Book Review: The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery
Present Day. After tragedy plunges her into grief and unresolved anger, Sarah Ashby returns to her childhood home determined to finally follow her long-denied dream of running Old Depot Grocery alongside her mother and grandmother. But when she arrives, her mother, Rosemary, announces to her that the store is closing. Sarah and her grandmother, Glory Ann, make a pact to save the store, but Rosemary has worked her entire life to make sure her daughter never follows in her footsteps. She has her reasons--but she'll certainly never reveal the real one.
1965. Glory Ann confesses to her family that she's pregnant with her deceased fiancé's baby. Pressured into a marriage of convenience with a shopkeeper to preserve the family reputation, Glory Ann vows never to love again. But some promises are not as easily kept as she imagined.
This dual-timeline story from Amanda Cox deftly explores the complexity of a mother-daughter dynamic, the way the secrets we keep shape our lives and the lives of others, and the healing power of telling the truth.
This is a sweet read. I liked the past and the present flowing together. Although, I have to admit that I was drawn more to the past and Glory Ann. Her story really did resonate with me and her voice was the loudest. I feel like her story is the glue that bonded all three women together.
Yet, my next favorite is Rosemary. This is because she was featured in the past as a prominent character as well. Therefore, I grew close to her too. However, Sarah is commended for the fact that she was right there with her grandmother in not wanting to sell Old Depot Grocery. Overall, this is a lovely story with a happy ending.