Memorable Monday #34

Posted December 17, 2018 by thebeccafiles in / 7 Comments


Happy Monday! The purpose of memorable Monday is to showcase a book that you’ve read in the past and share how/why it has stuck with you.

This week I’m featuring:

Hidden Secrets (Secrets and Second Chances #2)

Hidden Secrets is one of the first books I ever won on Goodreads. After I read it I gave it to my mom to read. While it’s not Christian, it was clean enough that my mom called me from the Christian bookstore asking what the author’s name was to look up more books by her. It’s the second book in the series but it stands alone. I remember feeling sad for Carla in her circumstances, followed by angry for her, and then a whole bunch of other emotions before the book concluded. This story was masterfully written. It reminds me of Jodi Picoult’s writing style. It’s one I easily recommend to others (in fact, my sister-in-law Kaitlin currently has my copy). This was easily one of my favorite finds through Goodreads.

About the Book:

… Hidden Secrets will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew…

Carla Michaels’s life isn’t what she thought it was. She met her loving husband in college. She had a career as a teacher. All she ever wanted to complete her life was a baby. After five miscarriages, Carla had almost given up hope of ever becoming a mother.
Then a devastating tragedy strikes and everything she had ever loved is gone—now she’s left torn and shattered, wondering if she can go on with life.
Unexpectedly, she receives an envelope full of books. Journals that were kept hidden from her. A mystery starts to play out as secrets are revealed.
Will she get a second chance at life? Will the hidden secrets destroy her? Or will she find the strength to survive once she knows the truth?

“Hidden Secrets” will pull at your heartstrings until the very last page. Some secrets are not meant to be hidden…

About the Author:Donna M. Zadunajsky

Donna M. Zadunajsky started out writing children’s books before she accomplished and published her first novel, Broken Promises, in June 2012. She since has written several more novels and her first novella, HELP ME! Book 1 in the series, which is about teen suicide and bullying.
HELP ME!, won Awards in:
The Great Northwest Book Festival-Winner
Global EBook Awards- Gold Medal Winner
The Great Southeast Book Festival-Winner
IPA Award- Winner in Grief Category
Reader Views Awards- In 3 different categories:
*Children-Teen 12-16 year olds
*Children-Young Adult 16-18 years old
*Best Teen/YA Book of the Year
eLit Awards- Silver Winner

Talk To Me, Book 2 was a Finalist in the Author U unpublished contest, 2016.
IPA Award- Winner in Death and Dying

The author is available for speaking on the matters of teen suicide, bullying and for author events.

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7 responses to “Memorable Monday #34

    • Oh man before I started blogging I entered a ton! I won quite a bit but unfortunately a lot of them were books I ended up not liking. The “blurb” sounded interesting but the books not so much. I used to go through every day and enter the ones expiring that day but now I don’t go through them hardly at all and mostly just go by Carrie’s list she posts on Saturdays.

    • Oh man I’ve won about 40! The friend of mine at work that told me about Goodreads also told me about the giveaways. A little over a year before blogging I started entering them and that’s actually what got me started writing reviews instead of just rating. Like I said in my comment to Ellie though, just because the blurb sounds interesting doesn’t mean the book is. I’ve found some I loved but also some I didn’t want to finish.

      • You’re a winner, Becca! I guess it’s like anything really. You love some, you dislike some. When I find a book I don’t like, I donate it to Goodwill or to my local library. Someone has got to love the book, right?

      • Very true. Except for a few. For example, there was one specifically I threw right into the garbage because I didn’t think anyone else should read it either. Long story short it ended with a completely immoral claim. It could have had a good ending that would have given the whole story a meaning but instead it went somewhere it never should have.

      • I have been known to throw a book or two into our family’s fire pit. They were recommended to me, but were evil books. No one should read them, so I chucked them. I totally am ok with making that decision! LOL!

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