House of Secrets, Book Review with Giveaway

by 5 Minutes for Books

Bailee Cooper’s life is going very well. She is on a successful career path at a growing publishing company, and the boss’s son Mark, who happens to be a really nice guy, would love nothing more than to develop a relationship with her. Unfortunately, Bailee resists emotional ties with anyone, except for her younger sisters. Although they are adults, Bailee can’t help but feel responsible for them, and she refuses to take on jobs or relationships that could interfere with caring for their needs. Bailee’s difficulties stem from the past–she saw her father drug her mother as a child, and her mother died during the night. She has kept this secret since childhood, while vowing to stay strong for her younger sisters who rely on her like a mother.

When Bailee’s father asks the girls to come to their summer home for an announcement, Bailee heads to Washington state to meet her family. Bailee’s dad shares a surprise with the girls, but their response shocks him. As the secrets and pain from the past come out, the tenuous threads holding the family together unravel. In a moment of distress, Bailee calls Mark, who drops everything and heads to Washington to offer support during the confusing and traumatic time. Bailee must deal with the past and work on the present crisis before she can deal with any thoughts of the future. With Mark’s support, and God’s love, Bailee works to find healing and hope.

House of Secrets is a touching and dramatic story. At its core, House of Secrets exposes the difficult challenges that families face when a loved one is suffering from mental illness. Although mental illness ranges in severity, I don’t know many families who have not dealt with the pain and devastating effects related to mental illness in some way. Author Tracie Peterson does an excellent job of portraying the suffering, the anger, the challenges, and even the guilt that family members face. While the details of Bailee’s story are extreme, the story resonates easily with anyone who has been touched by these difficulties.

House of Secrets is a moving, fast-paced novel that is difficult to put down. The emotions are real and raw, and I grieved for the loss and struggles experienced by the three sisters. Tracie Peterson has crafted a well-written story that exposes the realities of mental illness, while offering hope for healing. I recommend it to all of you.

Thanks to Bethany House, we have one copy of House of Secrets to giveaway (U.S. shipping address only). Please leave a comment on this post. We’ll announce the winner in our book review column here on January 23.

 

Original review by 5 Minutes for Books staff reviewer: Lauren is a wife, mother of two, and an avid reader. She blogs at Baseballs and Bows.



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1 Maddy January 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I’m a bit tentative, but I trust your take on it.

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2 Meghan January 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Great giveaway…thanks for the chance to win!

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3 Barbara H. January 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I love Tracie Peterson, and I haven’t read this one yet. Would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

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4 Terra Heck January 9, 2012 at 3:25 am

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10 Alison S. January 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I’ve enjoyed her books before. I’d love to read this one, too.

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11 Brenda Smith January 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm

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12 CAndie L January 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm

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14 Chuck January 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

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15 riTa January 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Families dealing with mental illness–that interests me.
Thank you!

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16 Jeni Monroe January 9, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Thank you for a great review and giveaway =)

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17 Gail January 10, 2012 at 8:39 am

I’ve enjoyed other Tracie Peterson books and this one sounds a bit different, I’d like to be in please!

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35 Bethany January 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

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36 Joni January 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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37 Garrett January 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm

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38 Marci January 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm

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39 Anita Yancey January 13, 2012 at 8:30 pm

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40 Staci A January 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

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41 eg kaufman January 14, 2012 at 7:52 am

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42 Ann* January 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. I worked for a lady with a adult with mental illness and its a subject alot of people arent familiar with or know how to handle .

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43 Julie Lynn Bickham January 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Thanks for the giveaway, looks like a great read!

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44 Sandi January 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I’ve enjoyed many of Tracie Peterson’s books, and am sure I would also enjoy this one. Thanks for the opportunity of a chance to win.

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45 Van January 15, 2012 at 8:06 pm

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47 Kelly Marceau January 16, 2012 at 9:14 am

I haven’t read this one yet and would really like to.

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49 Laurie Harrison January 19, 2012 at 1:47 am

I would like to win. This book sounds like something I can relate to. (mental illness) I don’t know if I will remember to come back and check to see if I won so please email if I am the lucky one. Thanks for the giveaway.
Laurie

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50 Jeanne January 21, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Would love to read this book. Thank you for this awesome giveaway. :) Jeanne

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51 Diana Bradford Hatch January 22, 2012 at 10:08 am

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win!

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52 Claire January 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm

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53 Candie L January 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm

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55 DebbyM January 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm

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56 Betty January 22, 2012 at 8:35 pm

There is nothing like a snowstorm that has me check what books I have tbr. Great review, and this plot line does not sound like they mystery/thrillers I have been reading

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57 Jennifer January 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm

This book looks great!

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58 Ashley January 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm

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