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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
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Multnomah Fiction (first published December 1st 1994)
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Jennifer
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
Gina
Dec 15, 2008 Gina rated it it was ok
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.
Debbie
Apr 16, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, christian
"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
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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
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Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
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
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Debbie
Apr 04, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing
"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
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Brenda
Jan 19, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Kara
Dec 15, 2012 Kara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review
Minor Spoilers

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
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Julie Barrett
Oct 02, 2011 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Secrets, the Glenbrook Series Book 1 by robin jones gunn, lady just arriving in a new town w/all her belongings, end up down a ditch, in the hospital.
on her birthday! she does recover with the help of the local firefighter and others go way out of their way to make her feel welcome. there is a reason she
doesn't want anyone to know her last name. the man who hired her knows what it is but hes' in the hospital and there's a different principal at the school she'll be teaching English.
she finds fai
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Larik
An Amazing story about true happinness!! This was the first book i have read by Robin Jones Gunn and it was so interesting that i have been a faithful follower of her writings. Jessica is running away from her father and all this money. she doesn't want to inherit his company she wants to be a teacher and live in a small community hoping to relive the happiness their family shared when her mother was still alive and before her dad became so rich and influential. But, as always, God intervened an ...more
Susan
Mar 14, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing
This was a pleasure to hear. Jessica and Kyle are memorable characters. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Tabitha
Aug 06, 2014 Tabitha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Molly
Feb 23, 2010 Molly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone from young adult to grandparents
Recommended to Molly 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
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Jennifer
Feb 21, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
From my blog...

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
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Dawn
Dec 12, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Kate
Dec 13, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
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
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Rachel
Apr 02, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
"'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
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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
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Sarah
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
Robin
Mar 13, 2013 Robin rated it it was amazing
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Secrets
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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
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Miamikel SS
Dec 28, 2012 Miamikel SS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Misty
Feb 25, 2013 Misty rated it really liked it
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
Mandolin
Mar 26, 2013 Mandolin rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-inventory
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
Charii
Mar 16, 2013 Charii rated it it was amazing
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
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Tina Peterson
Oct 26, 2013 Tina Peterson rated it liked it
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
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Elevetha
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
TinaMarieSays
Oct 07, 2013 TinaMarieSays rated it really liked it
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
Mar 19, 2013 Jennifer Lombardi rated it it was amazing
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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
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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
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Marcy
Dec 29, 2012 Marcy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-reviewed
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
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