Thursday 20 September 2018

Audio: The Secrets She Carried - Barbara Davis

Author Barbara Davis
Narrated by Tiffany Morgan
Publication date Sep 4, 2018 by Tantor Media
Running time 13 hrs 5 min
Historical fic/Women's fiction

My Thoughts:
I could not really put my finger on what was missing in this novel. I am still not sure. But I knew it was something when I fell asleep (not the first time), and did not rewind so to say. Instead I went forward and did not feel I had missed much. That is when I do know that something is missing for me. And I do not know what!

Maybe it was that it was two parts? I felt like the Adele story could have been a really good and tragic book. But now we had to read about Leslie too, and sure her part could have been good too, but maybe without the Adele bits. I never got Leslie's obsession and why Jay did not help her more.

And the end was the final nail in the coffin. There was still one road not taken and instead we got a haha, what a good book that would be. No, I want to see how that turned out!

So we have two stories that just do not flow well together...I guess. And maybe I did not take to Leslie. Adele I got.

I also wondered about so many things! Like yes I get that your mum died, but why did you stay away for 30 years? Why didn't your gran just come and visit you? Who did your gran marry? We never heard about that. Poor grandmother Maggie!

Only ok from my point of view.

I did like her, but maybe her voice was too smooth. I do listen a lot in the dark after all. She had such a pleasant voice and she did make the book better. 
Of course at the same time, her voice was very even since the book did not really go up and down either.

When a young woman returns to North Carolina after a thirty-year absence, she finds that the once grand tobacco plantation she called home holds more secrets than she ever imagined.

Though Peak Plantation has been in her family for generations, Leslie Nichols can’t wait to rid herself of the farm left to her by her estranged grandmother Maggie—and with it the disturbing memories of her mother’s death, her father’s disgrace, and her unhappy childhood. But Leslie isn’t the only one with a claim to Peak.

Jay Davenport, Peak’s reclusive caretaker, has his own reasons for holding onto the land bequeathed to him by Leslie’s grandmother. Before she died, Maggie hinted at a terrible secret surrounding Adele Laveau, a lady’s maid who came to Peak during the 1930s and died under mysterious circumstances. Jay is haunted by Maggie’s story, yet the truth eludes him—until Leslie uncovers a cryptically marked grave on the property.

As they delve into the mystery of Adele’s death, Leslie and Jay discover shocking secrets that extend deep into the roots of Leslie’s family tree—secrets that have the power to alter her life forever.


  1. I wonder if it would be better in print.

  2. I thought it looked familiar I featured the paperback in 2013 when it first came out. I don't remember too much about it though. sorry it wasn't all that for you

  3. too bad something was lacking

  4. Might have been the narrator, though I wonder if the print version would have done the same :/

    1. I honestly do not know. But I do think the narrator made it better so...

  5. Sounds like the writer needed to work on it some more.

  6. It sounds like this one might have been better if it only focused on one of the stories.

  7. Seems like the story might have been too slow. Sometimes I know if I blank out for a long time, pick it up again and it feels like I missed nothing, there's probably not much to the plot.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. True. I have no idea for how long I was asleep...but, eh

  8. Oh yeah, its a problem when you fall asleep and don't even feel you missed something important. I'm glad at least part of it was good. I get bummed when the end comes and I still have questions. Yeah, I can see why it was only so-so for you.

    1. I guess things happened, but no, I did not miss anything

  9. Sorry this one didn't quite work out for you! Hugs...RO



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