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Keeping Secrets

(Children of the Light #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  22 reviews
This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00KK87I66

A woman with a past, a man determined to uncover the truth, and a secret that could tear them apart forever.

A Grieving Husband: Amon Cayle needs a seamstress. He has spent the last year rebuilding his life after the tragic death of his wife in a kitchen fire, the same fire that nearly took the life of his eldest son
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Published (first published May 1st 2014)
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“The best secrets are the most twisted”

----quoted by an American author, Sara Shepard
Donna Hechler Porter, another American author, spectacles us with her new novel, Keeping Secrets. Similar to Sara Shepherd's quote, Keeping Secrets book expands its horizon on the subject of secrets and their nature. This book not awes us with its intrigue and mystery, but also we get time-traveled to the 1700s in Virginia. From the mesmerizing setting to the vivid descriptions of the lifestyle of that time,
A very interesting historical fiction that kept me guessing at every turn. Keeping Secrets, book one of the Children of Light series, brought the world of Quakers Amon Cayle and Mary McKechnie of the 1750s to life.

Amon is a widower and a father, trying to take care of his family after the tragic loss of his wife, Abigail, and keep in good standings with the Society of Friends. Not to mention, he needs a seamstress.

Mary has also endured the loss of a spouse, and is working desperately to
Juliana Strong
I really enjoyed Keeping Secrets and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series
Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
This book will whisk you away to a bygone era. Come sit in the kitchen while Mary brews up a cup of tea and shares her story. Like the title suggest, this book is full of secrets. “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”

Mary’s life hasn’t been easy. Her marriage to Samuel had not been what anyone would consider a love match. He had been a difficult man to live with, harsh and easy to anger. At 40 years old, she finds herself a widow with 5 girls, and if that isn’t
Liberty Ireland Historical Graffiti
KEEPING SECRETS, Book One of the Children of Light series, was a beautiful story about circa 1750 Quakers Amon Cayle and Mary McKechnie. Overall, I had mixed feelings about this book.

On the plus side: The author had a wonderful style of writing and the characters were interesting. The book was fairly engaging and clean. It is not a simple story though as there were many secrets being kept. It made me think of the old adage 'Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.'

Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Based on the rigid Friends society in 1700s Virginia, two young lovers marry others, maintaining secrets, until both of their spouses die. Despite an underlying love for one another, they have to overcome trust issues and secrets to emotionally reconnect and ultimately forgive. As a side story, both of their children form attachments, complicating matters while dishonest kin seek to control and monetarily manipulate for their own benefit. Attempting to remain within the rigid society covenants ...more
Lynne Moody
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow such a awesome book ! The storyline and characters as I read had me glued to this book . The more I read the story it got better and better with each chapter. Totally worth reading for all romance loves.
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this book and am so eager to start the second in the series. This book is true to its title as there are so many secrets. A intriguing read that I will recommend to many.
Mixed feelings about this book. I struggled a little at the beginning and almost gave up with the way the characters spoke and addressed each other although at the time it was set it was about a group of people belonging to a 'Community of Friends' so the form of speech would be authentic. In time I grew more used to this. The book is well written and the author has done her research. Set in Virginia around 1700 it is authentic in the description of how the people in the Community lived and the ...more
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book through Goodreads first reads.
Amon Cayle is a widower in need of a seamstress to sew clothes for his family who are sorely lacking since the death of his wife a year ago. Mary McKechnie is a seamstress in need of employment. Her brother (who you are going to despise, I can guarantee it) has threatened to put her daughters in indentured service if she can't provide for them but he refuses to allow her to work for anyone other than fellow Friends. Mary and Amon have a past,
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
oh god, why was that SO LONG!?!? and disjointed, and just because you provide a genealogy doesnt mean you can just throw in a character's name if you have literally never introduced them before in the story and expect people to know who you're referring too. it was OK, but not great, too long, uneven pacing, weird terrible things that happened with no real reason except the author couldnt figure out a better way to make something else happen,... really it was OK but not good really... 2.5, oh ...more
I wanted to give this book 4 stars but had to knock it down to three due to some issues that kept pulling me out of the story, but should have been caught by a good editor. The characters are supposed to be Quakers but switch between you and thee, even within the same statement and by those who are supposed to be very strict in the religion. The were several typos, but also things like the plural of daughter-in-law being written as daughter-in-laws. Also, the problems between the H/h are hinted ...more
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

At first, I thought it was going to be a good book. With a lot of soap opera qualities (but I don't really care about that). Anyway, I read it to about the one-third point and was so bored by it all to the point where I was like, "Gun... Mouth..."

Sorry, but I have to tell the truth.

The characters seem like the classic two lovebirds. Meant to be. Soulmates. Blah, blah, blah. Yeah, Harry met Sally, but I never felt that spark or chemistry. And it was clear
Lesia Chambliss
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Donna Porter's beautiful style of writing brings you a story about a plain family in the community of Friends. This is not a simple story though. She has created a depth to each of her characters, even the children, giving them their own problems to handle as their parents try to sort out theirs. She weaves her plot around each character, and has created a deep mystery in their past, that may come back to tear their lives apart. She hasn't made the story difficult to follow, rather you are ...more
Julie Futrell
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an incredible read! I've been like an addict wanting to read more; yet dreading that it was almost over! The multi-faceted story line, bursting with drama and romance kept me returning again, and again. The characters and story came to life in such a way, that one feels like they are transported back to a simpler time; yet, with all the trials and temptations of a very current day. This was a thought provoking, heart warming, and at times, heart wrenching story , full of suspense and ...more
Jacquelyn Matties
I was one of the lucky people that won this book on the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. Keeping Secrets was one of the best books I have ever read. I have always been fond of historical fiction romances and this is definitely a great one. I couldn't put the book down as the story was so suspenseful and I desperately wanted to find out what the mysterious secrets were. In the days since I have finished the book, I keep thinking about the story and what happens next and it keeps getting me ...more
Keeping secrets is always a very bad idea. It was good, but there was so much angst, deception and unexplained backstory, I had a hard time getting really into it. Why were Lawrence and Margaret so evil and grasping, yet still determined to part of the Society of Friends? The 'Quakers' were not the same as Puritans, they typically had a close relationship with God, not just a 'religion' Nothing about these characters (any of them) seems to indicate that.
Ellen Christian
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keeping Secrets truly fascinated me. I loved learning more about the time period that the characters lived in and about what life would be like in The Society of Friends. The author really did an amazing job with details and I really felt like I got to know each character in the story. If you enjoy Christian romance, I definitely recommend Keeping Secrets by Donna Hechler Porter.
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful read! Loved the strong characters whose secrets are slowly revealed layer by layer throughout the book, pulling you in emotionally as if you are there and leading you all the way to the end. You've got to read this book--it's fresh and artfully written! Loved it!
InD'tale Magazine
This is a beautifully written story, but it tends to drag due to too much detail.

Read full review in the 2015 February issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this historical fiction. It was engaging and clean. It was very different than I expected, and I liked seeing a glimpse into the Friends society.
Ashley Burner
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unique historical opens your eyes to an interesting way of life and how so many values have changed. Loved the imagery this author creates.
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Donna Hechler Porter has always been interested in writing and history. It was natural for her to combine her love of both and channel it into writing historical fiction as well as books on her own family's genealogy. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and RWA's Hearts Through History Romance Writers chapter. She currently resides in southeast Texas where she lives with a small ...more

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