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Seven For A Secret

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  28 reviews
It’s the year 2000, and twenty-four-year-old Kate moves into a new apartment to find a new state of independence in a new millennium. Almost immediately, she starts crushing on a hot guy who lives in her building. Deciding to take a break from her boyfriend Dexter, Kate believes the only thing now separating her from the fresh object of her sexual fantasies is the thin wal ...more
Paperback, First, 376 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Omnific Publishing (first published August 11th 2014)
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Jennifer Lane
Secret Lives, Secret Deaths

"There's souls not at rest here. It's a troubled place, this."

A historical romance set in Chicago, one of my favorite cities? Sign me up! The classy cover also drew me in.

In the year 2000, 25-year-old Kate moves into an apartment complex that used to be a 1920's hotel. She meets a cast of quirky elderly neighbors who report they didn't find the former tenant Olive in the apartment until three days after her death. *shudders* Then Kate gets locked in her bathroom, and i
Beck Anderson
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A happy new year indeed! I FINALLY got off my duff and read this gem by Rumer Haven, even though it's been sitting patiently waiting for me in my Amazon queue since it came out. The holidays is a good time to read it, though, because right now it's on SALE for 99c and part of the big action in the book happens on NYE.

You can read the blurb to get a sense of the premise, but I have to say that one thing I really liked about it was that it defied genres. It was spooky, it was romantic, but it stru
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was a joy to read. Rumer has a lyrical writing style that keeps the reader intrigued. Kind of a Gatsby meets Bridget Jones murder mystery! The 1920's is such an interesting time - there was a New Woman but the rich especially were still mired in society's mores. Tragic, funny, sexy, and sweet.
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Truthfully speaking, Seven For A Secret is not just one love story, but two. Although both are told simultaneously and are set in the same city of Chicago, they take place 75 years apart from one another. One story takes place during the Roaring 20’s and is centered around Lon and Eva. Lon is a man who is attempting to discover his own place in the world, away from the societal expectations of his upbringing.

“Staring down at the floor as he strode deeper down the corridor, Lon lost his focus in
Nicki Elson
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Seven for a Secret is an engrossing novel that expertly straddles dual time periods — dropping enticing crumbs along the way to keep me ravenously turning the pages. I didn’t realize how quickly the story had my mind whirring to fit all the pieces together until I’d find out that I was totally wrong. I think the only thing I was right about was…whoops, no spoilers!

The 1920s romance is one that had me aching for those two to be together (it won’t take long to figure out who “those two” are), even
Nancee Cain
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The trend these days is to throw the action in your face on the first page. This book is like Christmas morning where you've anticipated the big present and slowly unwrap it wanting to savor the moment. That's not to say this is a slow moving book. Far from it! The descriptions in this book pull you in to both eras, the roaring 1920's and the modern 2000. I'm jealous of the author's ability to describe a scene without overdoing it. This book gave me the feeling of Alfred Hitch ...more
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Before I jump into the review, let me warn you that it might sound a bit vague and generic. The lack of specifics has nothing to do with me not adoring the book, and everything to do with not wanting to spoil things for readers. This book wasn't quite what I expected, but is easily one of the most unique and intriguing books I've read.

So here's what I can tell you
Leanne Davis
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Exceptional. This books is unlike any book I've ever read and therefore I will remember it. It is far more than just an enjoyable read. It is brilliantly laid out with a cast of characters that are expertly woven together until it all makes perfect sense at the end. The writing is detailed and almost lyrical. It took me a few chapters to really get into it but once I did it completely and totally caught my attention and imagination. I was torn which storyline I loved more the 2000 one or the 192 ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book on a Thursday and finished it on a Saturday! I bought this book on a Thursday and finished it on a Saturday --- it was so great that my eyes did not want to leave the pages. A must read that intertwines stories from two different eras that are relatable, entertaining, full of humor, action, and adventure. Usually I save my reading for before bed but I found myself picking up this book while I commuted to work and waited for appointments. It was a pleasure to read from start to ...more
Aug 11, 2014 marked it as to-read
The plot seems very original-which drew me in right away. I love the concept of having the old together with the new-I'm excited to read this!
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I won this in a Goodreads competition.
This book is not what I expected, take that how you will. I think 2 and a half stars is more appropriate rating for this book.
In the year 2000, 25 year old Kate moves out of her boyfriends apartment to live on her own. She moves into a former 1920s hotel, Camden Court. Over the years people have come and gone through the many years weather they've moved out or not. One of these residents that have passed on is 90 year old Olive who has a secret she took with
Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
Seven For A Secret gave me mixed emotions. The story takes place in both the 1920s and the year 2000. Both time periods, however, were connected and interlaced. I love the 1920s but this story paints a different picture of who the flappers were and somehow it did not seem as romantic. It sheds a different point of view on that time period, but I still could not put this book down.

Kate moves into an apartment complex and soon finds that it’s haunted. The paranormal theme only came through in Kate
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
A captivating story

It’s the year 2000. Kate is living with her boyfriend Dexter but she’s not sure whether he or the relationship is right for her. She decides she needs to be more independent and moves to a new apartment in a former 1920’s hotel known as Camden Court.

Camden Court has been a home to many lonely individuals over the decades. There have even been some deaths, some of them tragic. Some spirits haven’t left and continue to make their presence known. One of them is Olive the former
Jeremy Reppy
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable story. The author has written a creative story of love and loss and mystery. The story alternates between the modern day and the 1920s as the main character, Kate, tries to learn more about Olive, the woman who occupied the apartment before her and whose spirit seems to haunt the apartment. Assisting in her efforts, albeit not entirely willingly, are Leo, the complex manager/maintenance man, and Vera, a long-time resident. The 1920s portion focuses on members of several wel ...more
Ellen Dunne
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Aaah, I love the 20ies, and I love Chicago! So this tale of star-crossed lovers, high-society girl Evelyn "Eva" Hughes and dreamer Lon, interwoven with a modern love story set in modern Chicago - by a ghost story! - it really ticked my personal boxes.
There are many characters and many time jumps, loads of ins and outs, but Rumer Haven expertly manages to keep the balls in the air, not dropping them until the end. Only question that was left for me in the end was about Vera's real mother, which
Jillian Hersted
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a busy person that is guilty of reading a book half way through, putting it down and never looking back....I can assure you that Seven for a Secret will suck you in and keep you coming back for more until you have read every last word. The characters are introduced quickly and relatably and the story slowly unfolds to keep you wondering what is coming next. Before you know it, you are caught between a hilarious and touching story set in the summer of 2000 in Chicago and a glamorous and tragic ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Haven has written a wonderful novel that straddles two time periods. The love story of the 1920's breaks your heart wondering how they can make the impossible happen. Although there is a dark side of the story, it is mixed with light-heartedness as well during the current time. I adored my Grandparents and felt at ease with Kate befriending the ghosts that live in her apartment building.

The characters develop and pull you in. I found myself turning looking for the music mentioned throughout
Linda Jh
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an ARC book through Goodreads. Seven For A Secret is an excellent book, the characters are well developed and the weaving of the 1920's and 2000 is done in a superb way to grab your attention. With a surprise ending that I certainly did not see coming. Looking forward to reading more from Ms. Ruler Haven!
Erika Young
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great story! It took me a little while to really get into it and keep track of the flipping back and forth between present and past but once I did I couldn't put it down. Both story lines kept me interested and the character development was very good.
Courtney Hyde
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is the best for mystery and/or Chicago lovers! This book had me hooked. There wasn't enough time in the day to finish! I wasn't sure about the "romance novel" aspect of it but it's just a great book with some sauciness along the way. You won't be disappointed!!!!
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
You can read my full review here.
Amy Carlson
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The weaving between past and present was expertly done - definitely fits into the "hard to put down" category, my number one way to assess book quality!
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chicago-based
A fabulous ghost story set in Chicago. Loved it!
Cherie Colyer
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Seven for a Secret is an engaging mystery with a great cast of well developed characters. I really enjoyed unraveling the mystery with Kate.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How to express my love for this story? The intertwining story of life in the 1920s to the present 2000, felt authentic and kept me locked in from page one. Such a detailed world, from their homes, clothes, how they talked and lived their complicated lives, had me enthralled.

As for the climax, dear god, where all the pieces of the puzzle slotted into place, and had me reeling with the losses, but left me all, dreamy and fuzzy inside.

I think I'd sum this book as being 'precious', just as the peop
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly intricate tale. I read it straight through .
Love and relationships. Secrets and lies. Life , death and beyond.
I recommend this all!
5 stars
S.J. Francis
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Seven for a Secret by Rumer Haven begins quickly and catches your attention right away. Unfortunately, after that, it drops quickly for a bit, and takes a while for the story to resume its climb upward. It takes about a quarter of the way into the book before anything really happens. The book is told in two alternating time lines and it takes quite a while before the two time lines bring the story to life. The author does have a way with words and I enjoyed reading this one. I do love ghost sto ...more
Emma Hunter
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! Or, stories, I should say. Rumer Haven somehow manages to keep two stories equally engaging though they are separated by the better part of a century. Her characters are relatable and real, and the elements of the supernatural woven throughout the story seem so believable when viewed through their lenses. Seven for a Secret will appeal to a broad range of readers too - lovers of romance, suspense, historical fiction and literary fiction will all appreciate this beautifully wr ...more
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Rumer Haven is probably the most social recluse you could ever meet. When she’s not babbling her fool head off among friends and family, she’s pacified with a good story that she’s reading, writing, or revising—or binge-watching Buffy. A writer/editor hailing from Chicago, she presently lives in London with her husband and probably a ghost or two. Rumer has always had a penchant for the past and p ...more

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