author
Kristen Heitzmann is a full-time writer and bestselling author of twelve previous novels including Halos and The Still of Night. She and her family live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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The mystery in this book involved Lance's quest for the truth about his family. Following a debilitating stroke, his grandmother sends him on his mission with nothing but a letter with an address to a long-lost relative, now a nun in a convent. From there, he is given yet another address to a villa in Sonoma, California, clear across the country from his home in New York. Lance takes a job as a cook from a very skeptical Rese, who doesn't have high expectations from a guy with an earring. Through her stomach, his music and a lot of sweet-talking and boundary-pushing, Lance penetrates her wall of defenses, while he searches for the unnamed secrets that his grandmother wants him to find. Everything gets complicated, as his concern for Rese's well-being escalates, while the pieces of the past come together.
Everything about Rese says, "Back off, buddy, or I'll deck you." She is a skilled carpenter, and has taken on the old villa to renovate as a bed and breakfast. While Lance has loads of regrets from poor choices, Rese has suffered debilitating traumas and abuse, but has learned to steel herself against the storms. Her friend, Star, calls Rese a rock; Lance says she's "tough as nails." Inside, however, she is fragile and uncertain, especially as she continues to deal with the tragic death of her father and abuse from her mother. Everything for her is about respect and maintaining control. Controlling Lance or Star is like trying to tame the wind. She parrots her father's beliefs that there is nothing beyond the grave, yet comes to questions those ideas, once she learns some family secrets of her own.
It took a while to get into this book, but once I did, it was hard to put down. Most of the plot I did not anticipate. It's as unpredictable as Lance himself. The characters are endearing, and you really start to care about them. You definitely want to know what comes next by the time you learn this is book #1 in a trilogy!
It did take a while for me to figure out that the Italicized lines at the beginning of each chapter were Lance's grandmother's thoughts. I first assumed they were lines of songs he wrote (He is a man of many talents.).
This book deals with some tough issues--including mental illness, abuse, and some other stuff. Reading about Lance, Rese and Star's wrestling can stir up some emotions for folks who've personally dealt with these issues. I would never recommend that anyone initiate a relationship the way these folks do, but the way these broken people help each other is very sweet.
The story and setting was so wonderfully crafted that I felt like I was, literally, in a quiet place with peaceful surroundings. As the business relationship between Rese and Lance forged ahead quite easily, I wondered whether they would ever take notice of the electrical currents surrounding them when they were together.
Then there were the secrets .... so many things shrouded in mystery. The story alternated between present time with Rese and Lance to Lance's grandmother reliving age-old memories, which shed light on some of the secrets.
In Rese's life, there were also secrets - a painful discovery she had made after her father had passed, a decision made to protect her yet now threatened to tear her apart.
Secrets is a gripping story which is sure to appeal to your emotions and you, too, will find yourself drawn into a quiet atmosphere, getting to know a few interesting characters along the journey.