Friday, September 3, 2021

Hey everyone!  Today I'm sharing a review of The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox!  This book is releasing September 7th (Tuesday!) and it's so wonderful. I'm so excited to have had the opportunity to read and review this precious story, and I've been recommending it to basically anyone who will listen because it's just that good.  Make sure to check out the review below! 

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.



Amanda Cox is a blogger and a curriculum developer for a national nonprofit youth leadership organization, but her first love is communicating through story. She holds a bachelor's degree in Bible and theology and a master's degree in professional counseling. Her studies and her interactions with hurting families over a decade have allowed her to create multidimensional characters that connect emotionally with readers. 


 The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery is Cox's sophomore novel and it definitely does not disappoint. There are a few interesting twists and turns that slowly build for a grand finale, and it keeps you on edge waiting for the secrets to come out. There are also several layers of issues that the characters work through; three generations of secrets that unravel after the newly-widowed main character arrives back home.  There are a lot of great themes and thought-provoking lines that really stop you in your tracks. It's a book that you'll read all at once and then have to go back and read again, just because. It's true to Cox's style, presenting stories from the past and present in a dual timeline sort of situation, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite things about Cox's books. Definitely a must-read if you're a fan of contemporary Christian fiction that doesn't shy away from difficult truth, from opening old wounds to heal them, and characters that are deeply compelling and relatable. 

Have you read any of Amanda Cox's novels yet? Do you plan on reading The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery

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