A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Friday, April 13, 2018

FLASHBACK FRIDAY- Secret Sister by Emelle Gamble- Feature and Review


What if everything about you changed in an instant...
Nick & Cathy and Roxanne. Two best friends. One husband. An extraordinary twist of fate.

How much do you really know about your husband? Your best friend? Yourself? Cathy Chance knows she loves her husband, Nick, with the same passion she had when she married him seven years ago, and he adores her. She also knows that she and her best friend, Roxanne, are closer than most sisters. But on a sunny summer day, these three are hurled into an astounding new reality which forces each to reconsider everything they thought was true about themselves, and one another.



Secret SisterSecret Sister by Emelle Gamble
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Secret Sister by Emelle Gamble is a 2013 Soulmate publication.

Roxanne and Cathy have been best friends since childhood. They are so close they really are more like sisters. Although, her husband had some issues with alcohol in the past, Cathy and Nick have a very solid marriage. But, Nick's sister, Zoe is still working on her issues, trying to stay clean.

Roxanne may be a stunning beauty, but she has suffered from dark bouts of depression and is very troubled, which is something she has not shared with Cathy.

But, when tragedy strikes, Cathy, Nick, Zoe, Roxanne, and all their extended friends and family are completely thrown off course.

But, as the story progressed, it becomes clear that while all the characters have their flaws, some more than others, everything comes down to Cathy, who finds herself in an impossible predicament. She will have to convince her husband to believe in the impossible, something completely unimaginable.

How will she ever get Nick to believe her?

Nick will also face the biggest challenge of his life, as he is forced to dig deep, very, very deep into himself to believe in something that just isn't possible. As he struggles to hold onto his marriage, his emotions run the gamut from utter despair and anger to shock and disbelief, to acceptance and surrender. Watching his transformation is simply amazing!!

There are many stories that touch on inner beauty, loving someone for what is beneath the surface, of taking a leap of faith. But, this story puts a fresh and unique spin on a classic love story. I was completely caught up in this intense and emotional tale, experiencing all the emotions each character felt along the way. I loved the imagination behind the setup, and how, despite many challenges and setbacks, at the end of the day, love, with the help of faith and trust, does indeed conquer all.

This is a terrific and touching love story that will appeal to fans of contemporary fiction, as well as those who enjoy paranormal elements mixed in with their romance.






Always intrigued by the words ‘what if’, Emelle’s books feature an ordinary woman confronted with an extraordinary situation. She most enjoys reading stories that surprise and amaze her, and hopes her readers will enjoy the challenging and exciting journeys her characters take.

Emelle lives in suburban Washington D.C. with her husband, Phil, her hero of thirty years, and two orange cats, Lucy and Bella. Her daughter, Olivia, and son, Allen, are happily launched on their own and contributing great things to society, which has always been their mother’s fondest wish.

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