Shh!!! It's a Secret!
War times create concealment, treachery, deceit, censorship, and therefore secrecy. As Churchill described it, “curtains of fog and iron" dominate those periods. The gripping story of passion and deception, The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton, finds its roots in war torn London, describes the horrific Coventry bombing of 1940 and the Blitz.
The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes takes her heroine, a 17 year-old enlisted nurse, to the battlefields of Italy in 1944 during WWII. Searching for her brother, she exposes the dark and disgraceful behaviors of some soldiers, but also the heroism and moral integrity of others.
Jaqueline Winspear’s heroine, Maisie Dobbs, agrees to an undercover assignment in A Lesson in Secrets. She unveils shameful, hidden events that occurred during WWI, and warns the British Secret Service of the growth of nazism among some college students.
Nothing weighs on us so heavily as a secret. -Jean de La Fontaine
Liane Moriarty's The Husband's Secret is not what you think! No adultery involved...but an astounding confession by one of the protagonists will, like a ricochet, dramatically affect the lives and futures of all family members.
Startling family confidences are also driving the plot of the novel, A Secret Kept, by Tatiana De Rosnay. Brother and sister Antoine and Melanie return to their childhood hotel on the French island of Noirmoutier. This trip to the past triggers disturbing emotions and consequences.
Secrets of the Famous
To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly. -Samuel Johnson.
The Secret Life of Josephine by Carolly Erickson is the romanticized biography of the French Empress, revealing unknown facts of her childhood and her glory days.
Also fictionalized are the mysterious exploits of British author Charlotte Bronte in The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte by L.J. Rowland.
XVIth Century Tudor's Court of England, full of drama, intrigues and betrayals, a time for caution and secrecy is
described in The Tudor Secret by C.W Gortner
A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. -Charles Dickens
The Amish have become the focus of many authors recently. Isolated in their small communities, their plain and simple lifestyle is inspiring, and has become an object of curiosity. Three romance novels, The Secret by Beverley Lewis, Secrets of Harmony Cove by M.S Clark, and Caroline's Secret by Amy Willard, all take place among them and disclose many of their otherwise unknown rituals and traditions.
Photo credit: Amnesty International UK
Jocelyne C. is an extra-help assistant librarian who works at several branches of SMCL . She enjoys sharing her secret readings with her family, friends and patrons of the library.