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The Secret of Everything

By Barbara O'Neal

The Secret of Everything
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2010,
    400 pages.

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  • Cam G. (Murrells Inlet, SC)

    The Secret of Everything
    Tess Harper, an adventure tour guide, sets out to Las Ladronas in New Mexico, ostensibly to research prospective guided tours in that area, but in actuality ends up searching for her own true identity.

    This book is an easy read and enjoyable due to the likable characters and the recipes that are included at the end of some of the chapters; however, it is just that: an easy uncomplicated read.
  • Jennifer F. (Tucson, AZ)

    Too much information
    This book is a quick and enjoyable read, but I had the sense that the author was trying to fit too much into the story and the constant flashbacks were distracting.
    The story is interesting but all over the place.
    This would probably be a good beach or airplane book, but overall seemed scattered and the recipes seemed out of place.
  • Carol Rosen, LCSW (pompton lakes, NJ)

    Secret or not, we all have a past
    Basically a love story with good characterization within a plot that keeps your interest and has you wondering what will unfold next. Tessa is recovering from injuries both physical and emotional. As she searches for happiness and meets new people in her life she also has to confront her past. A read that is easy to follow, moves at a somewhat slow pace but keeps you guessing and wanting to read on to the end.
  • Sherrill B. (Columbia City, In.)

    the secret of everything
    This book was an easy read.It contained mystery, adventure and believable characters and plot. I enjoyed it. However, the explicit sex scenes didn't add anything to the book. This could be toned down quite a bit.and still sound like love.
  • Joan P. (Owego, NY)

    The Secret of Everything
    This book wasn't a satisfying read. There is a good story here but too many bells and whistles.The main characters, Tessa and Vince, are well developed but many of the minor characters are one dimensional. There are mysteries, dog stories, hippies, communes, accidental deaths, murders, spousal abuse, hot sex and suicide. Add to the list recipes. There are "secrets" but mostly "everything". The conclusion was trite and tried too hard to tie up all the loose ends.
  • Mary Lou F. (Naples, FL)

    The Secret of Everything
    This book is very well written and keeps the reader wanting to read on but hating to see it end. The use of recipes at the end of each chapter is interesting and useful to "foodies". Would recommend to anyone who would like a good read.
  • Kathleen S. (Danbury, CT)

    Enjoyable, but ...
    I found this book interesting, however would have liked it even more if all of the story lines had been fully developed. There were several instances where a character had a thought or idea at the end of a chapter that implied further investigation, and then the issue never came up again. A fairly quick read.
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