Friday, April 22, 2022

The Secrets We Conceal Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

 This morning, I have a coming of age, women's fiction novel in our book review spotlight!  Check out The Secrets We Conceal, read my thoughts on the book, learn about author S.R. Fabrico & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

The Secrets We Conceal by S.R. Fabrico
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  300 pages
Genre: Coming of Age, Women's, Psychological and Family, Relationships Abuse/Child Abuse
Publisher:  S.R. Fabrico; Release date:  March 15, 2022
Tour dates: April 11 to April 29, 2022
Content Rating:  R. Maybe more PG-13 +M. There are 3 chapters of sexual abuse and approximately 5-10 total curse words.

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About the Book

A riveting coming of age story, that will make you laugh, cry and root for Laura to find happiness.  
Laura Shirk is a normal, happy, go-lucky, little girl playing with Cabbage Patch dolls and Legos. Until she isn’t. 
Set in the late 1980s-early 90s, a visit to her aunt and uncle’s house changes everything.  What follows is a nerve-racking story shedding light on child sexual abuse. As the tragedy unfolds, Laura mutters through life concealing her secret from everyone. Feeling alone and isolated, she struggles to navigate her younger years wondering if she can or will ever find happiness.

 Then, Laura meets ‘the perfect man’ for her. Can he heal her heart and break down her steel walls?
The Secrets We Conceal, S.R. Fabrico’s debut novel is a riveting coming of age story that beautifully conveys how love and strength can heal all wounds. 

My Review

The Secrets We Conceal Offers Readers an Emotional Journey. Child sexual abuse is never an easy, light subject to discuss. A coming of age, healing, and growing-after-trauma story is never an easy, soft subject to read about either. The author tackles both as she shares Laura's childhood story and her emotional life journey through healing and hope. The novel is tough to read at times--and guides readers through every emotion as the characters face the realities of the abuse and the long-term aftermath. 


The Realistic Storytelling Grips Readers from Beginning to End. The novel and the characters feel very real. The scenes and the relationships progress through ups and downs and an emotionally charged manner that never feels unreasonable or forced. From the very beginning, readers will be drawn to and moved by Laura's story--hoping for a happy ending and peace for her. The author doesn't offer any surprise plot twists, unrealistic instant relationships, or perfect moments of conclusion or closure. She gives a raw, honest, and hopeful novel that may not give readers the exact ending they want--but does give the finish that Laura's story needs.

Would I Recommend The Secrets We Conceal by S.R. Fabrico? The subject matter of this book and the realistic approach taken by the author make it one that may not be for every reader. It is a painful, complex story and one of strength, hope, and authenticity. The author tells a very visual, emotional story that is well worth the read. The Secrets We Conceal should be on your reading list if you enjoy coming-of-age novels that deal with darker, complex subjects and psychological healing.


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Meet the Author

Born and raised a Yankee who loves NY style pizza and Philly cheesesteaks. I was introduced to the amazing world of Southern BBQ after moving to Tennessee where I live with my husband and two children. My family is my main priority, everything I do is for them. I attended college in the 90’s and received a degree in mathematics with a minor in secondary education, I went on to coach cheerleading and dance for 20 years and won a Hip Hop Dance World Championship. Anything and everything creative are my absolute favorite, so writing has always been a hobby. When I’m writing, I like to wife hard, mom hard, paint, read good books and watch good movies.

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Win signed copy of THE SECRETS WE CONCEAL and $25 Visa Gift Card (one winner / USA only) (ends May 6)



  1. Sounds like a very captivating read, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Book Corner News for sharing your review! Have an awesome weekend!

  2. Thank you for sharing your excellent review of The Secrets We Conceal, this sounds like a must read for me