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Publisher's Summary

When a young woman returns to North Carolina after a 30-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.

©2013 Barbara Davis (P)2018 Tantor

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Best book of the year

The Secrets She Carried had me spell-bound from the first page to the last. Typically, with dual generation stories, I am only drawn to the historical side and skim over the present day. Not so with this story. Leslie is just as intriguing as Adele . I listened on Audible. Great narrator.

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Great book!

This is my second Barbara Davis story. Both books were interesting throughout. I definitely recommend!

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Great Read

Well written and an easy read. A very compelling story, I highly recommend this selection.

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Excellent book

This was a great book. I finished it this afternoon and I am still thinking about it. The narrator was wonderful!

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Hands down the best book I have ever listened to

This book was amazing in every way. It kept my guessing throughout the whole thing, I could not put it down and did not want it to end. I listen to alot of books, I average one book about every 3/4 days so to say this is my favorite ever is saying alot. I don’t want to give anything away so I’m not going to say anything else. Just get this book, you won’t regret it!

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Unbearable narration

Why was this narrator ever hired???
Her pacing was that of a 10 year old, just reading the words, not a storyteller at all.
I didn’t make it past 10 minutes, though I tried.
Who knows how the story is, the narration made of seem trite

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calling of the heart!

Barbara Davis once again strikes with a beautiful story of woman's heart! If you enjoy stories from past untwined with today's day- this one is for you! It's a story of self discovery through once hidden past! I absolutely love Barbara Davis's books!

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This book will stay with you long after you've come to the end.

I listened to the audiobook. The voice of the narrator was perfect for the voices of the women living in tobacco country on a North Carolina plantation in the post depression South. The characters are fully developed human beings whose interactions through the generations are beautiful, loving, tragic, and ultimately the foundation on which four generations are bound and healed. It is a poignant story as much about race in the changing South as the family living during those changes. Resilience, love, sacrifice, facing the horrific moments of the past, with it's ultimate understanding, gratitude, and integration of four generations of Peak Plantation women make for a story impossible to put down. For two days I lived in this book unable to think of anything except the inhabitants of Peak Plantation.

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A book you should read and not listen to.

I really enjoyed the story but for the first time could not stand the narrator as Leslie. Her voice ended each sentence on an upswing that was very distracting. I think I would have enjoyed reading the book instead of listening to the narrators voice.

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Such a great book!

I listened to this book in 2 days! I couldn't stop. It was very cleverly written. A beautiful story of love and tragedy.