A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Friday, October 24, 2014



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A single secret begets a layer of lies.
Anna Nesmith believes she has it all--a great marriage, a dream job and a home of her own. When a State Department investigator begins asking questions, Anna’s ordered world implodes. Frank Caburn is man to the bone and manufactures testosterone like Frito Lay does chips. Instantly attracted to Anna, he is determined to make her his own--if only can pick through the emotional rubble to find her bruised heart can love once again


No Perfect SecretNo Perfect Secret by Jackie Weger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No Perfect Secret by Jackie Weger is a 2014 independent publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a deeply absorbing portrayal of a woman, Anna Nesmith who discovers her husband, Kevin, has betrayed her in multiple ways. This book will have you thinking twice about taking anything or anyone at face value. But, one deceitful person shouldn't have everlasting control over your life and you should never give them that power. Anna's journey is touching, and left me feeling warm all over and with a smile on my face.

When Anna learns her husband has been living a double life, his work in the state department makes things even more difficult. When Frank Caburn is assigned to look into this very delicate matter, he never expects to encounter Anna, a strong, beautiful woman trapped in a horrible marriage and about to discover it was all a big lie. Needing to tread carefully, Frank informs Anna a little at a time about her husband's activities. But, this not the only issue. Anna literally has the “mother-in-law from hell”, and then some. Good Lord! Even after all that has been heaped on Anna, she begins to slowly comes back to life finding herself feeling free and ready to shed all the terrible years she spent married to a creep and chained to her mother-in-law's will.
Anna could very well have folded , could have decided all men were like Kevin, could have allowed her anger to turn to bitterness. However, instead she finds Frank is the kind of man she was looking for all along. Frank was absolutely dreamy, just my kind of guy! A confident, attractive man with a good open heart who is willing to go all in to keep Anna safe, happy, and give her the chance of having the family she has always wanted.

This is truly an uplifting story and while the drama is heavy, there are poignant, grab the tissues, moments where Anna thinks of her mother and the support she would have offered. But, this story is not without the trademark Weger humor many of you are familiar with. The secondary characters give the story a lighter tone when it was needed and I especially liked Frank's work partner, Helen.
The story is devoid of immature angst and self absorption and shows how love can and should grow on an emotional level, giving the sensual aspects of the romance more meaning. I really wish there were more stories written like this one.

5 stars!

Buy it now on Amazon.com


An award-winning author, Jackie Weger has been writing romance novels off and on for thirty years. When she's writing, she's anchored in a tiny room with a desk, a chair and a cat. When not writing, blogging or chatting with fans, she's traipsing around the Internet searching for recipes, but much prefers to travel the good earth by foot, bus, canoe, sloop, mule, train, plane or pickup--and let somebody else do the cooking.
Jackie's most popular book to date is The House on Persimmon Road. By popular demand The House on Persimmon Road is now available in paperback.
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  1. Great review, Julie. As one of the members of eNovel Authors at Work I can attest to Jackie's unwavering dedication to, and spot-on advice for, indie authors. And I've seen the end of that snake gun! (well, the virtual end. I'll avoid the real thing).

  2. An excellent review. I have No Perfect Secret on my Kindle already and it has just moved up the tbr list to number one spot.
    Like Julie above I'm also a member of eNovel Autors at Work and have had that infamous snake gun pointed in my direction, too - but always for my own good! She does so much for indie authors.

  3. I'm reading NO PERFECT SECRET now. Entertaining, absorbing, delightful!

    1. Wonderful Lorrie!! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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