Published by Bethany House on October 5, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Christian / Contemporary, Fiction / Family Life / General, Fiction / Women
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Secrets are like pennies. Everybody's got one, even the poorest among us.
For generations, the Jensens have raised their families in the small Montana town of Moose Creek, where gossip spreads faster than the wind. Yet some secrets need to be told.
When twenty-one-year-old Bea discovers she's pregnant on the heels of her husband losing his job, she's forced to admit she needs help and asks her dad for a place to stay. But past resentments keep her from telling him all that's going on.
Mitch Jensen is thrilled to have a full house again, though he's unimpressed with Bea's decisions: dropping out of college, marrying so young--and to an idealistic city kid, of all things. Mitch hopes to convince Bea to return to the path he's always envisioned for her, but she's changed since her mom died. And he refuses to admit how much he's changed, too, especially now that he might be losing his mother as well.
Grandma June is good at spinning stories, but there's one she's never told. Now that her mind is starting to fade, her time to tell it is running out. But if she reveals the truth before her memories are gone forever, the Jensen family will never be the same.
"Powner will be the next big star in Christian fiction."--Library Journal starred review
After hearing wonderful things about Katie Powner’s debut novel I knew this was one I wanted to give a try. The premise certainly had me intrigued. I was quickly sucked into the story and it was evident to see the family drama bleeding out into other areas of the character’s lives. Although I assumed pretty much from the beginning what type of secret it was that June had been covering up, I still found myself turning the pages wanting to know more about her story. It was sad to see how tormented her mind was not only from the effects from Alzheimer’s but from the painful secrets returning to the front of her mind. Although I had no problem following any of the characters in this story, I think my heart clung the closest to June. My only complaint in the read is that the end was too rushed and didn’t fit the level of depth I would have expected from such a deep, emotional storyline. It was still a good novel overall though, and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.
*I purchased a copy of this book myself. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.