by Leisha Kelly

August 2005
ISBN: 0-8007-5985-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Fleming H. Revell
Trade Paperback

Julia Wortham and her teenage daughter, Sarah, have been mothering the neighbor’s children since their own mama died. The two youngest children even call Julia mama now. She teaches one of the neighbor children, Frankie, at home; because everyone feels he is too stupid to survive in public school. Julia disagrees.

When the neighbor’s teenage daughter, Rorey, starts seeing an older boy, Frankie tries to stop her. But what happens proves disastrous. Frankie is beat up and left barely walking. Although he refuses to talk about what happened, Sarah is convinced she knows who did it. When Rorey’s family’s barn catches on fire that night, it destroys their home, leaving the family homeless. What will they do? Did Rorey’s boyfriend actually do these deeds? If so, why? If not, who did and why?

Rorey's Secret is set during depression days and shows the hardness of the times. The financial situation is better in this book than in the previous books in the series. Readers will want to read the first two books first, as Rorey's Secret is a continuation of them.

Written in alternating Julia and Sarah’s points of view, the reader gets insights in what both women are thinking and feeling as the drama of one very nightmarish day unfolds. The reader will feel for them and even find themselves praying for some of the characters! Ms. Kelly did at awesome job at bringing her characters to life.

Pick up a copy of Rorey's Secret today for a fantastic read.

Reviewed in August 2005 by Laura.

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