Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Book Blog Tour and Review: The Rhythm of Secrets

Title: The Rhythm of Secrets
Author: Patti Lacy
Publisher: Kregel
Publishing Date: January/February 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8254-2674-2
Pages: 334
Genre: Fiction/Christian/General

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

Since 1955, Sheila Franklin, a talented musician, has perfectly performed the role of devout pastor’s wife, locking away her past as Sheba Alexander and Sylvia Allen. Her carefully constructed façade crumbles with a single phone call from a young Marine named Samuel, the illegitimate son she secretly put up for adoption. Samuel begs Sheila to use her government contacts to get his fiancé, Mali, a Thai prostitute, into America. A dangerous mixture of love and guilt spurs her to help her only child even though it devastates her husband Edward and exposes her questionable past. After a quarrel with Edward, Sheila and Samuel board a C-130 for Thailand and then search Bangkok’s steamy streets for a Madonna-faced prostitute. The two whisk Mali from a brothel but are seized by a warlord who considers Mali his “number one girl.” In a teak “ghost house,” Sheila discovers God’s grace and gains the freedom she needs to find her own identity—Sheila, Sylvia, and Sheba. A framed story, this novel has roots in the bohemian 1940s New Orleans French Quarter and spans three decades, including the turbulent Vietnam era.

About the Author:
Baylor graduate, taught community college humanities until God called her to span seas and secrets in her novels, An Irishwoman's Tale and What the Bayou Saw. She has two grown children and a dog named Laura. She and her husband can be seen jog-walking the streets of Normal, Illinois, an amazing place to live for a woman born in a car. For more information, visit Patti's website at, her blog at, and her Facebook daily Artbites. Patti's longer bio here.

My review:
Patti Lacy is a master at her craft and this book is a testimony to that. The book is full of twists and turns that I did not expect and I had to keep reading to find out what would happen next. I read this book in a few hours and wished that it had not ended. Not only is it full of secrets and a great story line, the book is about compassion and love and how they can heal any hurt or wrong that has been done. It proclaims for the human spirit and what can happen when someone trusts in a higher power and leaves it all up the Him. I cried and jumped for joy at the raw emotion contained in the pages and I wanted to jump right in and help out the characters. Although, I just finished this book, I am ready to start at page one again.

Patti has included a song list that goes along with each chapter in her book. Check it out at

Patti and her publisher, Kregel, are giving away a NOOK prize package worth over $150 to one lucky winner!!!!

Enter the Nook eReader Giveaway and you could win:

* A brand new Nook eReader with Wi-Fi

* $25 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble

To enter, simply click here to enter, then tell 5 or more friends about the contest. Oh, and enter soon! Winner will be announced on February 16th at Patti's Rhythm of Secrets Facebook Party.

Patti will be announcing the winner of The Rhythm of Secrets NOOK giveaway at her Party on FB February 16th! She’ll be hosting a book club discussion of The Rhythm of Secrets and giving away other fun prizes! (signed copies of her books and gift certificates to Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, & iTunes!). Don’t miss the fun at Patti’s FB Author Page on February 16th at 5pm PST ( 6 pm MST, 7 pm CST, & 8 pm EST)!

Check out other blogs that are hosting this tour to see what they thought of the book.


  1. Laura...
    What a lovely wake-up to Day 2, Midwest blizzard!

    I LOVE The Book Tree and am thrilled to have found this blog...but not as thrilled as I am that you connect with my third literary baby, The Rhythm of Secrets!

    Thanks for having me at your special "Nook" :)

  2. Thank you so much for the great comment! I loved this book!