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When a young woman returns to North Carolina after a 30-year absence, she finds that the once grand tobacco plantation she called home holds more secrets than she ever imagined.  

Though Peak Plantation has been in her family for generations, Leslie Nichols can't wait to rid herself of the farm left to her by her estranged grandmother Maggie - and with it the disturbing memories of her mother's death, her father's disgrace, and her unhappy childhood. But Leslie isn't the only one with a claim to Peak.

Jay Davenport, Peak's reclusive caretaker, has his own reasons for holding onto the land bequeathed to him by Leslie's grandmother. Before she died, Maggie hinted at a terrible secret surrounding Adele Laveau, a lady's maid who came to Peak during the 1930s and died under mysterious circumstances. Jay is haunted by Maggie's story, yet the truth eludes him - until Leslie uncovers a cryptically marked grave on the property.

As they delve into the mystery of Adele's death, Leslie and Jay discover shocking secrets that extend deep into the roots of Leslie's family tree - secrets that have the power to alter her life forever.

©2013 Barbara Davis (P)2018 Tantor

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Best book of the year

The Secrets She Carried had me spell-bound from the first page to the last. Typically, with dual generation stories, I am only drawn to the historical side and skim over the present day. Not so with this story. Leslie is just as intriguing as Adele . I listened on Audible. Great narrator.

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  • Joanne Tailele
  • MARCO ISLAND, FLORIDA, US
  • 10-08-18

Best book of the year

The Secrets She Carried had me spell-bound from the first page to the last. Typically, with dual generation stories, I am only drawn to the historical side and skim over the present day. Not so with this story. Leslie is just as intriguing as Adele . I listened on Audible. Great narrator.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Joanne Tailele
  • MARCO ISLAND, FLORIDA, US
  • 10-08-18

Best book of the year

The Secrets She Carried had me spell-bound from the first page to the last. Typically, with dual generation stories, I am only drawn to the historical side and skim over the present day. Not so with this story. Leslie is just as intriguing as Adele . I listened on Audible. Great narrator.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful