Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox

 The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery

Book Summary

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.
My Thoughts

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox involves three generations of Clearwater women.  I thought the story was well-written with realistic, developed characters.  It is a dual-timeline novel that is told from Glory Ann, Sarah, and Rosemary’s point-of-view.  The story revolves the family grocery store began by Clarence Clearwater, Glory Ann’s husband.  Each woman is at the Old Depot for a different reason.  They have secrets that come to light over the course of the book. There is misunderstandings and miscommunications that do not help these ladies’ relationships. There are good life lessons presented in this generational saga.  Forgiveness of others and oneself is the first one and the second one is that God is in control.  We can worry, manipulate, scheme, and plan.  In the end, it is best to leave it in God’s hands because His plans are the ones that will happen in the end. I liked that there was hope in the story.  A person may be going through a tough time or grieving, but there was still hope to help get them through.  I enjoyed the epilogue that nicely wrapped up this emotional, thought-provoking tale. There is something for each reader in this Southern story.    The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery is a story that will linger with you long after you finish it.  

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery is available from Amazon* as well as other major retailers.  Amanda Cox also wrote The Edge of Belonging.  Thank you for visiting today.  Next time I am featuring Reading Between the Crimes by Kate Young.  It is the 2nd A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery.  I hope you have an inspiring day.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!


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