House of Secrets
As far back as she can remember, Bailee Cooper’s past has been laden with secrets. From a very young age she can remember her mother making her hide in fear and promising not to tell anyone or else bad men might come and take her. The biggest secret of all happened 15 years ago at her family’s vacation home their night her mentally ill mother died. When their father asks Bailee and her sisters to come spend some time with him at that home, everything changes; secrets come out, misunderstandings are revealed and relationships are changed.
In this midst of all this turmoil, Mark Delahunt is determined to win Bailee. He drops everything for Bailee to show her what love and security look like; he longs to give her a place where she feels safe to let her guard down. Despite his good intentions, Bailee doesn’t feel she deserves what he’s offering. She also knows that she has some issues she must deal with on her own before she can even think of entering into a relationship with Mark.
Can Bailee ever trust Mark enough? Will she ever be comfortable enough in her own life to let someone else in? Or will she always live with fear and anxiety of the future? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
It’s interesting to me that there are so many books novels out that deal with real-life topics, such as mental illness. While I’ve never dealt with a mentally ill family member, the book seems to be written in a way that would really resonate with those who have. Many times families that deal with these issues have so many secrets, or things they just keep to themselves. Sometimes these things aren’t even discussed amongst the family members themselves; this can lead to misunderstandings and fractured relationships. Tracie Peterson does a great job of tackling these issues in a way that is that is intriguing, not in a way that is uncomfortable for the reader.
I really enjoyed reading this book and watching the relationships of the characters evolve over such a short period of time. I found myself emotionally invested in the story and really felt for the characters as I learned the truth about their past.
I was rooting for them to work out their issues and really reconnect as a family rather than letting secrecy separate them. I don’t remember reading any other books by Tracie Peterson, but if they’re all this good I can’t wait to read some more!
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I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.