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The Secrets We Keep by Shirley Patton
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Aimee McCartney's decision to leave her home in Perth for the mining town of Kalgoorlie wasn't made easily, but she was looking forward to the change. A social worker, Aimee's new job felt right - her work-mates were friendly and welcoming, especially Lori, who seemed constantly full of life. As Aimee learned the ropes in the small town, she felt constant empathy toward the people she met. Her meeting with Paul, Kerry and Amber Steele as their support person taught her strength - the friendship between the family and Aimee grew.

The close knit community included Aggie, a reader of tea leaves. Aggie had lost her husband Frank some years previously, but was loved by all. When a problem with the mines reared its ugly head, the townsfolk banded together. But Aimee found herself dwelling too much in the past and the secrets she held. Could she release the hurt without hurting others?

The Secrets We Keep by Aussie author Shirley Patton is a gentle story of heartache, hope, respect and forgiveness. Set in Western Australia in the harshness of the desert of 1986, it shows the plight of the Aboriginals, the struggles of the miners and their families, and the simple caring of friends. The Secrets We Keep was a thoroughly enjoyable read and different from anything I've read in awhile. Highly recommended.

With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read and review.
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Reading Progress

February 6, 2018 – Shelved
February 6, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
February 6, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-release
February 6, 2018 – Shelved as: aussie-authors
February 6, 2018 – Shelved as: contemporary-fiction
February 7, 2018 – Shelved as: arc
February 7, 2018 – Shelved as: net-galley
March 7, 2018 – Shelved as: indigenous
March 8, 2018 – Started Reading
March 8, 2018 – Shelved as: 5000-books
March 8, 2018 – Shelved as: own-read
March 8, 2018 – Shelved as: read-on-kindle
March 8, 2018 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Sharon (new) - added it

Sharon Great review, Brenda. Looking forward to reading this one :)


Brenda Thanks Sharon :)


marlin1 Nice review, I have this one to look forward to as well


Brenda Thanks Marlin :) There was just something about this one that touched me... hard to explain :)


Brenda Thanks Karin :)


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