Pastor Brice Northam is used to hearing secrets. After all, it’s part of his job description. But he’s about to hear one that’s going to challenge him almost as much as his feelings for the person confessing.
Peyton needs some serious help from Brice, but how much does she dare tell him? And what, exactly, is Brice hiding from Peyton—and himself? Clearly they both have some serious soul-searching to do. But maybe, just maybe, the answer to secrets isn’t silence. Or more secrets.
Maybe it’s love.
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Note: While the Secret Keeper series does feature some characters who are Christian (the hero is a pastor, so that’s a dead giveaway), it is not a Christian romance in the traditional sense, and some characters find themselves in adult situations and using strong language. Not that the pastor approves! But he’s fallen in love with a complex, modern woman whose life is anything but predictable. If you think you could too, then dive in. Bring your sense of humor and your compassion, and then hold on for the emotional ride of your life!
Enter Jude Weatherington, fresh off the plane from England. While Libby would never dream of talking to him, she does dream of him. Fantasy Jude is refined, romantic, and completely wrapped up in Libby. There’s just one problem: he’s not real.
Real Jude's no slouch, either. He's quirky and clever, and easy to talk to. His strange vocabulary and sexy accent keep things interesting, too. There’s just one problem: he’s not a fantasy.
The more Libby gets to know Real Jude, the more he starts to pull ahead of the fantasy version. But Jude hates secrets. And if he knew the truth about her, it would no longer be a mystery to him—or anyone—why she's still single. He'd run away as fast as he could.
Or maybe not.
A girl can dream, right?
But then out of the blue, Stefan sends an email with an offer she can’t refuse, and Peyton is faced with a choice. Should she tell him about their child, her Secret who didn’t make it? Isn’t that the morally correct choice? But if she does, what will that mean for their business relationship… and her marriage?
Brice is going to need all his powers of communication and understanding if he’s going to protect his headstrong but vulnerable wife; especially a wife who doesn’t think she needs any help. But her troubles with her past are now threatening their future.
But suddenly Brice is struck down—literally—and Peyton finds herself fighting for both his recovery and her ability to cope. On top of that, the arrival of a handsome stranger arouses some unwelcome but undeniable feelings. And even Pastor Long isn’t done with surprises—and this one isn’t nearly so pleasant.
How did Peyton’s perfect life go so wrong? And what, if anything, can she do to protect her family? When outside forces threaten all she holds dear, it’s time for Peyton to rise to the challenges—and hold on for all she’s worth.
So when Brice wants to move from Chicago—away from Peyton’s family and job and friends and familiar home—she says yes, because she knows how much it will mean to his career and how much he wants this change.
But now Peyton iskeeping a secret about their new life: she hates it.
Then there's the secret she's keeping, or at least trying to keep, from her new town and new church—that she's just no good at this 'pastor's wife' thing. At least they don't know about her past. And there's no way that secret could ever get out, is there?
It even seems her husband has been keeping information from her. Who would have thought Pastor Brice could have a ‘past’? Or that this recently divorced past might still have designs on his present… and future?
It’s a secret that Peyton's been keeping for Jen, however, that is her biggest concern. Of course, it’s not Peyton’s secret to tell; plus she promised she never would. After all, telling it could have some serious consequences—for more than just Jen. But is it wrong to keep silent about something so significant? What’s more important—friendship or truth?
It’s time for Peyton to learn to let go. But if she does, will anyone be there to catch her?
Yet Peyton is holding on to some of the old as well—old fears, old resentments, and her old bad habit of keeping secrets. When tragedy strikes a friend, and then comes for Peyton herself, she feels herself losing her grip, both on her emotional stability and her relationships with those she loves.
With her insecurity at an all-time high, Peyton must heal her raw wounds—both old and fresh—and uncover one more secret before she can be fulfilled at last.
Enter Jet Knox, the starting quarterback of her beloved hometown pro football team. Maura dismisses their first encounter as merely a thrilling brush with celebrity, but Jet has other ideas. He’s made a living setting—and scoring—goals. Wooing Maura is his latest objective.
Everyone in Maura’s life seems to have an opinion about her relationship with Jet, but with so many ideas, rumors, and doubts, Maura must rely on the judgment of the last person she feels she can trust: herself.
But he has no idea how wacky “whatever it takes” can get. Before he knows it, his next blind date has helped herself to his photo, his gender, and details of his life to fuel a wild scheme—and he finds himself falling into it. After all, if his own life is a bust, why not try on someone else’s? What could possibly go wrong?
“An irresistible tale about finding love where you least expect it.”
But it turns out there’s a reason fiction always closes right after “I do.”Because in real life, there’s a whole lot more to get through before happily ever after.
Changes at work, revelations at family get-togethers, struggles in his personal relationships, and disappointments at home threaten Nate’s healthy outlook and force him to diagnose and take action.
Unfortunately, nobody’s walking away from this treatment plan with an easy cure and a lollipop.
The closer she gets to tying the knot, the more her wedding—and her future—tie her stomach in knots. But standing up to a master manipulator like Gloria Knox hardly seems like the best way to blend in with her new family. So Maura tastes cakes, talks centerpieces, and poses for photos, despite her mounting panic.
If football has taught her anything, it’s that the best offense is a good defense, but she’s running out of plays and may need to call on the quarterback to launch a Hail Mary. The question is, will Maura show up in the end zone to catch his pass?
Jet’s no help. He’s too busy negotiating a new contract, dealing with injuries, and proving his critics wrong. Why can’t Maura find a favorite charity and spend her days shopping and redecorating the house, like a “normal” NFL wife? He has records to break and autographs to sign.
Maura might be uncertain about what her next play is, but she knows what it isn’t: motherhood. Unfortunately, nobody gave a copy of that playbook to her mother-in-law, who wants another grandchild more than Jet wants another Super Bowl ring.
With so many competing interests, someone’s going to walk away disappointed. Who will rise victorious, and who will limp to the locker room to play another day? In real life, not everyone gets a trophy.
And just as they’re getting the hang of their new home, a figure from the past re-emerges. Turns out some people—and decisions—can follow you anywhere you go, for the rest of your life.
She’s about to find out. In addition to a precocious, feline-obsessed kindergartner, a walking jukebox of a music teacher, a birdbrained principal, a sardonic secretary, and a fourth grade teacher who missed her calling as a prison warden, the cast of characters at Whitehall Elementary includes a cocky teacher who knows exactly who he is and what he wants from life. Which isn’t this; but family obligations keep him stuck in his second-choice career.
The last thing Kendall needs is a bored man to screw things up for her—again—but he’s a page-turner she just can’t put down. If only she could sort out her feelings and priorities, Kendall might be able to discover the person she’s meant to be. All she needs is a little quiet, please!