Book Review: “Veil Of Secrets” by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel

September 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel, in their new book, “Veil Of Secrets book coverVeil Of Secrets” published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the lives of Melanie and Will Connors.

From the back cover:   Can a woman face—and forgive—her own painful past before her house of cards crumbles . . . and before her own daughter makes the same mistakes?

Melanie and Will Connors are the perfect power couple. Will is the chief campaign strategist for a rising presidential candidate; Melanie is a prominent advocate for protecting children in an over-sexualized culture. Their devotion to one another is admired, even envied.

But their marriage isn’t what it appears to be.

Will maintains an apartment in Washington, DC, and over the years his visits home have grown fewer and farther between. The long-distance marriage has enabled Melanie to avoid intimacy—and has only increased her shame about her secretive past. But then Will issues an ultimatum: We work on the marriage . . . or we work on the divorce.

The Connors commit to marriage counseling in the most brutal of environments—snowy New Hampshire, a tiny state that is first in the nation for presidential primaries and a prize to be won at any cost . . . and the price of victory keeps rising.

As Melanie sifts through the debris of her past, she obsesses over the fear that she hasn’t done enough to protect her teenage daughter. When Melanie sees her facing some of the same temptations, she knows she must intervene . . . but how can a woman with so many veiled secrets guide a daughter honestly?

While the country struggles with threats to its integrity and security, Melanie can no longer ignore the dangers looming in her own world. She can never undo the mistakes of her youth, but perhaps she can still save her marriage and family—if she can surrender her guilt and learn to open herself to her husband once again.

Let me start by saying “Veil Of Secrets” is a tear-jerker.  This is not to say this is bad just that it is highly emotional and you should have a box of tissues standing by.  A marriage in danger, a wife with secrets, a daughter who may be in danger, a sister-in-law who is in trouble, an alcoholic friend and a terrorist threat these are just some of the ingredients that are woven into this storyline. Secrets need to be revealed, pasts need to be forgiven and the future needs to be embraced.  This is the kind of movie that they air on a Sunday night.  It has plenty of atmosphere, great characters and an incredible story.  Your chores will suffer once you start reading this book because you will not want to put it down. Ms. Ethridge and Ms. Mackel have done an outstanding job.

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from The Suspense Zone for this review.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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