Value Fiction: Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn — Review

Genres: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Secrets (Glenbrooke, #1) Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn

Beginning her new life in a small Oregon town, high school English teacher Jessica tries desperately to hide the details of her past. Yet two individuals remain determined to discover the painful truth: the jealous woman who is Jessica’s immediate superior, and Kyle Buchanan, a handsome, compassionate paramedic and dreamer. Will Jessica’s past destroy her future? Or can she find a deeper peace that will end her need to keep Secrets? Readers will find out in this bestselling former Palisades release, now the first book of the new Glenbrooke series by bestselling author Robin Jones Gunn.

Jessica ran from her past…but can she hide from love?

Jessica Morgan wants desperately to forget the past and begin a new life. She chooses a small, peaceful town tucked away in Oregon ’s Willamette Valley as the place to start over—Glenbrooke. Once there, Jessica conceals her identity from the intriguing personalities she meets—including the compassionate paramedic who desires to protect her and the jealous woman who wants nothing more than to destroy her.

Will Jessica’s deceit ruin all hope for the future? Or will she find a deeper peace that allows her to stop hiding the truth from those who love her most of all?

In this new release of the heartwarming bestseller Secrets, now Book One in the Glenbrooke series, Robin Jones Gunn reintroduces the fascinating characters who have captured the imaginations of readers across the country. Revel once again in the lives and loves of the people of Glenbrooke in this compelling tale of romance and spiritual truth.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My first introduction to Robin Jones Gunn was
Sisterchicks Go Brit! [click to see my review] and I loved it. When I heard that “Secrets,” the first novel in the Glenbrooke series (of about eight novels I believe) and the first adult novel that Robin wrote I was greatly intrigued. This is the book that so many people have told me was their first Christian Fiction novel to read that hooked them on the genre. The new cover is gorgeous and definitely something I would reach for. I was really excited about the opportunity to read this one. Through the Value Fiction from WaterBrook Multnomah, several fabulous titles have been released under an unbelievable price of just $6.99!! These are not mass market but trade paperback and that makes me so happy. This is the kind of thing that I can afford when it comes to books.

This novel is good. It is heart beating, curiosity peaked, turn the next page enjoyable. There were moments when I was quite nervous and moments when I was exceedingly happy for the characters. I would say that this book goes on my keeper shelf and I’m just about guaranteed that I will look for the others in the series. I do hope that the entire series will be republished with such awesome covers. If so I cannot wait to see them! I recommend this book with out hesitation. I have seen some reviews where people had qualms about the secret not being what they expected, but is it ever? This is a book about walking away from something and trying to hide from God. Going forward in life and being with or with out the support is what we all go through. Follow Jessica on her journey and see where she turns out to be in the end. I look forward to reading more of her story and the people that she comes across.

*Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah for providing a copy for review.*

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The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.


  1. Margaret-

    I’m not sure Robin was my first “Christian Author” to read but she was likely close as I read any of Multnomah’s Palisades Imprint as I could get my hands on back then. Lisa Bergren, Melody Carlson and several other now “well-known” authors started out or wrote for this imprint early on. To add to what you mentioned I’d like to see the entire catalog of Palisades books reissued. Loved them then but wish I owned them now. They were mostly library copies I scavenged for since the libraries didn’t know they were their own genre and mixed them in with the rest of the general fiction. Not that it is a bad thing it just made them a bit harder to find or know if they were available but checked out. Most libraries still shelve them with other fiction though some have added a Genre ID label to the spine.

    You’d probably enjoy some of the other Palisades authors as well if they get reissued or you can scrounge up copies from libraries or used book stores as I’m sure the original editions are out of print for some time now. I believe the first editions were late 80’s into the 90’s.

    • I do like Lisa and Melody’s books that I know of now as well so you’re probably right that I would like those from that imprint. It’s amazing what finding a good book will do to your wish list!

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