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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  97 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Sheila Franklin has lived three separate lives. Now a conservative pastor's wife in Chicago, she is skilled at hiding secrets--a talent birthed during childhood romps through the music-filled streets of New Orleans. But when the son she bore at the age of eighteen comes back looking for answers and desperate for help, her greatest secret--and greatest regret--is revealed. ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 22nd 2010 by Kregel Publications
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Barbara Brink
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
With one phone call, a prim and proper pastor’s wife comes face to face with her secret and painful past. The son she was forced to give up at birth has found her and wants to meet her. Suddenly her life is filled with possibilities. Thus begins the revealing of secrets.
Sheila Franklin’s story begins in 1940’s New Orleans when she was a carefree fourteen-year-old girl named Sheba. It takes a crazy journey to a Catholic home for unwed mothers in St Paul, Minnesota, and from there, loops over to C
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing

The Rhythm Of Secrets by Patti Lacy

Since 1955, Sheila Franklin, a talented musician, has perfectly performed the role of devout pastor’s wife, locking away her past as Sheba Alexander and Sylvia Allen. Her carefully constructed façade crumbles with a single phone call from a young Marine named Samuel, the illegitimate son she secretly put up for adoption. Samuel begs Sheila to use her government contacts to get his fiancé, Mali, a Thai prostitute, into
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! A Christian book once again. This book is about a girl born into New Orleans music world. She goes from there to losing her parents into a fire, to going to a grandmother who seems to not want her. She meets a man finds herself pregnant and sent off to a home for wayward girls. She must give up her son. She has a very different life after that and always misses the son she gave up and hopes he finds himself into her life again. He does but after she is married to a very hi ...more
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Rhythm of Secrets is my first introduction to this author and her work – and I love it! It was a bit slow at the beginning, but there were so many questions and so many hints of a bigger, more complex plot to come, that I was pulled along in the story. Patti writes with so much emotion packed into her words that you can’t help but feel exactly what Shelia went through during her painful childhood. While I never cried buckets of tears (though came very close!), I still felt for Shelia. Patti’ ...more
Scott Foley
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
With The Rhythm of Secrets, Patti Lacy proves herself an author of immense talent.

The Rhythm of Secrets is an ambitious tale that presents the story of Sheila, a humble woman married to a high-profile pastor. However, Sheila has secrets--dark secrets--that even her husband has not yet discovered. From the wildness of 1940s New Orleans to the chaos of Thailand during the Vietnam War era, Sheila's life is rife with trials and tribulations, and her faith is constantly challenged.

Though The Rhythm o
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lydia by: Litfuse
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This is undoubtedly one of the most poignant books that has come across my reading pile. The Rhythm of Secrets is an epic tale about masquerading that is perfectly set in the birthplace of the biggest masquerade festival, New Orleans. Sylvia (also known as Sheba and Sheila) takes on imposed identities while suppressing her true self in order to fit the ideal that those around her expect her to fulfill. Sylvia is the embodiment and per
Naomi Musch
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Edgy" is an anemic way to describe the gut-wrenching realism in Patti Lacy's "Rhythm of Secrets", new 2011 from Kregel. Writers know that to keep readers turning the pages, there needs to be conflict. Lots and lots of conflict. Bad, leads to worse, leads to awful. In Patti's book, the progression doesn't start small. It takes off with tension, and continues to breed one new horror upon another for her protagonist.
Conservative pastor's wife, Sheila Franklin, has been masking a secret past for
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Rhythm of Secrets was the first book I’ve read by Patti Lacy and I am thoroughly impressed! Mrs. Lacy was able to transport me back to places such as 1940’s New Orleans, a summery beach in Mississippi, a home for unwed mothers and even to a brothel in Thailand, during the Vietnam war. And let me tell you, what an emotional, wild and grace-filled ride, it was!

In all honesty, I didn’t think that I would like this book very much; however, I was immediately captured by the flash back story line
Amber Stokes
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is full of vivid imagery--some beautiful and poetic, and some disturbing and heartbreaking. I admire Lacy's talent for writing, as the words she weaves draw the reader into the story, for better or for worse. The rhythm of the book is full of constant crescendos and decrescendos, painful secrets in both the past and present revealed one right after the other, paralleled by tender moments of kindness and hope. It's a different sort of rhythm for a book--one that takes the reader on a ti ...more
Melanie Coombes
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Patti Lacy is a gifted writer. In her novel, The Rhythm of Secrets, she takes readers on a spiritual and beautiful journey from the streets of New Orleans in the 1940s, to Chicago, as well as Thailand in the late 1960s.
The book is based loosely on a true story of a woman who has a tragic and sad past. Sheba has lost her parents in a fire and is sent to live with her stern, no nonsense grandmother. Forced to change her name, Sheba, now known as Sheila, meets a soldier and falls in love. However,
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
The Rhythm of Secrets
By Patti Lacy
Published by Kregel

Heart wrenching yet inspiring, The Rhythm of Secrets is the story of one woman’s journey through loss, rejection and loneliness, and secrets that kept her bound by her past. It is also the story of the strength redemption and forgiveness that all long for, but only the saved receive freely.

Sheila Franklin is a proper preachers wife; legalistic, responsible…and suffocating. One phone call changes everything. Samuel. Her son. Her heart. A flood
Christy Lockstein
Dec 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Rhythm of Secrets of Patti Lacy is a poignant look at how racism and prejudice can affect a life. Sheila Franklin’s life is shattered when she receives a phone call from the son, Samuel, she gave up as an infant twenty –two years ago. Now the wife of a prominent pastor, she has much to lose from the secrets Samuel’s appearance will bring to light. But her son has an reason for approaching Sheila now, one that could destroy them both, and who they love, forever. Lacy has earned a reputation a ...more
Set in 1940's New Orleans, "The Rhythm of Secrets", is a fictional tale that was inspired by a true story; Capturing the mystery and ambiance of New Orleans while wrapping up readers in a tale of romance and intrigue, all the way spinning a tale of "God's Grace", "The Rhythm of Secrets" is not an overnight read, but a tale that will keep you turning the pages and returning to finding out the secrets, the hope and the promise of the characters that, Patti Lacy" masterly captures her readers in.

Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a book crosses your path that touches your heart AND makes you think.
Sometimes that book is written by someone you consider a friend, a compatriot, a kindred soul. Such is the case with Patti Lacy's newest release, "The Rhythm of Secrets."
I was privileged to read a draft of the book prior to publication. Patti's gift for setting the scene and fleshing out her characters caught me right away.
I had to know what happened.
That, in my opinion, is the sign of a good book. Not polished prose,
Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
When you sit down with a Lacy book you can be sure of two things: twists and turns and the goodness of God’s grace triumphing over the human condition

I thought the book did a good job of showing the forgiveness of God’s grace and how our sins will find us out, effecting more than just that one person.

The beginning was a bit slow, but once the story got going it didn’t quit. Just when you think you have something figured out, a new twist is added. How the author dreams up such plot lines is beyon
Carla Stewart
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loosely based on a true-to-life event, Patti Lacy’s “framed” story is one that is rich in setting and emotions, giving it the feel of a saga. From New Orleans to Mississippi to Chicago to Thailand, the reader is swept away in THE RHYTHM OF SECRETS. Sheila Franklin is the wife of a successful evangelist whose foundation is on the brink of national attention. Big things are coming, but the secret Sheila harbors may demolish all she and her husband have spent a lifetime building. When the son she g ...more
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Its the spring of 1969 when Sheila Franklin gets a call she had been anticipating for the last 22 years. Its a call from her son Samuel born in 1947, a son she had given up a week after he was born. She had kept the secret from everyone including her husband Edward, whom she had been married to for eighteen years. How will this secret affect her marriage and the ministry that she and her husband have worked so hard to build?

The character of Sheba/Sylvia/Sheila was quite interesting. Young Sheba
Laverne Ombadykow
Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Threaded throughout this book are glimpses of Christ's redemptive love as well as glimpses of how guilt caused the heroine to feel that she was unworthy to accept that love. Even though she eventually accepted Christ's free gift of forgiveness, she still had to work through years of guilt over past sins.

As a reader, I was very much aware of how damaging it is to have an attitude that Christians are perfect people who never sin and that if they do sin, there is no place in the church for them. I
This exciting, suspenseful story goes back and forth between the past (1940's New Orleans and historic Chicago) and the present (Chicago and Thailand.) The faith of the main character, Sheila Franklin, is slow in maturing, but is strong and enduring, helping her through many tragic circumstances. The plot caused me to think about prejudice and the many ways we can be judge-mental, hurting the way others view Christianity and Salvation in the process. This novel was inspired by a true story, and ...more
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is not an easy book to read. It contains harsh realities of prejudice that were particularly harsh at this time period.

The book starts out with Sheila, a pastor's wife, who gets a call from a man who needs her help. The man is the son she had when she was a teenager. A son she forgot to tell her husband about. But this is a watershed event. Sheila has many, many secrets.

Sheila meets her son and she begins her story. Sheila was once named Sheba, the daughter of a gambler in trouble with the
Jul 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
The book is called The Rhythm of Secrets for a reason, and it's hard to go into much detail without giving something away. With that being said... This was a good book, even though it took new a long time to get through it. Because it alternates between the history of the main character and her present-day situation, there was slot of action to absorb. And yet, the plot seemed to take too long to unfold, with most of the present-day action coming in the last few chapters.

For much of the book I w
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I had a really hard time getting into this book for the first 100 pages. If I hadn't committed to review it for a blog tour I probably would have set it aside and quit reading. Once I got through the first part of the book I ended up enjoying the last 2/3 of the book and was glad I read it.

This story follows the life of Sheba starting when she was a teenage girl growing up in New Orleans. Tragedy leave Sheba orphaned and eventually pregnant with an illegitimate child. If you've read the book sum
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The opening pages of this book drew me in and held on. Sheila Franklin’s carefully constructed life, completely built upon a secret (a lie?), comes down around her in the space of one phone call. When she hears the voice of her now grown son, the one she had given up for adoption when he was born, it sends her thoughts back to her past.

The book is told from her perspective and goes back and forth between the past and present. We learn why the son contacted her and also what transpired in her lif
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Patti Lacy has a gift. She has this uncanny ability to find a story and flesh it out to a place where you feel like you are living in that story. I would not say that woman's fiction (you know the kind dealing with heavy subjects that really make you think) is one of my favorite genres, in fact I pass by on a lot of them. But a book by Patti Lacy - it is a must read as far as I am concerned. I loved her first books "An Irishwoman's Tale" and "What The Bayou Saw" but this book was even better! Th ...more
Mar 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I won this book as a Good Reads Giveaway and want to thank Kregel Publishing for sending it to me.

I was so excited when I won this book and very much looking forward to reading it. For about half of the book I was really loving it. Although a sad story it is an interesting one. I am a big fan of stories that involve people's lives, so it drew me in immediately. Sheba Franklin's life was built on several secrets and eventually those secrets come to reality. One day Sheba , now known as Sheila re
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Intense. Lots of secrets swirling around. Betrayal. Heartbreak. Love. Redemption.

Sheila has secrets, lots of them. Her whole life has been about secrets, beginning with the things her parents didn't tell her, didn't want her to know, up through the secrets she kept from her husband, secrets that now threaten her marriage and entire way of life. To find peace and to help her son, all of her secrets must be revealed.

Lacy tells the story through a series of flashbacks which read more like an exper
I won this book in a first-reads giveaway, and I have pretty mixed feelings about it overall. There were parts of it that I thoroughly enjoyed, and others that I had to force my way through. In the end I'm glad I got to read it, but once is probably enough.

What I love about this story is the portrayal of overwhelming motherly love that endures through all time, distance, and tragedy. The symbolism of overwhelming love that God has for His children is evident throughout the story and is a supreme
Catherine Richmond
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Pastor's wife Sheila gets a call that turns her world upside down. It's the son she was forced to give up for adoption twenty years ago. Samuel asks for her help rescuing his fiancée from Thailand. When Sheila's husband finds out about the young man, he tells her to choose between them.

Most writers have a distinctive pattern to their writing. A reader can easily distinguish between Diana Gabaldon and Janet Evanovich by the length of sentences, word choice, and even the white space on the page.
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a really good, rich story. Watching Sheila struggle with accepting God’s grace and forgiveness is so real and so true. So close to what so many people seeking God go through. The bulk of the book tells Sheila’s story, as she is telling it to Samuel, but her true understanding of God’s loving and grace doesn’t occur until her ordeal in Thailand. Written quite well, this book allows the reader to feel Sheila’s struggles, pain, and even guilt as the story progresses.

We see Samuel’s perspect
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am loving Lacy’s literary style fiction. The Rhythm of Secrets didn’t disappoint this reader. Where other writers may have fallen short with this surprising tale Lacy’s unique twist of descriptive phrases brought this tale to life.

The story itself is unusual, inspired by a true story that begins in New Orleans, 1940 with a teenager as the heroine. We follow her through the mistakes made in a flash of false love, life changes and finally the facing of who she really is.

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Patti Lacy, a Baylor University graduate, taught community college humanities until God called her to span seas and secrets in her Kregel-published novels, An Irishwoman’s Tale and What the Bayou Saw.

2011 brings two new Patti Lacy novels to bookstore shelves. The Rhythm of Secrets will release with Kregel in January; Bethany House will publish Reclaiming Lily in October.

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