• The Secret Pond

  • By: Gerri Hill
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,126 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Grieving over the loss of her family and feeling like her life is unraveling, Lindsey McDermott quits her job, gets a puppy, and retreats to her grandparents' home in the Texas Hill Country. She spends her solitary days walking childhood trails and reminiscing, trying to reconcile the conflict within her as she struggles with survivor's guilt.

After the death of her husband, Hannah Larson needs a change. At the suggestion of her mother-in-law - and against her better judgment - she and her son Jack move to tiny Utopia and into her husband's grandmother's house.

When Jack and Lindsey form an unlikely friendship, Hannah reluctantly joins them and the three spend the summer swimming and healing as laughter eventually replaces tears. After Jack goes back to school, Hannah assumes their summer fun is over. Instead, Lindsey continues to come around and now - as they find themselves alone - Hannah realizes just how close they've become. Soon, she finds herself struggling with her feelings as their friendship threatens to shift into something much deeper...something she fears she won't be able to fight. Something she fears she won't want to fight.

A story of grief and healing...a story of love.

©2017 Gerri Hill (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Wonderful, loved it

I usually don't complete reviews however this was a wonderful book. Sometimes you read or listen as I did to a book and want it to finally end, and sometimes in this case you want it to go on. Great story line, great characters, overall a joy to listen to. Had me laugh, and cry. I have enjoyed the authors books for past few years and look forward to more. Highly recommend.

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Loved the book!

The story was sweet and you are captivated from the beginning. The boy in the book is adorable. I love the narrator Abby Craden. She makes you feel the emotions the author is trying to portray. I found myself not wanting it to finish.

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Perfect breasts!

If you’ve read the book, you’ll get the title. ;) This was honestly just an enjoyable book. Great story. Great chemistry. Wasn’t too quick or too slow. Not overly dramatic. Honestly, Abby Craden could read the ingredients off of a cereal box and I’d listen, so it was especially nice listening to her read a Gerri Hill book. Definitely recommend!

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Great Lesbian Love Story!

Loss and Finding Love. Coming out of grief. A good story and sensuality! I will definitely download more from the author, Hill and narrator, Craden.

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Never Disappointed

Gerri Hill never disappoints!!! Such a great story, like a Hallmark movie for lesbians. The characters were charming and unforgettable. The emotion delivered (Great job Abby Carden!) in each sentence was touching. The characters personalities were humbling and refreshing. Keep up the excellent work Gerri Hill, and thank you for sharing your gift with us.

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great listen

What an awesome book. Love Gerri Hill and Abby Crayden as always was the best.

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Excellent

Excellent book. Grief is hard to to put in words, but the author does a good job in the storyline. I love how Jack and Lindsay tentatively share their story and the connect. I wanted to book the keep going. Abby Craden is my favorite of all time narrator! Only problem with Gerri Hill is she doesn’t come out the books fast enough!

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Gerri Hill at her best with a different type of romance

Now, that’s what I call an interesting plot. She does it again. I love the depth of the characters and the way she deals with the characters’ conflict.
Quite recommendable if you are looking for a change in lesbian romance.

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Awesome Love Story

LOVED IT! I could not put it down. The narrator was spectacular as always. It was sweet

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There MUST be a sequel!?

Gerri Hill gives us a wonderful story of loss and recovery that is marred by an ending as abrupt as an unexpected stair. The lack of a satisfactory climax to one of the principal conflicts in the narrative leaves me hoping that a sequel is forthcoming. Like, soon!

There are a couple of flawed edits in the recording, but Abby Craden's usual superlative performance maintains Ms. Craden in her position at the top of my Audible pantheon.

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  • Drienie Mayo
  • 01-11-18

Surprise!

I was surprise when listening to this book it became apparent that it is “Gay Fiction” I finished it and thought it was sweet for what it was but not really what I was expecting. Very descriptive with sex scene’s so not for someone looking for Heterosexual romance fiction but definitely for someone wanting to experience something alternative.

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  • angela cooper
  • 07-24-22

Gentle, moving, character driven love story

Loved this romance, the believable back stories, the slow falling in love.Against the backdrop of a long hot summer spent in wild countryside,on the river and pond.
Straight woman with son,meets lesbian, both overcoming great loss.
Didn’t want it to end, as I really liked the two main characters, healing emotional wounds, finding each other.
It’s also about overcoming grief and loss. The other main character is a nine year old boy, son of one, who plays a pivotal role in the story.
It’s all quite moving, and fun and a slow burn, you’ll enjoy if you like a gentle , character driven love story.
Very well read by Abbi Craden, best lesfic narrator, imho.

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  • Meg
  • 12-13-21

Secrets.

Loved the book and the narration it brought the written words to life for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-21

Moving but with enough light relieve

I enjoyed how the book dealt with grieve through out, good relationships between characters. All characters were likeable and I really appreciate that the story wasn't moved forward based on miscommunication

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  • Rosemary Roberts
  • 09-06-22

A tricky storyline, sensitively told

This could have been a difficult subject but it was addressed with sensitivity. I enjoyed it.
The characters were good, rounded and some were flawed and exasperating but all were narrated with skill, making it clear who was talking. I started and finished it on a single day. Unputdownable!

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  • DPainter
  • 09-05-22

Total perfection

Good god this is good 😁 Lovely storyline with all the right elements - cabins, birds, fishing, 'fanny floaters' (😳), sweet heartbroken people finding comfort in each other, sad bits, happy bits, hot as hell bits... it's all there. Gerri Hill how I love thee. And Abby Craden ain't bad either 😉

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  • A. McGillicuddy
  • 03-21-22

Beautiful

I read this book previously and Abby Craden just brought it to life with her amazing voice. It's one of my favourite WLW books and I'm so glad I got to enjoy it through a new lens.

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  • Janet Jones
  • 03-28-21

Good...

romance story even when it turned into a gay romance. The narrator was very good.

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  • Dunston Patterson
  • 09-27-20

Moving romance

Very touching story of two lost, damaged souls finding each other. Soulful with a little erotica. Great stuff

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  • Sylvia Weafer
  • 09-19-19

loved it , loved it , loved it.

feel good book , couldn't stop listening to it.
love it ,love it , love it 💖💖💖

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-13-22

Brilliant

Read it once and have listened to it a few times now. Always a pleasure to listen to anything narrated by Abby Craden - especially her lesbian romances. She has such a way with voicing the different characters and her voice is just golden.
Gerri Hill books are always full of rich stories and depth-filled characters, only issue I take with some of them is that the end comes just as the character get together, but I can't even complain about that with this one!
A great book overall! Recommended

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  • Nathalie
  • 01-27-21

Endearing

I wasn't expecting the relationship between the boy and one of the MCs, but it really added quite a lot of depth to the story and was super endearing. I found myself really enjoying the development of that bond, it was well written and superbly acted by Abby. A great segue into the ensuing relationship between the two women. Also loved the level of detail in describing the landscape, Gerri has a wonderful eye for detail that really contributes to the atmosphere. Wonderful!

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  • Kellie Davis
  • 07-14-20

Page Turner

Absolutely couldn’t put it down. Loved it. If Abby Craden is reading, I’m a listening. Gerri Hill always writes a lovely story
Highly recommend
The characters were lovely too

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-23-20

Beautiful love story

Im currently on a Gerri Hill and Abby Craden binge. This story was beautifully written. Two seperate tragedies and two people not really looking for love but finding it in the most beautiful environment.

Gerri hill has an amazing gift when it comes to angst. In this particular story I wasn't sure I was going to buy into the Hannah's background. I thought that it would be impossible for me to believe that her son Jack would accept her being in a same sex relationship. But I was pleasantly surprised with how Gerri Hill steered the story organically into that romantic direction. When the two finally got together and realised what it would mean for Jack, I felt torn as well and was on edge wondering how the story would resolve itself. I loved the character development of Lindsey who wasn't interested in making any friends or connections but found a unique affinity with Jack. The romantic relationship that evolved afterwards was refreshing and believable.

As with most Gerri hill novels Im always left wanting more. I would love to have had more of Hannah, Jack and Lindsey being together as a family. These epilogues are not enough for me. :)

Abby Craden is a flawless narrator and I will continue to devour all of her performances!

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  • Anne Duncan
  • 06-24-18

Compelling read

Couldn’t stop listening! I was drawn completely into their world. Highly recommended for all romantics

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  • Amy
  • 02-20-18

just lovely

this was another wonderful story by geri hill. i always like her characters and the way she builds the story is always a delight. abby craden has again made it feel like i was right there with them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-18

A pleasant read that wasn't formula so great.

A pleasant story that didn't follow the regular formula so it was quite refreshing. Mostly realistic character portrayal.

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