ABOUT THE BOOK
Present Day. After tragedy plunges her into grief and unresolved anger, Sarah Ashby returns to her childhood home determined to finally follow her long-denied dream of running Old Depot Grocery alongside her mother and grandmother. But when she arrives, her mother, Rosemary, announces to her that the store is closing. Sarah and her grandmother, Glory Ann, make a pact to save the store, but Rosemary has worked her entire life to make sure her daughter never follows in her footsteps. She has her reasons–but she’ll certainly never reveal the real one.
1965. Glory Ann confesses to her family that she’s pregnant with her deceased fiancé’s baby. Pressured into a marriage of convenience with a shopkeeper to preserve the family reputation, Glory Ann vows never to love again. But some promises are not as easily kept as she imagined.
This dual-timeline story from Amanda Cox deftly explores the complexity of a mother-daughter dynamic, the way the secrets we keep shape our lives and the lives of others, and the healing power of telling the truth.
Loved this one! The Secret Keepers Of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox
Amanda Cox has a unique way of digging into family relationships that I’ve rarely see done well – and she excels at it. She takes real life situations breaks them down into understandable bits and treats them with honesty, not shying away from what people do wrong. In turn, it really makes you think.
I was pulled into this book right from the opening chapter. The story that unfolds is one that begs for attention and won’t let go (as evidence for my staying up until 2 am to finish it!). The generation gaps were touching and pulled on the heartstrings, and while I am not usually a fan of dual time storylines, however, I thought that Amanda did a very good job making sure that I wasn’t lost, but that she clearly communicated the different transitions.
Overall, this story was one of healing, hope, and amazing characters that are the definition of “gentleman”. Truly one of my favorite stories so far this year, further cementing Amanda Cox as an auto-buy author for me.
*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.
About Amanda Cox
Amanda Cox is the author of The Edge of Belonging. A blogger and a curriculum developer for a national nonprofit youth leadership organization, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible and theology and a master’s degree in professional counseling, but her first love is communicating through story. Her studies and her interactions with hurting families over a decade have allowed her to create multidimensional characters that connect emotionally with readers. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with her husband and their three children. Learn more at AmandaCoxWrites.com.