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When Elizabeth Gunnar accepts a teaching position at the preparatory school she attended as a girl, she is returning to more than a place to memories, mysteries, and an old love. Once there she meets unexpected challenges, and challenging new people. She revisits ghosts of the past and old self-doubts. And through it all, God somehow takes four broken people and forms a new, complete family.

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Studio: Bethany House
Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2007
ISBN  0764200054  
ISBN13  9780764200052  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ann Tatlock is the author of the Christy Award-winning novel All the Way Home. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association "Book of the Year" in fiction for both All the Way Home and I'll Watch the Moon. Ann lives with her husband, Bob, and their daughter, Laura Jane, in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more at

Ann Tatlock currently resides in Minneapolis, in the state of Minnesota.

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--  Jun 14, 2009
Every Secret Thing
By Ann Tatlock
Review by Cheri Clay

After moving around, Beth Gunnar comes home to teach English at Seaton Preparatory School in Hockessin, Delaware--her old school where she graduated in 1977. Her parents have long retired to Asheville, North Carolina but actually Beth feels she's come home. Of course it brings back the old memories of times spent with her group the Barbarians and her favorite teacher, Mr. Dutton, who taught English. But it brings up bad memories too: like why did Mr. Dutton commit suicide in her senior year?

She reconnects with her best friend Natalie, who she's only stayed in touch with via email all these years. At Homecoming she reconnects with Ken and Ray, the other two members of the Barbarians. She begins to date Ray again, her steady boyfriend in high school, who is now divorced with three kids. She takes one of her students, Satchel Queen, a lover of books and loner like herself, under her wing and helps her to blossom, especially in writing just like Mr. Dutton did with her.

Beth has Ray tell her again the story of what he and Ken saw that April 1st night in 1977 when he and Ken found Mr. Dutton in his cabin after cutting his wrist. They knew he was dead but why had the school staged such a cover up as they told the students that Mr. Dutton had a heart attack and was still alive? Natalie accuses Beth of being obsessed and needs to let his death go and forget about it as the other three have done. But Beth can't let it go.

In this awesome tale, writer Ann Tatlock captures your heart and even your mind from the very first page. An unmistakable page-turner, you'll wonder too why Mr. Dutton committed suicide and why Satchel is so unhappy.
You'll find yourself drawn into and relating to Beth, especially if you feel invisible, a loner just as she does. See how God brings closure, happiness, and forgiveness in this timeless romantic suspense. Also included are reader discussions questions, which helps make this book perfect for book groups. A perfect read for teens and adults alike. Ann Tatlock is a remarkable writer! Don't just take this reviewer's word on it--even Publisher's Weekly named her as "one of Christian fiction's better wordsmiths." So if you want to curl up with a good book, I highly recommend Every Secret Thing.

A Captivating Story  May 8, 2009
A captivating story about characters you will love and pull for. Elizabeth Gunnar accepts a position as English teacher at a high school she attended. The place holds many memories, both good and bad and is where her favorite teacher, her English teacher, left in a mysterious situation. At the school's reunion she finds Ray, a love she hasn't forgotten. Elizabeth, Ray and her best girlfriend share a secret surrounding the departure of her English teacher, a secret Elizabeth wants explained but only the absent teacher can do that. Tatlock has written a beautiful story of old friendship, old love and new friendships that help Elizabeth to deal with the secret in their past. Great characterization. A good read.

One of Ann Tatlock's better books  Jun 15, 2008
June 14, 2008

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Elizabeth Gunnar and her classmates have been keeping a secret for years. During her stay at Seaton Preparatory School, she and some of her friends were witnesses to an event, and were told not to let anyone else know what had occurred. It involved their favorite teacher, Mr. Dutton, who was also their mentor and friend. It was because of him that Elizabeth sought out a career in teaching, and was now returning to the school to teach her own set of students.

Returning to the school and the town where she had lived brings back memories, including a young man she had a crush on back then, Ray. Ray is now divorced with two children and wants to renew his acquaintance with Elizabeth. But questions about that day long ago comes between the two, and she questions Ray about what he knows about that night. Ray refuses to relive those horrible events.

Elizabeth bonds with a new student of hers, Satchel Queen, a troubled young teen who shows great potential as a writer. Elizabeth takes Satchel under her wing, and tries to guide the young girl upon the right path. Things go along smoothly until one day Satchel's parents decide they want their troubled teen back.

I don't want to throw in any spoilers, but Mr. Dutton's story is a crucial part of both story lines. I enjoyed this story much more than I had her previous book. This one was a better written book, while the last one felt it was a tad too long (could have used a bit of editing). I do want to say that I recommend EVERY SECRET THING, for fans of Christian fiction and those who are new to it.
Wonderful book!  Jun 11, 2008
It was hard to put this book down! Ann Tatlock is a very talented writer.
The characters really come alive. I enjoyed the mysterious element in the story. It would make a wonderful movie! One of the best books I've read in a long time.
Every Secret Thing  May 27, 2008
I liked the book and the character development. The story line was somewhat predictable, but interesting. The story revolved around carrying a lifelong burden that is based on a misinterpretation of an youthful experience. It also dealt with how deeply young people can be influenced by adults in their lives, such as teachers.

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