Rachel's Secret by Shelly SandersRachel's Secret by Shelly Sanders

Rachel's Secret

byShelly Sanders

Perfect | April 16, 2012

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Rachel is a Jew living in Kishinev, Russia. At fourteen, Rachel knows that she wants more from life than the traditional role of wife and mother. She has dreams of being a writer. But everything is put on hold when a young Christian man is murdered and Rachel is forced to keep the murderer's identity a secret. Tensions mount as the Christians' distrust of the Jews is fueled by prejudice and rumour. While Rachel keeps the truth to herself, she watches as lies and anti-Jewish propaganda leap off the pages of the local newspaper, inciting Christians to riot against the Jews. Violence breaks out on Easter Sunday, 1903, and when it finally ends, Rachel finds that the person she loves most is dead and that her home has been destroyed. As she struggles to survive the aftermath of the riots, support comes from someone totally unexpected, when a young Christian named Sergei turns against his father, a police officer complicit in the riots, to help Rachel. With everything against them, the two young people find comfort in the bond that is growing between them, one of the few signs of goodness and hope in a time of chaos and violence.
Shelly Sanders has worked as a freelance writer for almost 20 years. Topics she’s covered include mental and physical disorders, environmentally friendly design, and real estate trends. With an honours degree in English and a degree in journalism, she is now working on a certificate in creative writing. Shelly lives in Toronto with her...
Title:Rachel's SecretFormat:PerfectDimensions:256 pages, 8.29 × 5.5 × 0.57 inPublished:April 16, 2012Publisher:Second Story PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926920376

ISBN - 13:9781926920375


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story! Rachel, a teenage Jew lives in Russia at the start of the 20th Century. After witnessing her Christian friend’s murder, she decides to keep it a secret to keep her family from harm. After the Jewish community is blamed for her friend’s death, tensions mount and an all out hate war explodes. What I found the most remarkable about Rachel’s Secret is that this book is based on real-life events. Truth be told, I was a little shaken after reading this. So much anger, so much hate, I couldn’t believe it. Because someone is from a certain religion, they turn to hate and part blame. Rachel being our main protagonist was a great character. I felt her emotions, and her actions to be clearly justified. Her loss from losing her friend, to all the horrible things that happen in the end. My heart felt for her. Just imagine your entire world and life ripped from you in one day. By people who were your neighbours. It’s sickening and saddening at the same time. I felt the pacing to definitely be on point. It was very fast and I was never bored. The character arc and development needed a lot of work because l thought the emphasis on their progress was weak. Wonderful glossary in the back because there were a lot of Jewish words I didn’t know. It helped immensely. A must-read for any historical fiction fan or those who love mysteries, Rachel’s Secret is just for you.
Date published: 2014-03-28

Editorial Reviews

An excellent discussion starter for exploring the history of anti-Semitism, Rachel's Secret is recommended for readers ages 10 and up and will appeal to fans of similar novels such as Puppet by Eva Wiseman and The Night of the Burning by Linda Press Wulf.