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.
The Secret Keepers of the Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox is another heart tugging story! These characters have won over my heart. I fell in love with them all. The tale was heartbreaking, engaging, and realistic. The grocery store itself was based on a real grocery store once owned by the writer’s family. I thought it woven beautifully. Hearing about the inspiration for this novel made me appreciate the tale even more so. Loss, grief, love, and hope are the central themes readers will discover. The pages are entertaining and flew by fast. This is a deep story. It did take more time to read. But once I started, it was worth every page! History and family come alive in this novel.