Propelled by an insurmountable sense of desperation, Stevie Burke is recklessly abandoning home, husband, and outwardly contented life under cover of night; at last resigned to defeat in her long battle against the tortured memories of her past.
Days later, lost and floundering in a dreary motel room without plan or destination, it is a long ago song playing on the radio that gently tugs Stevie back through the dust of remembrance. 1957 – The last summer spent at the ancient house overlooking the North Atlantic. A season which had unfolded with abundant promise, but then spiraled horribly out of control – torn apart by a shattering tragedy that remains splintered in fragments upon her soul. And it is only now, when Stevie at last lifts her eyes to stare deep into the heart of her long sequestered memories, that the long held secrets of past and future are at last unveiled...
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I laughed, I cried, I loved this book...
The Secret Of Lies by Barbara Forte Abate is a beautiful story that you won't soon forget, the story of Stevie is one that is filled with innocence, lies, personal growth, and finding the strength to live her life
Barbara Forte Abate treats us with a story that simply takes your breath away. She has the ability to grab the readers attention from the beginning in such a way that you can't do anything but continue reading and see what happens in Stevie's journey and how she deals with the lies she is forced to keep.
I found Abate's writing style to be similar to that of Nicolas Sparks in that you can not only read, but you can feel the emotion that the author pours into each page. The story of Stevie and Ash is one that is so raw and so full of honesty that you will be plowing through the pages to see how it all ends.
Abate does a fantastic job of developing every character that we come across; whether it is to love them, or hate them, they all will find a way into your heart.
One of my favorite aspects of this book was the progession. The story starts with a very adolescent Stevie, and we watch as she grows into a woman who has yet to come to grips with her past. Abate does a fantastic job of allowing the reader to see into the very soul of Stevie, and allows us to see the deeper side that she hides from those around her. Abate is such a talented writer and I will continuously look for more of her writing.
From beginning to end, this story is a work of art that needs to be appreciated by every reader. Pick up this book book and prepare yourself for an unforgettable roller coaster rider of emotions.