by Heather Cullman

January 2004
ISBN: 0-451-21091-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Putnam
Mass Market Paperback

Christian English is a man without a name. A victim of amnesia, he has learned to get on with his life the best that he can. His first memories are of when he was kidnapped, then later sold into slavery. Since he didnít know his name his captors called him Christian English. He is no longer a slave and imprisoned, but a guest at a comfortable manor outside of London, staying with the man who rescued him, Mr. Gideon Harwood.

Bethany is Gideonís sister and she is attracted to Christian but knows that nothing can ever come of it because of her past. Bethany is kind hearted, lovely and very loyal to her family and friends. She will do anything in her power to keep her family safe.

Even though Christian isnít sure who he is or what he was before his slavery, he does know that Bethany is the one for him. But first he must find out who he really is. Can uncovering his past lead to happier times for Christian and Bethany or will only heartache ensue?

Secrets is filled with just that - secrets of all kinds, from people trying to bring together Christian and Bethany, to Bethany wanting to help women in need, to someone trying to kill Christian. Most of these secrets are releated to what Christian is trying to find out about his past.

Christian and Bethany are perfect for each other, they compliment each other and both love each other and they are trying to move forward with what has happened in their past. The secondary characters are wonderful as well. They bring the extra dimensions and dynamics to the story. There are several secondary characters that I would like to see appear in their own story in the future.

Heather Cullman has given us a story of love can conquer all. There are no mistakes or hurt that can not be overcome. Secrets can be finished in one setting as it pulls at your heartstrings all the misery, salvation and love of Christian and Bethany and all they go through to be together.

Reviewed in December 2003 by Pam.

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