About the Book
Book: The Secret Place
Author: Camille Eide
Genre: Contemporary women’s fiction/romance
Release date: April 15, 2021
How far can love bend before it breaks?
Josie Norris became an instant mommy when her twin sister Nadine handed over her newborn son and vanished. What Josie saw as a temporary arrangement grew into a mother-son bond too deep to uproot. But with her irrational sister threatening to steal him back, Josie has been living the last few years with Kennedy in hiding, afraid to go home.
When Aunt Libby—the only person who knows the truth about Kennedy—suffers a traumatic head injury, Josie rushes to her McKenzie River home to help Gram care for the woman who raised her. But not only is Libby’s injury causing family secrets to spill, it’s forcing Josie to see the women in her life in a new light.
Will—a ranger who Kennedy adores and who Josie is determined not to—is desperate to help the woman who has stolen his affections. But can Josie ever truly be authentic with the man she loves? With her son’s fate hanging in the balance, she is faced with the choice to risk everything she loves in order to bridge the most impossible gulfs.
In this story of mothers, daughters, and sisters, Josie must find the grace to forgive people for not being who she needed them to be…and the courage to surrender her fears to the God who has never once left her side.
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About the Author
Camille Eide (EYE-dee) is the award-winning author of poignant, inspirational love stories including The Memoir of Johnny Devine. Camille lives in Oregon with her husband and has three adult kids and five grandkids. She loves baking, muscle cars, and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She also loves the liberating truth and wisdom of God’s word, and hopes that her stories will stir your heart, strengthen your faith, and encourage you on your journey.
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Secrets That Won’t Stay Hidden
Josie, the heroine in The Secret Place, faces more than one dilemma as a result of imperfect confidantes and their unkept secrets. So what inspired this story?
Many years ago, my late father-in-law suffered a traumatic brain injury and was life-flighted to a hospital 150 miles away. Family members gathered and were told to prepare for the possibility that he wouldn’t last the night. In an answer to many prayers, he made it through the night, but was in a coma, and no one knew what his future held or what long term effects his injuries would have.
His recovery was long, strange, and uncertain. In the first two weeks, he went from unconscious to incoherent to muttering. Then he progressed to forming real words, but what he said made no sense.
As his communication began to improve, his speech turned into an ongoing narrative. He talked about events and people and things long ago—including things we hadn’t heard before, things that confused and surprised family members young and old. We realized that these revelations were not simply a product of his addled brain, but in fact true. To our dismay, his social filters and verbal etiquette were gone, which made his kids and grandkids more than a little nervous. What kinds of memories and expressions would we hear from this beloved man of faith whom we all suspected had been a bit of a rascal as a youth?
To everyone’s relief, though my father-in-law said peculiar things and told us stories no one knew about, he didn’t have any shocking skeletons in his closet, and after eight weeks, he was pretty much back to his sensible, knowing self. But the fact that his private thoughts and potential secrets had at one point been so completely exposed sparked some intriguing “what if” questions in this writer’s mind:
- What if you lost the ability to keep your private thoughts and secrets safe?
- How might your life change if your secrets or some hidden past were exposed?
- What if the person to whom you’ve entrusted a most crucial secret suddenly couldn’t?
The book’s title refers to several kinds of secret place. I look forward to hearing how many secret places readers can find in this story.
The Secret Place by Camille Eide is a Contemporary women’s fiction/romance novel. This is the first time I have read anything by this author and it will not be the last. I was drawn in within the first few pages. Josie and Nadine had a rough life growing up. They were abandoned by their mom at a young age. They are raised by their aunt and grandmother. Since they are twins, they are close until they choose different paths in high school. Josie, who has become an instant mommy with her sister leaving her newborn in her care has been through a lot. She knows that she needs to keep her son/nephew safe. She knows the pain of being abandoned and does not want that for Kennedy. She has been hiding out trying to keep him safe. She knows, Nadine, his biological mom is not rational.
When Josie returns home when there is a family emergency - she realizes she has been so wrong about the women in her family. I love how the author wrote this. When we're younger we don't see the truth behind our upbringing - and when we mature and gain some experience we see that our parents did what they had to do. This is the case with Josie. While the story deals with some heavy issues - they are handled with grace.
Well written characters, descriptive story line - I look forward to more from this author. I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program - all thoughts are my own.
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