Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Ann Tatlock's Every Secret Thing ~ Reviewed

Every Secret Thing
By Ann Tatlock
Published by Bethany House
ISBN 10: 0-7642-0005-4

Stop by Novel Journey to read some writing wisdom from Ann Tatlock (9-26-2007)


When Elizabeth Gunnar accepts a job as an English teacher at the school she attended as a girl, she finds herself returning to more than a place. Seaton Preparatory holds so many memories—of a beloved teacher who left under mysterious circumstances, of a young woman searching for her place in the world, of a former love.

Once there, Elizabeth finds unexpected challenges—and challenging people. She meets Satchel Queen, a troubled student whose writing assignments draw her attention. And Ray Schmidt is a childhood friend her heart has never forgotten.

As new friendships form and the past is brought to light, Elizabeth finds renewal from a most unexpected source.


Ann Tatlock has a distinctive almost lyrical style to her writing. Reading her work is like listening to a symphony. As you are introduced to her characters, you catch a nuance of stringed instruments, and as the plot unfolds, you feel an underlying mystery in the base notes, enhanced by the woodwinds of Tatlock’s descriptions.

In a sonata of past and present, Every Secret Thing will leave its melody in your heart long after you turn the final page. This is the first of Ann Tatlock’s books that I’ve read, but I can assure you it won’t be the last. This reviewer gives Every Secret Thing a high recommendation.

Reviewed by Ane Mulligan

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