Book Review, Contemporary, Historical

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery

by Amanda Cox

About the book

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.

  1. 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.

I really enjoyed this story.
This is one of those stories that you really, REALLY don’t want to stop reading.
And yet, as I sat down to put my thoughts into words, I found it hard to really articulate well what I appreciated about this book.
This is a story spanning numerous generations.
Glory Ann. Rosemary. Sarah. Each one of them keeping secrets. Each determined to protect their family members, and only give their best.
And yet, as some of these long-buried secrets come to life, there is renewal and restitution in their relationships, as never before.
This is a story of mothers and daughters. Of self-acceptance, forgiveness, and lots more.
I loved the setting. A beautiful old depot-turned grocery store. There’s just something about those old-timey stores…not very many are left, but they are so incredibly fascinating.
This story is one I could sit for hours and try to tell you what is about, and yet, not reach the end of it.
Amanda Cox has given us a beautiful story that is well worth reading, and perhaps, rereading.
Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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