by Jodi Thomas

August 2005
ISBN: 0-7783-2202-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

They were a diverse group of people if ever there was one! Widowed and single parent Reverend Micah Parker, newly divorced “poor” little rich girl Lora Whitman, college professor Dr. Sidney Dickerson (who was to chair the committee), the retired old maid school teachers, the Rogers sisters, and notorious town bad boy, roguish Billy Hatcher. The mayor had chosen these six community members, with absolutely nothing in common, to make the important decision of what to do with the once majestic Altman house, home of one of Clifton Creek’s founding families.

After the last member of the family, Miss Rosa Lee Altman, died a few years ago, the house and grounds became the town of Clifton Creek's property. Rosa Lee had fallen on hard times and through the years was forced to sell off pieces of her land to survive until only the house and her once beautiful gardens remained. Rosa Lee lived out the last years of her spinster life as a recluse with the house falling more and more into disrepair. What secrets does the dark and gloomy house guard about this mysterious woman and her past? The committee members are determined to find out the truth about Miss Rosa Lee. With the little time allotted them to research Rosa Lee’s life and times, the committee quickly sees the old place as more then just a dilapidated pile of bricks and mortar. In the mean time, someone is trying very hard to “persuade” the committee to make the decision to demolish the eyesore and sell the remaining Altman land to one of the various oil companies that has been vying for it. The written, verbal and physical threats the members receive won’t deter them from their purpose, of unearthing The Secrets of Rosa Lee.

Jodi Thomas is a wondrous storyteller of the umpteenth degree! Fans of Debbie Macomber will find Jodi Thomas’ writing style reminiscent of that author’s works. The Secrets of Rosa Lee continues the small town mystery and romantic adventures begun in its prequel, The Widows of Wichita County with the addition of more superbly crafted characters, and follow-ups on the ones we grew to care about in the first book. A super summer read!

Reviewed in July 2005 by Bonnie.

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