by Rochelle Alers

July 2003
ISBN: 0-7434-7030-3
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Mass Market Paperback

It turned out to be the worst day of Morgana Wells' life. Her mother had passed away. Shortly after receiving the news, Morgana discovered her husband of 28 years was cheating on her. In pain, she headed back to Salvation, Georgia to bury her mother and think about her life. In the attic of her childhood home, she found her mother's diaries.

As Morgana read her mother's private thoughts, she discovered truths about her life that she would never have dreamed. Into the journey she was taking walked Erik Wilson. Erik was a local artist who reminded Morgana of things she had forgotten. He helped her rediscover parts of herself that had been lost in her marriage and her life. Morgana slowly came to terms with her grief and her anger. In doing so, she remembered that there were some secrets that should never be told.

Ms. Alers has written a powerful book about a woman dealing with broken trust and death. All of her characters grow throughout the story to achieve a certain maturity by the end. The use of the mother's diary to tell background facts is well-done. The reader can become tangled up in the turbulent lives of the characters, losing track of time to find out how the story will end.

It's no surprise that Morgana's hometown is called Salvation. SECRETS NEVER TOLD is about forgiveness. It proves that one can never be too old to accept that no one is perfect. The reader is reminded, just like Morgana, that there are some secrets that should be kept quiet. Even though they are never told, they will make you stronger.

Reviewed in August 2003 by Jenni.

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