Fans of The Help and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil will delight in this comic novel of family secrets by acclaimed writer, Susan Gabriel (The Secret Sense of Wildflower, a Best Book of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews).
Every family has secrets, but the elite Temple family of Savannah has more than most. To maintain their influence, they’ve been documenting the indiscretions of other prestigious southern families, dating as far back as the Civil War. When someone begins leaking these tantalizing tidbits to the newspaper, the entire city of Savannah, Georgia is rocking with secrets.
The current keeper of the secrets and matriarch of the Temple clan is Iris, a woman of unpredictable gastrointestinal illnesses and an extra streak of meanness that even the ghosts in the Temple mansion avoid. When Iris unexpectedly dies, the consequences are far flung and significant, not only to her family—who get in line to inherit the historic family mansion—but to Savannah itself.
At the heart of the story is Old Sally, an expert in Gullah folk magic, who some suspect cast a voodoo curse on Iris. At 100 years of age, Old Sally keeps a wise eye over the whole boisterous business of secrets and the settling of Iris’s estate.
In the Temple family, nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a secret.
“The secrets and lies of Savannah, Georgia’s upper crust come to light in Gabriel’s Southern Gothic novel. Gabriel unfolds her story deftly, with well-paced revelations about the complicated relationships between the mansion’s white and black inhabitants…Gabriel also evokes the Spanish moss–covered atmosphere of ghost-filled Savannah, and the Temple mansion in particular, with satisfying spookiness…The author’s thoughtfulness about masters and slaves, employers and servants, and family relations also contributes to a satisfying read. Savannah’s atmosphere, culture, and history flavor this engaging tale of intertwined families.” – Kirkus Reviews
“I loved this book! I have lived in Savannah for 25 years and you are spot on with your characters and the flavor of Savannah. Thank you for writing it and I look forward to reading your other books.” — Linda Farley
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I don’t often write authors of books I have read; however, I just must tell you how very much my book club and I enjoyed reading Temple Secrets. Most of us are “wise, old Southern ladies,” and we thoroughly enjoyed both reading and discussing your book.Marilyn Palumbo
Just finished Temple Secrets and loved it !! Probably my favorite book of the year. Have ordered The Secret Sense of Wildflower thru Amazon and can’t wait to start it !!Chris Marshall Sloan
Absolutely loved this book. Full of laughs and family moments along with Southern charm!Bunny Saunders
Great book, I was sad when I finished it. You should write a 2nd, I’d love to know what everybody gets up to..Annette Alley
LOVED Temple Secrets. My first Susan Gabriel book but I’ll be reading more of her works especially if the characters are anything like Queenie or Iris. Highly recommend this book. A great summer read.Nancy Harris Serzan
Well, I just finished my first Susan Gabriel book Temple Secrets …… I Loved It and have Already downloaded Wildflower and Lily’s Song …… Thanks Susan you’re one of my new favsMary Jane Tabbia
Temple Secrets has to be one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Thank you for an amazing reading “adventure”!Carolyn Bentsel
Really enjoyed this book! Had just read Secret Sense of Wildflower and Lily’s Song so spotted this one and had to read it! Definitely loved all the characters ( except Edward ) and will recommend it!Cean Carter Norris
I just finished Temple Secrets and loved every word you wrote. It is the first of your books that I have read and when I was done I immediately wrote a review on B&N and then downloaded The Secret Sense of Wildflower. Thank you so much for writing such a wonderful story. I look forward to reading more of your novels and PLEASE continue to write!!Lenore LaTorre Haring
I dearly loved Temple Secrets. I will never look at KFC or Piggly wiggly the same as before. Reading this was a delight.Donna Mabe Conley
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“I finished listening to Temple Secrets today. I’m so sorry it’s over. This is a wonderful book and I have been recommending it to all my friends. Time to pick another Susan Gabriel book!” – Kay Brinkley