The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox ~ Book Review

October 7, 2021


About the Book 

Author: Amanda Cox
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: September 7, 2021

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.

1965. 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.

My Thoughts 

Last year I read the debut story Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox and I completely fell in love with this author. I could not wait to read more from her. I must say that she did not disappoint. This story was so captivating and on the topic of mother-daughter relationships that I personally have not read too much in fiction about. Put all that in a dual time line story and I am completely hooked. Mrs. Cox has a great ability to pull you into a story and putting layers into her characters that make them so believable and relatable. 

This story has three different characters each with their own hurts and secrets. As they unravel you begin to see how everything is connected and if they would've just sat down and talked to each other and been honest things may have gone a bit smoother but God has us learn from our choices and I believe that these women definitely not only learned things about themselves but about their love for each other as family. 

I can't tell you too much because I am afraid I would ruin the story for you but know that you will fall in love with Glory Ann, Sarah and Rosemary. You will not want to put the book down as you journey in their lives. Oh, if you are wondering if there is romance in this story... there is and although subtle it was sweet. It was definitely the right amount and came at the right moment. 

Overall I thought Amanda Cox did an excellent job and I cannot wait to see what she writes next! 

My Rating: 4 Stars/Absolutely enjoyed it!!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Amanda Cox is a blogger and a curriculum developer for a national nonprofit youth leadership organization, but her first love is communicating through story. She holds a bachelor's degree in Bible and theology and a master's degree in professional counseling. Her studies and her interactions with hurting families over a decade have allowed her to create multidimensional characters that connect emotionally with readers. Find her at:

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