Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Patti Lacy's The Rhythm of Secrets ~ Reviewed

The Rhythm of Secrets
By: Patti Lacy
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Kregel Publications
ISBN: 082542674X


Sheila Franklin has lived three separate lives. Now a conservative pastor's wife in Chicago, she is skilled at hiding secrets--a talent birthed during childhood romps through the music-filled streets of New Orleans. But when the son she bore at the age of eighteen comes back looking for answers and desperate for help, her greatest secret--and greatest regret--is revealed.


Patti Lacy ably tells the story of Sheba/Sheila/Sylvia in bits and pieces as the grown-up Sheila is contacted by a young soldier from her past. As she tells him her story and he shares his struggles, the interconnected story weaves through generations and across cultures and continents.

This is a high emotion and intensity novel covering themes like prostitution, marital struggles, and racism. Sensitive readers may want to think twice before diving in but those who like complex, woven stories may want to look further into the depth of these secrets.

Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer


The Rhythym of Secrets is certainly not your typical Christian novel! I look forward to reading more books by Patti Lacy. This book paints a beautiful picture of the redemption story and covers many difficult topics such as prostitution, unplanned pregnancy, underhanded 'business', commitment in marriage, and many other things often kept as dark secrets. It combines mystery and intrigue with romance, heartbreak, and true love. I especially enjoyed how Patti used different styles of music to serve as the 'soundtrack' for parts of Sheilas life, making the many transitions more coherent and smooth. I really can't describe it any better....you really need to just read this book, you won't regret it.

Reviewed by: Rachael Schnitker

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