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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,249 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kristen Heitzmann Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Michelli Family Series Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781436142885
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Adored for her sweeping Rocky Mountain Legacy series, Kristen Heitzmann inspires countless fans with her tales of Christian faith and romance. Secrets combines both.

Lance Michelli is on a quest to discover the secrets his grandmother cannot tell. What happened all those years ago, and what is it she so desperately needs him to find? The old villa in Sonoma holds the answers, but it is now owned by a young woman who neither knows nor cares about his mission. But Rese Barret is a force to contend with, and her own impending storm could sweep him up as their sparring creates a fierce and uncomfortable attraction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fast-paced and complex love story, enhanced by a riveting mystery. Lance is a keeper as a hero.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • Winner of the 2005 Christy Award for Romance
  • Winner of the Foreword Magazine Best Book

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dona | 2/16/2014

    " It was okay. I felt like it dragged on and didn't have enough action to support its length. Don't think I'll be reading the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marika | 2/3/2014

    " I loved this book!!! I couldn't put it down, so I finished it is 3 days. I loved the details, the the food, and everything. One thing I did find was that the ending was a bit slow, but other then that it is a MUST READ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/29/2014

    " This book instantly caught my attention and I loved how she wove the past and the present together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Auntie Soni | 1/29/2014

    " I have read all of Kristen's books, but this was the first one. I find her to be an interesting writer, although she goes over the spiritual/supernatural lines sometimes for me. This series is really an extension of the Diamond of the Rockies series. I appreciate her writing, and that I can expect clean language and behaviors from her characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Anderson | 1/10/2014

    " This book was amazing. i truly loved it! Rese and lance are amazing!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/5/2014

    " The third book in the series and it continues the same suspense and romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trudy E | 1/5/2014

    " Lance Michelli is on a mission. His grandmother, Antonia, has had a stroke, leaving her barely able to communicate. She sends him to Italy to find a cousin and he goes from there to the vineyards of California on a family quest. He doesn't know what he is looking for, but as he appears at his grandmother's childhood home he finds a job opportunity to work for the new owner as he scouts around for a clue about what his grandmother needs him to find or do. Rese Barrett is a renovator. Her goal in restoring the villa is to open a bed and breakfast and get out of the construction work she has known all her life. Both carry unresolved hurt from their pasts that cloud their vision of each other. More than a love story, the characters are deep and diverse. Well written and could hardly put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/4/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! It was the right kind of book for my state of mind this week. I've read others' reviews where they criticize the author for her use of faith and scripture quotes, but I found it not only to be refreshing in this politically correct world but handled in a believable manner. Yes, there are Catholic men who value their faith and aren't afraid to practice it. I enjoyed the unfolding mystery and the characters. I'll definitely be reading more by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aubrey | 1/2/2014

    " Really enjoyable! Lance is super cute! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bunni | 12/24/2013

    " Fun book :-) Lance travels to find secrets that his Granma wants hiim to clear up for her... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maritza | 12/12/2013

    " Could not put it down! Can't wait for the next installment "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charissa Barnes haines | 10/17/2013

    " Was pleasantly surprised this book had the gospel presented. It had a great story line and the characters were developed nicely. Highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita Estes | 10/3/2013

    " Great book! Loved the characters and her writing. So much better than Water for Elephants, and an interesting romance, but not too sweet. Loved the plot line, the references to Italy and the secret. Only thing, wish it wasn't have a sequel and that it was all tied up at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 10/2/2013

    " book 1 of a series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacque | 8/13/2013

    " Well developed story with many interesting characters. One of the best books I've read in a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne Testa | 7/7/2013

    " This wasn't a bad story, it just was an extremely slow pace to unravel the mystery of Lance's grandmother. Not for everyone since it is heavy on religion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/11/2013

    " Every family has secrets. What are yours and what would you do to uncover them? Would you want to uncover them? It was a great book to listen to and I was very glad I checked out the sequel when I checked out the first book. I went immediately from one book to the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/3/2013

    " I enjoyed this one enough that I picked up the other two books in the trilogy and read them over the weekend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 12/29/2012

    " 2nd time I've read this series and I got more out of it this time. excellent book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cary | 8/11/2012

    " This was a nice chance to step out of the regency ear and enjoy something contemporary. This won a Christy Award in 2006 so it is clean. I liked exploring the character' s personalities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Brewer | 8/3/2012

    " it certainly pulls you in. I struggled with putting it down the whole time. while there is some resolution at the end I still feel like I was left hanging. I know this is a trilogy, but feel that a little more closure on things at the end would have been better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/23/2011

    " Beautiful writing and believable characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 10/28/2011

    " I liked it but didn't LOVE it. The characters were interesting and unique and I enjoyed the bit of mystery in the storyline. It was a bit predictable though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 9/22/2011

    " I truly enjoyed this book as well as the others in the series. I liked the characters and the way they fought to overcome the issues from their pasts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridgie | 8/23/2011

    " Can't wait to read the next book in this series! Especially loved it because the man could cook and he was Catholic, and a good-lookin' Italian! Although I must say.....reading the cooking scenes made me really hungry for some of his food. Too bad he doesn't exist. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 9/21/2010

    " Enjoyed the continuation of <Secrets>, however I felt that this one dragged a bit through the middle, and seemed to take too long to get moving. But I was happily surprised by the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 7/24/2010

    " I didn't like this one as well as the first one. I will read the third, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 6/8/2010

    " The sequel to Secrets. I did not predict the turns the book would take. I really liked it until I got to the ending. Seriously...couldn't you write any better than that? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 5/16/2010

    " The sequel to "Secrets" was even better than "Secrets." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 4/6/2010

    " Read the complete series. What a wonderful story of an Italian family over 100 yrs. Beautifully written! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Connie | 1/18/2010

    " Not good for me. I found I was skimming a lot. Took forever to get to anything interesting. Hate that Rese and Lance are always on the verge of breaking up and Lance has to continually grovel. I liked him better when he wasn't so wimpy. I probably won't continute the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aubrey | 8/24/2009

    " not as good as the first but still good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cary | 7/18/2009

    " Since I had read the first one, I read this sequel. It started out consistent but sort of fell out of whack and continued to an end with a screeching halt and no real pay off for the reader! I wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley | 6/15/2009

    " I enjoyed this book, the second in its series. But I did enjoy Secrets (the first book) better. I still plan to read Echos, the third book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jannette | 6/9/2009

    " This was an excellant book didn't want to put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyndi | 5/20/2009

    " This I didnt find to be as good as the last, Secrets. But I enjoyed it enough that I still plan on reading the 3rd one in this series. She really is a great author, and I so far have not found one tbook from her that I have not liked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenifer | 4/16/2009

    " My sister says it's the sign of a good writer that can take an amazingly unbelievable story and make you believe it. It felt realistic while I was reading it. Quite long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathi | 4/8/2009

    " I can't seem to put this book down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 3/1/2009

    " Not as enthralling as the first one this is a solid sequel. It happens shortly after the last one ended which gives it validity. I did not see the end coming and though it seemed foreign it made sense and I appreciated it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 2/3/2009

    " Hmmm - Not my absolute favorite of hers, but still kept me turning pages. It gets a little out there for me during the last quarter of the book; however, I still enjoyed the story and the characters for the most part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 8/18/2008

    " I liked this book but i hated the ending. im glad there was a 3rd book. "

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About the Author
Author Kristen Heitzmann

Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of many novels, including The Edge of Recall and the Christy Award winner Secrets. An artist and music minister, she lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and their family.

About the Narrator

Katherine Kellgren has appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt. Her work includes the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie and appearances on Comedy Central. She is an Audie Award and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator of audiobooks and has also received the Peabody Award.