The Rhythm of Secrets

By Patti Lacy
(Kregel Publications, Paperback, 9780825426742, 336pp.)

Publication Date: December 2010

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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.

Eager to right past wrongs, Sheila's heart floods with memories of lyrical jazz music and a worn-out Bible. But when her husband learns of her shady history, Sheila is suddenly faced with an impossible decision: embrace the dream--and son--she abandoned against her will or give in to the demands of her safe but stifled life. As she struggles to reclaim both her son and her identity, Sheila soon realizes that God's grace spans both seas and secrets and that He is all she really needs.

With dynamic writing that makes the reader feel the heartache of a teenage mother, struggle with the disillusionment of an abandoned boy, and revel in the idea of grace despite flaws, rising star Patti Lacy takes her fans on a journey they won't want to end--and won't soon forget.

"The 'secret' is out--Patti Lacy is easily one of the most gifted authors in Christian fiction today, and her stunning new novel, "The Rhythm of Secrets" is absolute proof. From the delicious jazz-filled streets of New Orleans to the seedy underworld of Bangkok, Thailand, embark on a journey that transcends the mere pages of a book to become a riveting life experience. No longer a 'well-kept secret, ' Patty Lacy is a master storyteller who speaks to the soul with a powerful and unique rhythm all her own, weaving a tale so rich with emotion that story and reader become one."--Julie Lessman, author of The Daughters of Boston series and "A Hope Undaunted"

"Patti Lacy weaves together another beautifully written and haunting story in "The Rhythm of Secrets." I couldn't put it down "--Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of "The Black Cloister"

"Patti Lacy has written yet another absorbing novel with words as dazzling and rhythmic as the musical world that her characters live in. "The Rhythm of Secrets" is a stirring story of faith and endurance that will keep readers turning the page until every last secret has been revealed."--Tina Ann Forkner, author of "Ruby Among Us" and "Rose House"

"Patti Lacy is known for riveting tales that span continents, decades, and lives. "The Rhythm of Secrets" is another great Patti Lacy story, this time of a woman whose past secret lives have caught up with her. Captivating, heart-rending and heart-expanding, "The Rhythm of Secrets" is a vibrant journey across time in search of the greatest truth of all: grace."--Tosca Lee, author of "Havah: The Story of Eve " and "Demon: A Memoir"

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