Monday, February 22, 2010

Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn

Gunn was a prolific author of books for teens when she came out with her first novel for adults in 1995.
Jessica was entering Glenbrook, looking forward to her first teaching job, when she has an accident. A handsome fire fighter rescues her and a troubled relationship ensues.
Jessica has a secret she wants to hide from the people of Glenbrook so she assumes a different last name. The name change causes problems with her records and the principal. Turmoil follows yet it all works out in the end.
That this was Gunn's first novel written for adults is evident, I think. Jessica shows a lack of maturity usually seen in teens and not an Oxford graduate. That she could use a different last name and still think the school board and other administrators would not cause trouble is a juvenile thought. And the "secret" Jessica is hiding, when it is revealed, is disappointing.
All that said, I did enjoy the book. Jessica must attempt reconciliation with her father to set things right. Jessica must face her own spirituality and her need for Christ. Both of those parts of the story were well done. This might be a good story for an older teen but may seem frivolous to an older Christian.

This book was provided for review by The WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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