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I am loving Lacy’s literary style fiction. The Rhythm of Secrets didn’t disappoint this reader. Where other writers may have fallen short with this surprising tale Lacy’s unique twist of descriptive phrases brought this tale to life.
The story itself is unusual, inspired by a true story that begins in New Orleans, 1940 with a teenager as the heroine. We follow her through the mistakes made in a flash of false love, life changes and finally the facing of who she really is.
The Rhythm of Secrets is the perfect title. Lies are woven with the measure of beats until they become the main character’s musical score.
Lacy has even included the music of the book on her website, www.pattilacy.com This is a book to read and savor and yet not put down. I stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish it because the last third of the book would not let me go to bed.
Back cover copy:
Sheila Franklin has masqueraded as the precocious daughter of an avant-garde parents in colorful 1940s New Orleans, a teen desperate for love and acceptance, and an unwed mother sent North with her shame.
After marring Edward, Shelia artfully masks her secrets, allowing Edward to gain prominence as a conservative pastor. When one phone call from a disillusioned Vietnam veteran destroys her cover, Shelia faces an impossible choice: save her son and his beloved…or imperil Edward’s ambitions.
Inspired by a true story, The Rhythm of Secrets intermingles jazz, classical, and sacred music in a symphony trumpeting God’s grace.
The front cover captured my attention with these words:
A Secret List, A Fugitive Warrior, One Life-Saving Option….
How could anyone resist?
Masquerade Marriage takes place in Scotland in 1796. I’ve read many books in this time period and often find myself yawning by chapter three. Not so with this treasure by Greene.
The characters are fresh, there is a lot of action, danger and I found myself having to read just one more page. Another pleasure in reading this book is learning about Scotland during that time. Greene has presented enough setting details and information about the warring communities in a way that is not lecturing. She has included it as a part of the story and you won’t find yourself skipping over those parts. And if you do run into a word you aren’t familiar with there is a glossary in the front of the book. Give it a quick read through and you’ll have no trouble understanding what the words in the story refer to.
I’d recommend picking this one up. It’s a great book to read on a cold winter day.
Here’s the back cover copy:
A Secret List
Top protect his loved ones and escape the dark fate of his brothers, a noted warrior abandons his identity. Hiding from relentless soldiers who want him dead. Brody MacCaulay vows to protect the woman he loves more than life, more than freedom, more than Scotland. But his presence throws her into danger.
A Vow Honored
To escape an arranged marriage to an abusive noble, a Lowland Lady weds a stranger to save his life. But vows spoken do not make a marriage, especially when Megan MacMurry holds a different love inside her heart.
A Sacrifice Made
An outlaw, and with a price on his head, Brody condemns himself to a life of heartbreak without Megan. Wanting her desperately, knowing he can’t have her, he heads alone to a certain death….