Three Women, One Tragic Event,
Nineteen Years Later, Secrets Surface...
by Yvonne Lehman
Barbour Publishing, 2004
Reviewed by Joy
is a story about faith, forgiveness, and how secrets can destroy lives.
A group of young Christian college women who
grew up together share a tragic experience, the exact nature of which is
a secret to the reader until well into the book. The event forever negatively
affects all of their lives, as they never talk about it with anyone, or each
other, and each lives in a continual state of confusion, guilt, and shame.
Nineteen years later, as each of their lives seems to be spinning out of
control with other secrets, the mother of one of the girls is dying of cancer
and wants some answers before she dies. She also has her secrets which have
affected her life and others lives.
She gathers the women together to talk about
their shared secrets (not her own) and the process gives each of them some
of their own answers, understanding and freedom from their guilt and shame.
In the telling of this story, at least four
different women have to come to terms with pregnancy situations. The men
involved seem only peripherally aware of any of this. One married couple
desperately want and child and find themselves at odds about the possibility
of adoption. A young birth mother must decide whether to raise her child
herself or relinquish her baby for adoption. None of the women in the various
situations over the years knows of the others plights or decisions.
Although a bit preachy at times
for some readers tastes, the author does a good job of keeping the
reader from guessing the various secrets until almost the end of the book,
and makes the characters believable. Their thoughts, emotions, and reactions
are realistic in response to their circumstances. The message is about
Gods faithfulness and forgiveness, but also about the dangers of keeping
secrets and letting them fester, and the dilemmas of having to decide when
its appropriate to disclose a secret and when it would be more hurtful
to do so. This book has some real surprises for the reader.
Excerpted from the July 2006
edition of the Operation Identity Newsletter
© 2006 Operation Identity