Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Rhythm of Secrets

Thank you to LitFuse Group for providing this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the book: Since 1955, Sheila Franklin, a talented musician, has perfectly performed the role of devout pastor’s wife, locking away her past as Sheba Alexander and Sylvia Allen. Her carefully constructed façade crumbles with a single phone call from a young Marine named Samuel, the illegitimate son she secretly put up for adoption. Samuel begs Sheila to use her government contacts to get his fiancé, Mali, a Thai prostitute, into America. A dangerous mixture of love and guilt spurs her to help her only child even though it devastates her husband Edward and exposes her questionable past. After a quarrel with Edward, Sheila and Samuel board a C-130 for Thailand and then search Bangkok’s steamy streets for a Madonna-faced prostitute. The two whisk Mali from a brothel but are seized by a warlord who considers Mali his “number one girl.” In a teak “ghost house,” Sheila discovers God’s grace and gains the freedom she needs to find her own identity—Sheila, Sylvia, and Sheba. A framed story, this novel has roots in the bohemian 1940s New Orleans French Quarter and spans three decades, including the turbulent Vietnam era.

I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure what to expect. I had never read anything by Patti Lacy before. I found her refreshingly different. This was a fantastic story. I loved the way the story was told, the rhythm. Be sure to check out her website, there is a sound track to go with each chapter. There was so much grace in this story. It was heartbreaking to think of this young mother having to walk away from her child and then live a lifetime without him. The mom in me really connected to that part of the story. I plan on checking out her other books and suggest you do the same!

About Patti: Baylor graduate, taught community college humanities until God called her to span seas and secrets in her novels, An Irishwoman's Tale and What the Bayou Saw. She has two grown children and a dog named Laura. She and her husband can be seen jog-walking the streets of Normal, Illinois, an amazing place to live for a woman born in a car. For more information, visit Patti's website at www.pattilacy.com, her blog at www.pattilacy.com/blog, and her Facebook daily Artbites. Patti's longer bio here.

Patti and her publisher, Kregel, are giving away a NOOK prize package worth over $150 to one lucky winner!!!! Enter the Nook eReader Giveaway and you could win: * A brand new Nook eReader with Wi-Fi * $25 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble To enter, simply click here (http://wildfireapp.com/website/6/contests/91774 ) to enter, then tell 5 or more friends about the contest. Oh, and enter soon! Winner will be announced on February 16th at Patti's Rhythm of Secrets Facebook Party. But, wait there’s more! Come to the Rhythm of Secrets Facebook Party on December 16th! Patti will be announcing the winner of The Rhythm of Secrets NOOK giveaway at her Party on FB February 16th! She’ll be hosting a book club discussion of The Rhythm of Secrets and giving away other fun prizes! (signed copies of her books and gift certificates to Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, & iTunes!). Don’t miss the fun at Patti’s FB Author Page on February 16th at 5pm PST ( 6 pm MST, 7 pm CST, & 8 pm EST)!

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  1. Sounds like an interesting book. I have never read anything by her either, will have to do that :)

  2. Stacie, thank you so much for investing in my book despite youro busy life. I LOVE your capacity to bloom where you're planted, even at a Hobbit Door!