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The Secrets of Rosa Lee

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  330 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
The morning's newspaper headline leaves Blaine Anderson reeling. Only a few hours ago she'd dragged herself dazed and bleeding from the smoking rubble, but it might as well been a lifetime ago—because now the world believes she is dead. Before Blaine can reach her husband, the bomber strikes again. With terrifying clarity she realizes he's bent on wiping out the witnesses ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Mira Books (first published 2005)
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Rosa Lee Altman's house had been built almost a hundred years ago by the town's founding father Henry Altman. Rosa Lee had been dead for two years and had left her house to the town. A committee had been chosen to decide what was to become of the house. Would the house be sold to an oil company for drilling or would the house be restored?
The committee consisted or Professor Sidney Dickerson, retired school teachers, the Roger sisters, preacher Micah Parker, troublemaker Billy Hatcher, divorcee L
Laura Beasley
Jun 24, 2012 Laura Beasley rated it really liked it

Good book. First book by Jodi Thomas that I have read but I hope to read many more. Loved the characters, the plot, the romance and the mystery. Kept me interested and trying to figure out how the book would end. liked the way the story started with six people that were different being selected to serve on a committee concerning saving an old house. Then things begin to happen and he people become friends and protectors of each other. Some humor at the right times.
Jul 13, 2014 Crystal rated it really liked it
Rarely anymore does a book entice me so much that I cannot wait to find out what happens next. Jodi Thomas has a wonderful way of making me care about and grow fond of the characters, pulling me into their story, and wondering what happens next. I loved the air of mystery and the little "treasure hunt," the love stories were nice too, but I could have done without so much emphasis. One thing I liked, was that the budding romances were done tastefully and did not turn into something Harlequin. I ...more
Brenda Hervig
Jan 13, 2011 Brenda Hervig rated it it was amazing
Since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of a big old house with lots of rooms and secret places. This book was as if I had found the house. It is a wonderful read!! I read the whole book in 2 days. It is filled with loyalty,love, sacrifice, and sweet acts of kindness. It left me feeling as if I had been there in the old house.
Feb 09, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
This was a 3.5 book. This was one of Jodi Thomas' early books and I enjoyed how she took six people who had nothing in common and who did not know each other very well and put them in a situation where they had to rely on each other. They became friends when no one else would have accepted them the way they were but they had each other. You don't really know people until you have to be with them, work with them and trust them. Six people who were on a committee to decide the fate of an old run d ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. A committee was formed to decide what to do with an old house. Oil companies wanted to buy the house and the land, to drill for oil. The money would help the town pay it's bills. The mayor didn't want to make the decision, and have all the blame placed on him. There are secrets in the house, and the committee works to learn those secrets. There are those who threaten the committee members, which brings the committee close, and makes them like family. Each member of th ...more
Jun 14, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2014
What brought six people together? One house that's up for demolition with a vote on a special committee. In Clifton Creek, Texas, that's what Professor Sidney Dickerson was chairman of for a week. When six people come together, they all look for the secrets of Rosa Lee Altman and the history of the legacy she left behind in her house. While they look around her home, bad things have happened to six good people--threats, fights, warnings and plenty of trouble in one Texas winter. But for three pe ...more
 Gigi Ann
Aug 31, 2011 Gigi Ann rated it liked it
I'm not sure if it was me or the book, but I struggled to get this book read. I even laid it aside and read another book. But today I was determined to get it read. I found it took half of the book before it became interesting and kept my attention. I enjoyed the last half much better then the first half. I don't know what the problem for me was. It seemed that each chapter covered a different character in the book. So when it started to get interesting, BANG!! A new chapter talking about anothe ...more
May 05, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it
So this book was a good, clean book. The story and writing were not as gripping as I would have liked, but grateful to have read a book with no swearing and clean romance.
Apr 20, 2015 Angelalyn rated it liked it
I really liked the characters, especially after I stopped in the middle to read The Widows of Wichita County. It filled in the back story and gave Randi, esp, more depth.
Mary Beth
May 14, 2009 Mary Beth rated it really liked it
The Secrets of Rosa Lee by Jodi Thomas is a story set in a small Texas town. Sidney Dickerson, a college professor, is asked to serve as chair on a board to decide the fate of the old Rosa Lee mansion. The place, in falling-down condition, has been left to the city. It does have historical value, but several oil companies are interested in drilling on the cite and the revenue would mean a lot to the city. The story reveals some long hidden secrets about Rosa Lee and chronicles the lives of the u ...more
Jan 14, 2012 Twyla rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
You won't be awed by the secret. It is a quiet secret, unimportant. There is no treasure to be found, no amassed riches. The couples pair off early to their mates in quiet subtle but understood ways. Everyone has a match, no one goes unhappily.
That said, I don't think the "secret" warranted the story. The secret is a secondary thing. But also so sad that someone gave up the future to protect the past; someone already invisible and nonexistent. What kind of sad is that, the word escapes me at the
Mae R
Apr 01, 2016 Mae R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sidney & Sloan
Billy & Lora
Micah & Randi
Jun 02, 2014 Kirsten rated it liked it
Disappointed in ending. Feel like it left some relationships open-ended and wrapped up quickly in the last chapter.
Jun 30, 2014 Shelley rated it really liked it
Thankful for a good clean read!
Deanna Walker
Jul 18, 2015 Deanna Walker rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Wow! I never thought of that Rosa Lee's secret are so good! Love that Sidney never thought about when she found wooded rose, all the pictures & letters in the wooded rose of the horse rocker...she will make town so proud that she wouldn't have kept them there.
Dale Harcombe
Apr 15, 2012 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. It had a lot of ingredients. A mystery concerning the old mansion known after its owner Rosa Lee. People who want the house torn down and and will do anything to make it happen, including threatening the committee left to decide the house's fate. A bit of romance and some humour throw in and all done without lots of language and sex scenes, which I appreciated. A good read, even if you do guess some of the secrets as I did.
Apr 17, 2012 Virginia rated it liked it
This is the second Jodi Thomas book I have read, and the second I have really liked. Her characterization is amazing. You really fall for them hard and fast and they often do the unexpected. I love when an author weaves more than one story into a book. The amazing thing about Ms. Thomas's books is that no character seems to be the "main". They all interweave together into a nice little tune.
Donna Beard
Jan 17, 2014 Donna Beard rated it liked it
It was a good book with an odd ending...
Patricia Solla
Oct 17, 2011 Patricia Solla rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, pbs
A young woman comes 'home' to a house that belonged to a woman known to her grandmother. The cast of characters is set as they meet to decide what to do about the house - to fix it or demolish it. The story moves along nicely with clues unfolding as to what the secret the house holds.
Feb 18, 2012 Marjorie rated it really liked it
Did not realize until almost the end that this was a sequel to The Widows of Wichita County which I loved. This was just as good in telling how people from different backgrounds can come together and form a unit. I would strongly recommend this book to others.
Jan 27, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't think I would enjoy this book but I actually did, even if it didn't end well relationship's' wise. I didn't understand why the author didn't ever say who was behind the attacks, I guess we had to use our imaginations. Good quick read
Jun 14, 2009 Pauline rated it really liked it
First book I have read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised.I really enjoyed it.Mystery and romance rolled into one book.Kept me guessing almost to the end.Will be looking for more of her books.
Dec 23, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
This was a totally new storyline (even tho it's one of her older books) that was really a wonderful read! I have never read a book like this one. I loved it! Highly recommended!
Feb 20, 2016 Traci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. A lot of twist and turns that keep you turning the pages to find out how the book ends. Would recommend this for a good weekend read.
Isah  Ragondo
Dec 04, 2011 Isah Ragondo rated it it was amazing
Not really bad, infact I find this book really interesting. The beginning was quite boring but as you go read further it made me glue my eyes on the book.
Jun 26, 2008 Brittany rated it really liked it
Reading right now and it is like nothing else I normally read. It is lovely! I am thinking about adding this to my top ten
Jun 09, 2013 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice characters, but a bit of a slow read with little payoff. I really enjoyed her harmony series though.
May 15, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jodi Thomas kept me turning the pages on this one, an emotionally moving story. Recommend!
Kathy Verdino
Dec 13, 2011 Kathy Verdino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing ending - cute story - felt like she rushed the ending to meet a publishing deadline.
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