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Gail Jones
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Book Description

8 Dec 2008
When fifteen-year-old Rachel's family move from the sea side town of Scarborough to industrial Rotherham she thought her biggest problem would be fitting in at a new school. She was so wrong. Within weeks Rachel finds out she was abandoned at birth and adopted. After confronting her parents she realises they are hiding more from her and sets out to find the truth about her past. With the help of her new boyfriend, Luke she goes in search of her birth family but finds much more than she ever imagined. While coping with these devastating family revelations she also has to deal with manipulating bully, Emma and the possibility of losing her new boyfriend. Rachel soon realises that her life will never be the same again. This is the first part of the Rachel Brooks Trilogy. The year is only going to get worse.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: YouWriteOn.com; First Edition edition (8 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849232504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849232500
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,107,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gail Jones lives in South Yorkshire, England. She works part time for her local council diagnosing and fixing computer faults. She says trying to work out the problems with them gets her creative mind in gear!

Gail has also worked voluntarily with children and young people for over twenty years and loved 'just about' every minute of it. She enjoys joining in the games and says she is just a big kid really.

Gail has been writing for years but, 'Family Secrets' her first young adult book was published in 2008, the sequel 'Family Fear' followed in 2010 and the final part, 'Family Missing' was released in 2012.

Making up stories for her children's groups started Gail writing and she has now published some of those picture books. They are all based around a little squirrel who keeps getting into trouble, Gail says, 'My group of five to nine-year-olds loved the adventures of the squirrel and identified with him as they were often in trouble too!' 'Toby Squirrel and Friends' are in ebook only. The first two 'Toby is Lost' and 'Thief' were illustrated by a friend but the third book, 'Beaut' due out in 2013 is illustrated by Gail.

'At school I was useless at art but when I needed an illustrator I decided to do an art course and give it a go. I've been very pleased with the results and hope the readers like them too.'

Gail never works on only one story at a time and is currently working on other teen fiction stories 'Witness' - Fourteen-year-old Keila's best friend is murdered but was she the intended victim or is Keila in grave danger? and 'Time Fixers' fourteen-year-old Jess is an agony aunt to all her friends but when mysterious and gorgeous Eli arrives and asks her to work for a futuristic agency helping other young adults, has she taken on more than she can handle?

You can view a sample of Gail's artwork and updates on her current projects on her facebook page. www.facebook.com/GailJonesBooksuk

You can also visit Gail's website www.gailjonesbooks.co.uk and follow Gail on twitter @gjonesfiction for all up to date news

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From the Back Cover

Hi. I'm Rachel. I'm fifteen.

When we moved house (Dad's idea), I was so dreading starting my new school. Turns out, that was the least of my worries. Within weeks I'd:

1. Fallen out with my new best friend.
2. Found out I was adopted and
3. Figured out my parents were keeping something from me. (Apart from me being adopted, that is.)

Turns out my whole life was a lie and I'd got to figure out the truth. I was like, a total wreck! The only good thing was Luke.

Anyway, if you're interested, you can find out about Luke and all our Family Secrets inside.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really really great! 4 Sep 2011
By Cerys93
Format:Paperback
I loved this book, and I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down!

You feel sorry for Rachel at the start, because she just found out she was adopted, and she found out from her school bully, but then you feel angry towards her parents because you just know they're keeping another secret, but you don't know what!
So then it turns into every teens idea of fun, to go off on an adventure with a handsome male sidekick to be independant and uncover the truth for yourself, but maybe the truth isn't so great when you find out?

Great first book in the Rachel trilogy, a really good read :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for Teens or "teens at heart" 28 Jan 2011
By Naomi H
Format:Paperback
Enjoyed every word! About a girl discovering herself and learning a few life truths along the way.
Get this book if you like a tear jerker, a giggle and a little bit of lurve!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok 17 Nov 2013
By animals
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thought that this was ok but could have been a bit better then it was. It was all about secrets and families.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Review 3 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
We (Karen & Pam Haines) would highly recommend this book, it is a thouroughly enjoyable read. Once you've started it you'll find it difficult to put it down. Can't wait for the sequel!! Well done to the author!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not great 14 Jan 2013
By Beesy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Enjoyable, I guess, but not for me. Very cliché beginning and school scenes, did not capture my attention as well as I would have liked. Recommended for girls nine to eleven or slow readers.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-published rubbish 29 Dec 2012
By BC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Thank goodness for the preview so I didn't waste 99 cents on this self-published rubbish. The only secret here is that the author could use a few creative writing classes if she wants to be taken seriously.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Teen Romance 12 May 2011
By Michelle Isenhoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Fitting in at a new school is tough, especially when your first new friend turns out to be your worst new enemy. Such is the case in Family Secrets, a contemporary romance for young adults written by Gail Jones.

After an unwanted move, Rachel's life is in enough turmoil. Then Emma, the schoolyard diva, turns on her after an imagined provocation. "Your family has a little secret and from what I've heard and seen it's one that you know nothing about," Emma spills in front of everyone. "Fourteen years ago, Michael Brook, your father, adopted a little girl, then moved away from the area to avoid publicity."

This callous announcement sends Rachel on a quest to learn her true identity, but her discovery nearly destroys her family.

Ms. Jones offers us a tightly-woven story, threaded with foreshadowing and colored with a few satisfying plot twists. I very much appreciated her smooth, seemingly effortless prose and a variety of creative word pictures. Consider the following clip: "All the brilliant colours of spring glowed around me and it didn't see right, how could they be so bright when my life was such a mess? Turning I ran my fingers down the rusty chain on the swing. Amongst all the new life of spring, this old swing was falling apart, just like my life." Beautiful.

From the first paragraph, Ms. Jones has our attention. We're drawn into Rachel's problems, into her world of makeup and texting and school. The plot moves logically. It's a little coincidental at times, but it works. And we're treated to a feel-good ending.

I had a difficulty swallowing the characterization, however. Rachel, while she's obviously going through an emotional crisis, completely overreacts at times, blaming her parents, her boyfriend, lashing out in an irrational manner that alienates her from me. I didn't feel such strong reactions were always warranted, and her heated arguments with her parents and with her boyfriend sometimes seemed long and repetitive.

Emma, the bully, is a little one-dimensional. I felt like I could predict her words and actions.

But Luke, ah, Luke is well-rounded and loveable. I was so surprised when this sporty, confident jock suddenly hangs his head and turns red. He's shy! And we find out he's not as perfect as we thought, which makes him perfectly endearing. He's flawed and compassionate, insecure, from a real family with real problems, with believable reactions and motives. I loved him.

Overall, I enjoyed Family Secrets and believe it would be a satisfying read for any girl ages thirteen and older.

I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Secrets 12 Sep 2011
By Karen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is so captivating, once I started reading I could not stop until I had read it.
I was enthralled with it from the first page right to the last
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read for teens and "teens at heart"! 16 Aug 2011
By Naomi H - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Enjoyed every word! About a girl discovering herself and learning a few life truths along the way.
Get this book if you like a tear jerker, a giggle and a little bit of lurve!!
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