The Safety of Secrets by Delaune Michel

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The safety of secrets is a novel that pulls the reader into the world of secrets from chapter one. It is a story of friends who trust each other to keep their secrets from childhood through adult life. It is about the struggles of normal life as the main character miscarriages a baby,  becomes pregnant again is haunted by secrets from her past and forced to decide how to deal with them in the present. It is a hilarious look at Hollywood actors, actresses and their crazy world.  It is a story of growing up in an uncertain world and most of all it is about the power of friendship, love and safety. the emotions of the characters are so easy to connect with as you read the novel. the author has a wonderful talent for bringing the reader into the world of the characters.  I cried, laughed and truly enjoyed myself while reading this book.

The reader will feel the pain when secrets are broken, when abuse is occurring and the poor choices of some of the characters. You will feel the love and bond between friends as they share and keep the secrets of each others private life. You will feel the betrayal as they are hurt when one character chooses to not let her friend play a major part in her wedding.  You will feel the love, bond and safety of a wife and her husband as he protects her from the world.

I never realized a person could have so many secrets until I entered the life of the main character, Fiona. Fiona is an actress, wife and pregnant. You are pulled into the story from page one. I could not put this book down. I read it in two settings only because I had work to do that prevented me from reading it all at once.

I loved the way the author wrote with such power that I felt a part of the story and the lives of the characters. I was cheering them on and scolding them when they made choices I would not have made.  It brought back memories of my friends and my relationships growing up.

Author Delaune Michel has published articles that will help the reader get the feel of the book and the author. They are listed below:

Hey Y’all

A Place for Stories

What’s Your Book About?

New Site/New Vids

 Babies and Books

Exactly What I Wasn’t Going to Write About Here…

Sunday Supper

How Do You Choose? (Or Why I Wrote The Safety of Secrets)

 True Novels & Fake Memoirs

Getting a Word in Edgewise

The School of Life: or How Being An Actor Taught Me to Write

 Where I’d Rather Be

This is the first book by Delaune Michel that I have read but it will not be my last. The author has the ability to take you from the present back in time and then to the present again without any confusion.  Delaune  lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two sons. She is currently working on her third novel. I give this book a 4   1/2 star. The laungage can be strong at times or I would give it a 5 star.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avon A; Reprint edition (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060817364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060817367
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches

About the Author ()

I am just a simple country gal. I have been married to my best friend for over 34 years. We have two beautiful daughters, two Son In Laws and four grandchildren. My family is the most important thing to me. I love them dearly. I love life to the fullest.

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