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Sunday Morning Secrets by Shirlita K. McFarland

Guest Author - Dianne Rosena Jones

When I started to read this book I thought I knew how this story would unfold. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The twists, turns, and discoveries of the plot left me in shock. I closed the book with my mouth wide open. At one point, I literally yelled out “Oh my God!”

“Sunday Morning Secrets” proves to be better than your average Christian Fiction novel. The characters and their lives are weaved together beautifully. The story takes the reader on a journey from failure, betrayal, deceit, and danger; to faith, forgiveness, and redemption. The author clearly illustrates how dangerous secrets, lead to severe consequences once exposed. Some are devastated by the revelation and others are set free. We find that all of the characters have secrets but each decides whether exposure will destroy them or make them stronger.

I must admit that I wasn’t prepared for the ending. “Sunday Morning Secrets” demands a sequel. Bravo to the author for creating such a compelling cliffhanger. I might even dare to say that the ending may leave some readers disappointed to be left hanging at such a pivotal point in the story. I’m anxious to read the next installment. Eager to see how the author will deal with the spiritual implications and the psychological repercussions surrounding the decision made by one of the main characters. I hope that the author’s sophomore work picks right up with the last chapter as the prologue and continues from there.

I closed the book wondering if all the secrets of every member in our local churches were exposed for all to see would it be as shocking as “Sunday Morning Secrets?” I came to the conclusion that the only reason we would be shocked is because we have unrealistic expectations of what it means to be a Christian. We place people on pedestals and then we are disappointed, and blame them when they fall off of the pedestal we should have never placed them on in the first place. The characters in this book remind us that no matter how much we may sing and shout in church on Sunday morning, no one is without sin, flaws, or secrets.

There were some formatting issues that caused words to be improperly spaced throughout the book. It was a distraction from an otherwise gripping storyline. Despite that I’ll be looking for the next book with great anticipation.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publicist and/or author in exchange for a fair review. Compensation was not exchanged.

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Dianne Rosena Jones is Transformational Life Coach, Inspirational Speaker, Host of “Becoming Who I AM” on BlogTalk Radio, and Author of “Tragic Treasures: Discovering Spoils of War in the Midst of Tragedy” voted “BEST INSPIRATIONAL BOOK OF THE YEAR [2010].”
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