Book Review: “Trading Secrets” by Melody Carlson

November 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Melody Carlson in her new book, “Trading Secrets booik coverTrading Secrets” published by Revell brings us into the life of Micah Knight.

From the back cover: The truth may set you free–but it might also land you in some uncomfortably hot water.

Over the years, Micah Knight has exchanged many letters–and many secrets–with her longtime Amish pen pal, Zach. But Micah’s kept quiet on the biggest secret of all–the fact that despite her name, she’s a girl.

Now Micah finally has the chance to meet her pen pal face-to-face. She wants nothing more than to experience life on Zach’s Amish farm, but she’s more than a little anxious. Will he be angry at her for deceiving him all these years? And will she risk losing his friendship to find something more?

I suppose the worst thing you can do to a relationship, any relationship, is to keep secrets. And when the secret you are keeping is your gender then this is deceit stretched to the max. Micah is a girl with a boy’s name who really wants to meet her pen pal Zach but he doesn’t know she is a girl and she is, after so many years, afraid to tell him. So that is when the deceit really spins out of control when she has to masquerade as a boy to the extreme of changing her voice.  “Trading Secrets” is a story of love and truthfulness in a relationship. Melody Carlson knows how to write and she has delivered a wonderful story about learning who we are and what we are about.  There are great characters within these pages that we can like a lot with plenty of human relationships that we can identify with.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell.   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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