Tuesday, February 6, 2024

ALL MY SECRETS by Lynn Austin, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay

“The Almighty has a way of bringing good things from our sorrows, if we let Him.”

The world comes crashing down for grandmother Junietta, daughter-in-law Sylvia and granddaughter Adelaide when A.B. Stanhope dies and all their wealth goes to a nephew as the closest male heir. The women have lived so long in the rich and privileged atmosphere that they need to find their way in their new circumstances. “…the memories don’t live in the house. They’re in your heart. You carry them with you no matter where you live.” “…beautiful houses filled with possessions mean nothing if a home lacks love.”

In their struggle, each of the women evaluate what really counts in life. Told from three points of view, we see secrets revealed, lessons learned and priorities reexamined.

Forgiveness and hope are big themes as well as finding what God wants for Junietta, Sylvia and Adelaide.This was a challenging, insightful, beautifully written story with romance, regrets and redemption.
*I received an ecopy of this book from Tyndale through NetGalley. All opinions are mine alone.* 5 stars and a strong faith thread

BackCover Blurb:

Bestselling author Lynn Austin returns with a luminous work of historical fiction set amid the opulence of Gilded Age New York, where three generations of women in one family must reckon with the choices they have made and their hopes for the future.

New York, 1898. The only thing more shocking than Arthur Stanhope III’s unexpected death is the revelation that his will bestows his company—and most of the vast fortune that goes with it—to the nearest male heir, leaving his mother, wife, and daughter nearly impoverished. His widow, Sylvia, quickly realizes she must set aside her grief to ensure their daughter, Adelaide, is launched into society as soon as the appropriate mourning period passes. If Sylvia can find a wealthy husband for Addy before anyone realizes they’re practically destitute, there will be little disruption to the lifestyle they’re accustomed to.

Sylvia’s mother-in-law, Junietta, believes their life could use a little disruption. She has watched Sylvia play her role as a society wife, as Junietta once did, despite what it cost them both. Junietta vows to give her granddaughter the power to choose a path beyond what society expects.

But for Addy to have that chance, both mother and grandmother must first confront painful truths about their own choices. Only in bringing their secrets to light can they hope to reshape their family inheritance into a legacy more fulfilling than they ever dared dream.

-Stand alone Christian historical romance from Christy Award Hall of Fame author
-Historical drama full of complex family dynamics
-Perfect for fans of Eve’s Daughters and other family sagas
-Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Tyndale House Publishing, February, 2024
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