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Secrets (Glenbrooke, #1)

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The Glenbrooke Series

Jessica ran from her past...but can she hide from love?

Jessica Morgan wants desperately to forget the past and begin a new life. She chooses a small, peaceful town tucked away in Oregon’s Willamette Valley as the place to start over—Glenbrooke. Once there, Jessica conceals her identity from the intriguing personalities she meets—including the compassio...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Multnomah Fiction
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Secrets is a delightfully charming novel about starting anew. Jessica is a 25-year-old who has left home for reason unknown to move into the small town of Glenbrooke, Oregon, where no one knows her and she has a job lined up to begin teaching high school English. Her new life has quite a rocky start as she begins her new life being rescued from a car wreck and lying in a hospital bed with no insurance and no name to give while the only other person who can help her is a few floors above her reco...more
This was a fairly benign story. Enjoyable. I read it in a few hours. It was an easy read with a happy ending. A little too much religion in it for my taste. (Some of the characters are born again and it is pushed a bit in the book) I alos thought it was going to be more mysterious than it turned out to be. A feel good story for a rainy day.
"Secrets" is a contemporary, sweet romance novel. This novel had the most romantic car accident scene I've ever read. I'm half in love with Kyle, myself.

The characters were engaging, and the world-building and pacing were very good. The theme was about the burden of keeping secrets and what that can do to your life. Enough hints were given early on and throughout the book that I had a general idea of what Jessica's secret was, so I wasn't disappointed by it. (Generally, I've found that "hidden u...more
Lily (Lily Pond Reads)
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange of an honest review.

Jessica Morgan moves to Glenbrooke in order to start over. Unfortunately under the foreseen circumstance Jessica ends up in a car accident and while laying in the hospital with no insurance – she comes out with a fake name in order to hide her identity. Her new life turns for the worse when the only person that knows her true identity is laying in the room above hers in a sort of coma. She ha...more
"Secrets" is the first book in the Glenbrooke Series written by Robin Jones Gunn. In this story we are introduced to Jessica Morgan who has just turned twenty-five and is hoping for a fresh start in life, changing her name and heading for Glenbrooke where she hopes she can leave her past behind.When an accident has her meeting firefighter Kyle Buchanan they are drawn to each other. What is Jessica running from, and will her past keep her from having a future with Kyle?

An interesting story with w...more
Author Robin Jones Gunn started out writing articles and children’s’ books, and then was persuaded to write teen fiction. Secrets is her first adult novel and it kicks off “The Glenbrooke Series.” Honestly, after I read the summary I thought the book would be decent but I wasn’t overly excited to read it. Main character Jessica is looking for a new life in a small town, but will her secret keep her from the new start she dreams of? Throughout the book I could not for the life of me figure out wh...more
Feb 23, 2010 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone from young adult to grandparents
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: Waterbrook Multnomah
I'm amazed. I have found another great author to add to my fast growing list of favorite authors. Robin Jones Gunn's Secrets is book 1 in her Glennbrooke series, which I am glad of, as I love to read a series in order. I have heard lots and lots of wonderful things about Robin Jones Gunn and I was not disappointed when I had the chance to review this for a blog tour.

This is the story of Jessica, who is trying to keep her past as just that: her past, so she runs to Glennbrooke for a fresh new st...more
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Secrets is a delightfully charming novel about starting anew. Jessica is a 25-year-old who has left home for reason unknown to move into the small town of Glenbrooke, Oregon, where no one knows her and she has a job lined up to begin teaching high school English. Her new life has quite a rocky start as she begins her new life being rescued from a car wreck and lying in a hospital bed with no insurance and no name to give while the only other person who can help her is a few floors...more
Jessica Morgan hopes to escape her past by moving to the small town of Glenbrooke, Oregon. All she wants is to be able to live peacefully and make her own decisions. Yet life has a way throwing a curve at her. A car accident, a principal who is set on finding out anything that can be used to blackmail Jessica, a troubled teen, a trip to Mexico, and a handsome firefighter all shatter Jessica's peace. But as she falls further in love with the small town and its people, including the handsome firef...more
Nestled within the darkness of night thoughts escape to betray us.

Jessica Morgan, 25 is enroute to pictureque Glenbrooke, Oregon to fulfill her new position as a teacher. Entranced by the bright sunlight of a warm summer day she becomes a victim of sudden unforseeable circumstances. In attempt to escape her present life she assumes a new identity, but she finds that even that comes with its own unique challenges.

Kind hearted Kyle Buchanan tries seeing the best in every situation. His profession...more
Jeni Enjaian
Up until the last 50 or so pages I was content to leave the rating for this book at three stars (this is my second read through) and keep the book in my library.

Unfortunately, the book took a steep nose dive in the last 50 or so pages exacerbating every problem/inconsistency I had noticed early on.

Here are just a few of the flaws:
1. characters that immediately fall in love
2. overly perfect guy
3. stereotypical mean principal out to get the poor little teacher
4. tons of deus ex machina
5. totally i...more
"'Funny thing about hearts. They can be as big as the ocean. But there's only room in them to either be open or to harbor secrets." (Secrets)

Jessica moves to Glenbrooke with a heart full of secrets. Her guard is up toward everyone, even the kindest people she makes acquaintance with and those who repeatedly choose to attempt to befriend her. None of them know she is even hiding anything at first. Then, things start to unravel for Jessica, even as some parts of her life start to become inexplicab...more
Katrina Burchett
Jessica Morgan left California to get a fresh start on life; Jessica Fenton is the new identity she used to protect herself. But protect herself from what?

Jessica attended church when she was young but after her mother died the family stopped going. In the friendly town of Glenbrooke she was around people who have trusted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. It seemed she wasn't used to being around kind, friendly people and I was guessing that had something to do with the reason why she ma...more
I was introduced to Robin Jones Gunn when I had the pleasure of reading her Sisterchicks series and now I’m pleased to know that I can continue to enjoy Robin’s writing in the Glenbrooke series. Secrets as the title asserts is about secrets – how they can destroy, how they can kill and ultimately how letting go of secrets can set one free so they are able to live the life God intended for them to live. As the book begins Jessica is mad at God – she can’t seem to understand why a loving God would...more
Mar 13, 2013 Robin rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Book Description: The Glenbrooke Series Jessica ran from her past...but can she hide from love? Jessica Morgan wants desperately to forget the past and begin a new life. She chooses a small, peaceful town tucked away in Oregon’s Willamette Valley as the place to start over—Glenbrooke. Once there, Jessica conceals her identity from the intriguing personalities she meets—including the compassionate paramedic who desires to protect her and the jealous woman who wants nothing...more
Miamikel SS
This charming romantic read by Robin Jones Gunn kept me turning pages just to get to the end! Jessica is a delightful character that makes this story one to remember. From the opening scenes of the crash to the "was it is?!" secret she carries, she captivates you and draws you in. I was rooting for Kyle all along and love his contribution to this book as a loving, Christian man. Even though Jessica hides her former life and hides as a small town teacher, this book deliver big town entertainment!...more
"Secrets" by Robin Jones Gunn gets 5 stars from me.It is the 1st book in the The Glenbrooke series.This is the 2nd story of the series and i want to read all 8 books in this series.
In the opening page of this story Jennifer is running away from her past and has a car accident.Kyle,a handsome firefighter comes to her rescue. The attraction for each others starts immediately. Jennifer was hired to be the new English teacher in Glenbrooke but the principal had a stroke and didn't get new file turne...more
In the book Secrets, Jessica Morgan is searching for a new start. She has run away from home at the age of 25 years old. That is where the fun begins! She ends up in a car accident, has problems with her boss, and goes on a mission’s trip to Mexico as a chaperone for a group of teenagers. During all of this she is keeping secrets and trying to keep a distance between herself and others because she is afraid of her secrets coming out. Along the way she learns that life is journey, that we need fr...more
Jessica Morgan is running away from everything that defined her first twenty-five years of life, hoping that life in a small Oregon town will hold all the healing and change that she has needed for so long. Her last minute decision to leave her old life behind has ill-prepared for what lies ahead. A bend in the road as she drives into Glenbrooke sends her car into a ditch and her to the emergency room, accompanied by one of the town's handsome firemen, Kyle Buchanan. From there, Jessica struggle...more
My Review of "Secrets" by Robin Jones Gunn

Jennifer Morgan is doing everything she can to start a new life in Glenbrooke, a peaceful Oregon town, far from her past, and the life she used to live in California. From the moment she comes in view of Glenbrooke Jennifer finds herself facing a tragedy that threatens her chances of starting over, and fulfilling the dreams she has in place for her life. Through the desperation to keep her past from resurfacing, Jennifer fights to make sure Glenbrooke on...more
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Jessica Morgan is running away and starting her new life when suddenly she finds herself in a car accident. She is immediately found and rescued, but her first day in her new home is spent in the hospital recovering from her injuries. Jessica Morgan becomes Jessica Fenton, starts her new job as a high school English teacher, moves into her rented home, and is determined to make friends but keep them at arm’s distance. However, with money running low, attempts to keep her p...more
Tina Peterson
I have picked up this book several times and each time I start reading it I'm hooked (actually read it several months ago and just found it again on my bookshelf).

Jessica Morgan is on the run. She didn't do anything bad but circumstances are such that she has traveled a ways to accept a teaching job and on the way she has a very bad accident. After the accident she meets paramedic Kyle who helped her after the accident and has taken it upon himself to get her car towed to a mechanic, find her pu...more
A Christian romance book without the squicky nastiness that other romance book parade on the covers and elsewhere. Good and clean. It was a little boring in parts and I felt for as much as a deal as the author made about Jessica needing her name to be changed and a new life and NO ONE knowing her real name; the reason for all that was lacking in so much. I liked Jessica, Kyle and Teri as characters. Overall though, If you're are looking for excellent Christian romance\adventure\suspense; may I s...more
The first book of the Glenbrooke series was an auspicious start. Jessica Morgan can only see one way to a future where she is not under her father's thumb, and it means running away from her past and starting over in small town Glenbrooke Oregon. She has arranged for a teaching job there, and thinks she will be completely happy. However, unfortunate events when she arrives in Glenbrooke make it a little more difficult than she had planned out. The man who hired her is in the hospital and unable...more
Jennifer Lombardi

Secrets, Glenbrooke Series #1 by Robin Jones Gunn

When I first looked at this book, I was not really sure what to expect. I was not overly excited to read it, nor was I putting it off. But I picked up this book this morning, yes I said this morning and I was intrigued on the first page. I am not kidding! Within the first two pages I was 100% hooked on this book. I will not tell you why, as I do not want to spoil it for you, but I will tell you that my attention was caught completely and I did not...more
Stephanie Ziegler
Jessica Morgan is a 25 year old runaway. She arrives in Glenbrooke with a positive attitude. Wind in her hair, the sun is shining and she has a smile on her face. Until she rounds a curve and the bright sun blinds her vision. Almost hitting another vehicle, Jessica swerves, hits the gravels and her car flips over and rolls into a ditch. Local firefighter, Kyle Buchanan, sees the accident and attends to Jessica, keeping her calm and safe, until the paramedics arrive.

This was not the way she want...more
Secrets is a wonderful book about starting over and learning how to trust God in everything. Jessica is trying to escape her father's overbearing nature. Her biggest problem is first not trusting God in her change in life careers and choices and second in lying to everyone about who she is and why she is starting over.

Jessica through a horrible scare, being stuck in Mexico all by herself in a disabled truck while thieves ransack the cargo out of the back, finds her way to trusting god for everyt...more
Angela Covarrubias
Jessica is running away from something or someone in her life. The place she chooses to run to is a small town in Oregon called Glenbrooke. In Gleanbrooke a friend and Principal of the local high school has rented a house for Jessica and she starts teaching in just a few weeks.

While driving to Glenbrooke Jessica is in a car accident that causes her to injure her leg, bust her lip and total out her car. Kyle, a fireman, is the first one to come to Jessica's rescue, and call for an ambulance. Jess...more
Anita Brands
“Secrets” by Robin Jones Gunn is the first novel in the Glenbrooke series. This is the only book I’ve read by this author and was quite an easy read, plus…I couldn’t put the book down and read it in about four hours. Jessica, the protagonist, is running from something in her past and has moved to Glenbrooke, Oregon to start over. When she first arrives, she’s involved in a car accident and meets Kyle, every girl’s dream guy. She has no money, goes without food for days and, in coming up with a n...more
A Day in a Book
Jessica “Fenton,” whose real name is Jessica Morgan is trying to hide her identity and begin a new life for herself. She crashes into Glenbrooke, Oregon rolling her car and being rescued by Prince Charming aka Kyle Buchanan. The teacher that was supposed to welcome her is also in the hospital in worse condition than her after a stroke. Her rescuer helps her find her way to her new home and helps her settle in. Jessica says she wants to be independent but in the process she pushes away everyone s...more
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ROBIN JONES GUNN is the much loved author of over 85 books. With nearly 5 million copies of her titles sold worldwide, her popular Christy Miller series now continues in Christy & Todd: The Married Years. Her novels and non-fiction works have received multiple awards and are a favorite with book clubs and study groups. Robin and her husband have a grown son and daughter and live in Hawaii.
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Christy Miller Collection, Vol. 1 (Christy Miller, #1-3) Christy Miller Collection, Vol. 2 (Christy Miller, #4-6) Christy Miller Collection, Vol. 3 (Christy Miller, #7-9) Christy Miller Collection, Vol. 4 (Christy Miller, #10-12) Until Tomorrow (Christy and Todd: College Years #1)

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