Saturday, January 29, 2011

Book Review: The Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy

I began reading a book last year about modern slavery. As I read, I thought of the thousands of people who are right now being held against their will and forced to all kinds of evil for their captors. My mind cannot even fathom what they must be suffering in order to simply survive.

I have now watched the movie "Taken" about four times. Even though it is an emotional experience, I think it has been good for me to see the reality of what is happening to others around the world. It causes me to cry out to God for the deliverance of innocent boys, girls, men and women who are going through hell on earth. (If you haven't seen this movie, I suggest that you do. You will be shocked, but perhaps shocked enough to do something about this worldwide problem.)

Rhythm of Secrets, The: A NovelThe book by Patti Lacy entitled The Rhythm of Secrets bravely tackles this issue of slavery and what one man is willing to do to rescue one of these victims. Although it is fiction, it is based on a true story, something I couldn't forget as I read.

The book begins with Sheila Franklin, a woman who grew up in New Orleans in the 1940's and became an orphan at the age of 13, an unwed mother just 5 years later. It is now 1969, and Sheila now lives in Chicago with her preacher husband. Her quiet world is shattered when she receives a visit from her son who she gave up for adoption so many years ago. Why is he coming to see her now? Does he truly want to know his mother, or does he have other motives for seeking her out?

This book had many twists and turns in it that kept my interest throughout. I felt many different emotions as I read Sheila's story. Her bravery and perseverance were quite amazing as well as inspiring. Mrs. Lacy writes with feeling and gives her characters the emotions necessary for the reader to empathize with their difficult situation. I saw some people I know in these characters.

The plot is based upon the true story of Sandy Sperrazza. You can read more about Sandy from the newspaper article on this blog.

Also, here is an interesting interview with the author, Patti Lacy.

The Rhythm of Secrets is truly a great read. I give it 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

(I received this book from LitFuse for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.)

1 comment:

Patti Lacy said...

Judylynn, thanks for a poignant review! I so enjoyed perusing your list of recommended books as there's some I'm not familiar with (Christless Christianity and Enemy Within) and some old friends (C.S. Lewis's books)

For a couple of years, I've been working through the Complete Works of Oswald Chambers, Bible in one hand, the massive tome in my other. Some days I only read a paragraph! Perhaps I'll finish before I get my promotion:)