>Every Secret Thing: A Book Review

>Every Secret Thing by Ann Tatlock
Bethany House Publishers; paperback; 367 pages; © 2007
Reviewed by Glenda Mathes

As a church librarian, I am always looking for quality fiction that combines talented storytelling with literary excellence. Ann Tatlock never disappoints. She is one of few superb writers in the Christian fiction genre.

Her sixth novel, Every Secret Thing, is a literary treasure. Tatlock combines masterful storytelling with lyrical prose in a well-crafted, multi-layered novel about maturity and meaning.

Beth Gunnar returns as an English teacher to the secondary school from which she graduated twenty years earlier. Events of the past and present create a more than ordinary tension as the school year begins. She and a special student must learn how to cope with the devastation caused by the suicide of an influential loved one. During this extraordinary year, she assesses her sources of comfort, contentment, and meaning.

The novel explores relationships between men and women, between teachers and students, between mothers and daughters, and between people and God.

This novel is highly recommended for personal reading as well as for placement in church libraries.

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