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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Secrets 16 Jan. 2004
By Angelique C. Henderson - Published on
Format: Paperback
The story revolves around Morgana Johnson-Wells, co-owner of an elegant gift shop, mother of two children, and wife to Washington, D.C.'s most celebrated African-American criminal attorney. Morgana is shaken to the core when her mother dies unexpectedly. Calling her husbands uptown apartment to share her grief, she receives another shock as a female answers the phone.
In turmoil over the loss of her mother and her husband's adultery, she heads home to Salvation, Georgia. With the help of her uncle, she put her mother's affairs in order. Packing away memories of the past, she stumbles onto her mother's diary, which brings to life secrets from the past. As Morgana reads the diary, her life is turned upside down. Soon Morgana must answer the same question her mother asked: Is her marriage worth fighting for?
I enjoyed the novel as a whole, but I did not think it was one of Rochelle's best works. The character of Morgana and especially her husband could have been developed more. At times moving between and present was a bit confusing. The ending was somewhat predictable and could have been developed more. I would recommend the book for the marvelously mature audience.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book! A must read! 28 July 2003
By Renee Spivey - Published on
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This was an excellent book! I hated to see it end. Ms. Alers has done it again. This was a very believable story and it makes you wonder what kind of "secrets never told" are in your family history. This book also makes you realize that no one, no situation is perfect, and that in the blink of an eye, your world can come crashing down. It also teaches you that you don't have to let situations dictate the rest of your life. Morgana could've bemoaned her fate, and let it affect her life in a negative manner, but she didn't. She grieved, she suffered, she grew, she forgave, and she moved on.
I highly recommend this book to current Rochelle Alers fans, and to those who have never read any of her work, pick up this book. It's a great read! Kudos Ms. Alers on another outstanding novel.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Can Long Time Secrets of Past Be a Blessing? 8 Sept. 2003
By Dera R Williams - Published on
Format: Paperback
Rochelle Alers continues her tradition of great storytelling with her venture into mainstream fiction in her offering, Secrets Never Told. Known for writing romance, her Hideaway series being the most prominent, she offers her readers a delightful novel.
In 1945 Salvation, Georgia, Randolph Johnson is a self-made wealthy young man, respected and powerful in his community. Yet he holds malice towards the "talented tenth" population of the town, most especially Edward Graham, who comes from generations of privilege and wealth. By hook and crook he manages to literally win the hand of Edward's daughter, Katherine, in marriage. He has won the prize and will now command the respect he is obsessed with having.
Fast forward to present day, Chevy Chase, Maryland where Randolph's daughter, Morgana Wells, receives a double blow when within minutes of being told by her beloved uncle Julian, that her mother, Katherine has suddenly died, she discovers that her husband of almost thirty years is having an affair. Devastated, she flees Maryland to go home to Salvation, to not only bury her mother, but perhaps also to lay her marriage to rest. The next few days, amidst making arrangements for the burial, she never lets on to her two adult children, Justin and Sandra, that she is considering leaving their father. Filled with bitterness she sends her husband back home telling him she needs time to settle her mother's affairs and to meditate on the fate of their marriage.
It is at the lake where Morgana goes for solitude that she encounters an attractive dread locked man, Erick, who is a photographer/artist in-residence in nearby Savannah. He wants to photograph and paint Morgana. A man who has his own baggage, he is just the breath of fresh air she needs to bring back the passion missing from her life. But it is in the attic of the mansion where she grew up that she finds a set of her mother's journals that will forever change her life. In these pages, Katherine recounts her young married life in Salvation and makes revelations that in a few days threaten everything that Morgana holds sacred.
Evenly paced, this novel explores issues that are commonplace in black literature; intra-racial prejudice, classicism in the black South and how mixed-blood, issues of self-worth and self-hate, sin and redemption are intrinsically intertwined with family tradition and long-kept secrets. Furthermore, Ms. Alers is able to give her characters a humanity that defies pointing fingers of blame for a disintegrating marriage, allowing internal examinations of both Morgana and Franklin. Readers are also treated to the imagery and flavor of the Low-Country area of Georgia, making this yet another fulfilling southern novel of which this reviewer has been consuming for the last few months. Ms. Alers continues her tradition of fine storytelling that will delight her fans.
Dera Williams
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A WORK OF ART 6 July 2005
By deenice - Published on
Format: Paperback
Once again, this was another page turner by Rochelle. This was a story well written and quite captivating. From the moment I started reading, I couldn't put the book down. What I found most interesting was Katherine's Journal. Also, the way the story ended kind of left somethings to the reader's imagination. Especially Uncle Julian's so called secret.

For a moment I was hoping for a sequel. I immediately changed my mind and felt that the book lived well up to it's title. End of story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I Loved This Book! 28 Sept. 2003
By "reachforadream" - Published on
Format: Paperback
I loved this story. Secrets Never Told is one of the most wonderful stories that I have ever read. It's filled with intriguing characters that are so real, they walk right off the page and into your heart. You can't forget them.
The plot flowed in a unique and exciting manner that kept me turning the pages. And then I was always greeted with a surprise or twist. Reading this outstanding novel is like watching a movie. You can't wait to see what happens next.
Morgana was an unforgettable heroine, as was her mother, Katherine. I feel like I know them both so well. Uncle Julian stole my heart, too, reminding me of one of my uncles. If you want to read a GOOD book, read this one by the super-talented, Rochelle Alers!
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