• Temple Secrets

  • By: Susan Gabriel
  • Narrated by: Holly Adams
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (385 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A town held together with secrets. A wealthy widow looking for an heir. One choice could shame high society into submission.  

Eighty-year-old Southern aristocrat Iris Temple's health may be failing, but her wit is as sharp as ever. Before she joins her ancestral ghosts, she must pick an heir to take over her sprawling estate—and the book of secrets that's kept her family in power for generations. But between her scheming son, her estranged daughter who abandoned Savannah years ago, and her illegitimate half sister, she's working with slim pickings.  

While only her half sister and cook have put up with her outlandish diet and constant bickering, she can't ignore the powerful hold her late father's 100-year-old mistress has over the two women. When someone leaks embarrassing snippets from the Temple family book, she half suspects the voodoo-practicing centenarian as the elites of Savannah teeter on the edge of revolt. With Iris fading fast, her ragtag bunch of potential heirs must reveal the leaker before the book's secrets tear the sleepy town apart.  

Temple Secrets is a hilarious women's fiction novel with a Southern gothic flair. If you like wisecracking humor, headstrong women, and twisty mysteries, then you'll love Susan Gabriel's compelling tale of an unconventional inheritance. 

©2015 Susan Gabriel (P)2015 Susan Gabriel

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Southern Fiction at its Finest

This novel had me in its grasp from the very beginning to the very end. The characters came alive and almost felt like my own family. I was not always sure where the story was heading, and that made for an exciting read - never a dull moment. Anyone who likes Southern charm, quirky relatives, and a bit of the supernatural will love this book.

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Good story but needed an editor!

The idea for this story was quite clever but goodness it droned on and on. An editor could have made this book great!

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The story is good, although told a bit melodramatic...

I wish I read it instead of listened to it. The reader was too melodramatic at times...

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I was transported to beautiful Savannah.

Loved every minute. I felt like I was in Savannah. The narrator was very descriptive and use her voice to enhance every detail.

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awesome

love it so far not finished yet but all of susan gabriel's books are great

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An Entertaining

The story was good but understand it gives credit to engaging in the spirit world of ghosts & voodoo-like spells. The story moved forward at a continuous pace making me eager for each of my listening sessions. I found it amusing when the narrator would periodically/ randomly (various characters) switch to a perfect Dixie Carter ( Designing Women sitcom) accent. Each time the narrator randomly switched accents it seemed as if she was trying to become the Julia Sugarbaker character so famously noted for her unique way of speaking on the sitcom. Overall I enjoyed the narration and the story. I will read the next book by this author.

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Savannah Old Secrets...A Roaring Good Time!

I loved this book. It was entertaining with great characters. Secrets abound. I couldn't wait to turn the page!

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Savannah secrets?

I wasn't sure about this book when I started it... However, by the time I was finished with it I fell in love with most of the characters (hssss for a couple... Hsss is what the Shakespearean audience used to do when the villain walked in!). and the story line...

I loved the interaction between the characters and the twist and turns! I am looking forward to getting the sequel!

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Temple Secrets

Found this book to be entertaining but not especially good hoping the next in the series will be better.

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A must read!

Loved the book, characters and narration! Savannah is one of my favorite places to visit and I could envision the scenery all through the book.