Honest, Inspirational, Dramatic

Susan C.

A single mom meets a widowed dad in this small-town romance. Between their four kids and his matchmaking sister, the secrets they harbor won’t be secret for long!

What can be better than a second chance romance?

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Where secrets go, distrust follows. Can two lonely people let go of past hurt and learn to trust again?

Single mom, Cassie Verano, and her two young daughters move to small-town Worthy, Ohio to be near her brother and his family.

She longs to raise her daughters without her ex-husband’s family’s controlling interference, and live in peace. When her daughters befriend two girls who are cared for by their matchmaking aunt, Cassie avoids it at all costs. It’s the last thing she needs or wants after escaping a dangerous marriage.

Widowed business owner, Steve Nardelli, wants nothing more than to complete his huge Australian deal and expand his deceased father’s electronics firm to secure his family’s future. Though his wife died, their marriage was anything but happy. His sister’s matchmaking only annoys him and adds to his guilt, especially when the lovely Cassie Verano seems to hiding something—and he’s not interested in anyone else’s deceitful ways.

Can Cassie and Steve set aside their deep suspicions and guarded feelings to learn to trust again?

Cassie’s Secrets is a second chance romance.


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EDITORIAL REVIEWs

One striking thing about Cassie’s Secrets is the fact that the book is written in a down-to-earth manner that made it appear a little nonfictional yet highly captivating. The characters are well developed and easily relatable.

Cassie’s Secrets is an absolutely entertaining book that will surely captivate its reader and keep them turning the pages till the very end—it’s indeed a masterpiece!

-I Love Unique Books

READER REVIEWS

While reading this first book in the Women of Worthy series, you will find yourself rooting for Cassie and Steve to get over past heartbreak and get together. Cassie also needs to conjure enough faith and trust to divulge her looming secret. I recommend this sweet romance.

–  Cathryn P (Goodreads)

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Nice setup for book two.

Cassie moves to Worthy, Ohio to be closer to family after a nasty divorce, but she still carries the scars from her failed marriage. There she meets Steve, a handsome widower, when her two daughters become fast friends with his two daughters. For reasons of her own, she decides to keeps certain aspects of the way she earns her living a secret. Steve has hang-ups of his own and finds it hard to trust Cassie, despite the obvious attraction between them. Their relationship is further complicated when Steve’s sister, who has become Cassie’s close friend, mysteriously disappears. Fortunately for both, they each have strong spiritual support systems and even attend the same church. Without letting any spoilers slip, the mystery is solved and sets us up for the second book in the series, which promises to be quite intriguing. This first book in the series is a sweet romance and contains many touching scenes.

–  Tracy K (Amazon)

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You will root for these main characters.

The sympathetic characters of Cassie and Steve will have you shouting at the pages, “Get together!” But first, they need to recover from past heartbreaks and Cassie has to conjure enough courage and faith to divulge her secret. The moments of prayer throughout this story are touching and comforting. I highly recommend reading this first book in the series.

–  Cathryn P (Amazon)

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Seralynn Lewis’s Cassie’s Secret, although not my usual genre, was an enjoyable read. The characters were relatable though a bit drastic at times. I do like the building of the relationship between Cassie and Steve and their daughters and was satisfied that they worked it out in the end to the HEA. Steve’s sister, Mia, was a bit of a puzzle but I enjoyed her humor with her relationship with her brother. I would recommend it as a cozy read on the beach.

–  Laurie K (Amazon)

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Great story that includes a missing person mystery.
She is escaping from a domineering ex & seeking a new life in her brother’s town. Her friend is nanny for her 2 nieces & they share parent duties. She has faith to sustain her.

–  Alaska Reader (Amazon)

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This story moves right along and you’ll love them and get frustrated with them as if they’re your own friends! Wonderful stories!

–  D (Amazon)

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He gave up his faith when his marriage began dying. Then he had to rescue his business. A story of faith.Great read!!! Draws you into the characters very quickly so that you want to keep reading to find out more. I appreciate the romance novel being presented in a wholesome fashion— all the good elements of the genre. The plot also adds an extra element of mystery and intrigue. Highly recommended!

–  Itala (Amazon)

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Very good book by a new author I have never read before

–  Julie (Goodreads)

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Great story that includes a missing person mystery.
She is escaping from a domineering ex & seeking a new life in her brother’s town.  Her friend is a nanny for her 2 nieces & they share parental duties. She has faith to sustain her.
He gave up his faith when his marriage began dying. Then he had to rescue his business. A story of faith.

–  Katydid (Amazon)

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I will admit that this book was a gift and as a mystery/thriller reader, my expectations were fairly low. That said I was very pleasantly surprised by Cassies Secrets and how the author drew me in and made me care about the characters. The plot was contemporary, but still spiritual, entirely believable and it kept my interest. I actually read the entire book in one sitting – on a plane – and have since acquired Ms. Lewis’ next book. I would strongly recommend this book and I look forward to reading more from this author.

–  Cathy L (Amazon)

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You have achieved quite a strong storytelling ability.  I loved the “secrets” that wove through this particular story.

It is very unusual, Seralynn, that a story is so comfortable with prayer and references to God.  Thank you for that.  It gave the story an “ascension” in a way. Just as prayer was a go-to for Cassie and her family, and eventually for Steve.…

–  Judith M (email to author)

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spoiler alert ** Loved it ! This first novel is impressive and leaves me wanting more from this author. The heartwarming story of two who had been wounded by a spouse in their first marriage. Fear of her ex husband caused Cassie to keep about her true source of income. The story of forgiveness, healing, and blending of two families brought tears to my eyes at the end. This is a beautiful story that should be added to everyone’s TBR list.

–  Sandra B. (Goodreads)

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This is a refreshing and heartwarming love story about forgiveness as well as second chance as two wound it characters heal together and find love and family a long the way.

– Love (Goodreads)

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This story was full of suspense and romance. I think our friends learned a valuable lesson. That secrets can cause other people to draw their own conclusions about what we’ve done. I can’t wait to read the next book! This is a refreshing and heartwarming love story about forgiveness as well as second chance as two wounded characters heal together and find love and family along the way.

– Kelly W. (Goodreads & Amazon)

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Cassie’s Secrets is the first novel from Seralynn Lewis. The story tells the tale of Cassie & her two girls starting over in small-town Ohio. In large part to be close to her brother’s family & further from her ex, who is not such a good guy. Enter Steve, a widow also raising two young girls. They meet & despise one another, yet their girls become fast friends so they have to deal with each other… Both characters act horribly to one another over the course of the book, so much so you really don’t like them at some points. They both had horrible first marriages, both harboring secrets that they don’t want to tell. The b storylines were intriguing as well, the biggest one dealing with Steve’s sister Mia suddenly disappearing. I’m thinking Mia will potentially get a book of her own in the future?! I found it to be equally funny & frustrating at times but a fast-paced read. Cassie drooling over Steve’s muscles had me laughing out loud, but the hem, haw, & angst of the main characters was off putting. That said I can totally see this being a Hallmark movie. So, if you are a fan of Hallmark movies or Christian Fiction you would enjoy this book. Religion, praying, & forgiveness all have large arcs in the book.

-Kelly P. (Goodreads)

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I just finished reading your book and would highly recommend it to my friends. I am an avid reader usually historical fiction but I love to throw in a romance novel every so often. Cassie’s Secrets was a page turner….hard to put down! Well written. I especially liked Cassie’s faith in God and her times of prayer.   A lot of touching, touches….emotional experiences.

-Barbara R. (email to author)

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What if your “second chance at love” comes along–maybe even your true destined love–and you’re not ready for it? What makes this love story so compelling is that Cassie and Steve are each still tangled in a complicated net of memory, trauma, guilt, hope, obligation, and determination that has left both of them defensive, mistrustful, and secretive. And their secrets are dramatic enough, and the push and pull they feel powerful enough, to make this a page-turner.

One of the most interesting aspects of the story is how much of the drama springs from the adventures of a supporting character who will star in the next book of the series.

-Susan C. (Amazon)

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This was such a great story. I liked how there was building romance without the characters jumping into bed right away. Beautifully written.. looking forward to more books By Seralynn.

-Mary Kay A. (Amazon)

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Cassie’s Secrets is a well written, delightful, clean, and easy read…Romance, forgiveness, second chances, and suspense will keep you turning the pages! A heartwarming story the author brings to life with characters that are authentic and real. Definitely looking forward to Seralynn’s next book!

-Marisa D. (Amazon)

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Cassie and her two daughters move to Ohio to live near her brother and his family and distance herself from her angry ex.

Widower Steve and his two daughters live in the same town. His twin sister Mia and longtime housekeeper and family friend, Fiona, live with them.

Like two magnets Cassie and Steve are both attracted and repelled by the other, but their daughters become friends, making it impossible for them to avoid one another.
Cassie’s Secret is a heartwarming story of growth, sweet romance, and the power of Christ to heal and overcome wounds. I enjoyed it very much and thoroughly recommend this book. The plot moved well, the main characters were well-developed, and the children vulnerable and sweet.

-Diane W. (Amazon)

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Great first book by an up and coming author. First in a series about women from all walks of life. Has a definite Christian and uplifting bent to it. Set in a small Ohio town, the book has touches of mystery, romance, and action.

Likable characters whom I hope to see in future books in the series. The author also offers a free online epilogue to the book plus a prequel available on her website. Pick this up for a quick and easy read.

-Nancy C. (Goodreads)

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I can relate to Steve and his mistrust! Seralynn does a wonderful job of bringing out the character’s motives. Big themes throughout the novel are forgiveness, the importance of faith in God in prayer, and learning to trust again.

A second-time inspirational romance with characters you’ll fall in love with and root for … especially a good read for Christian Romance readers looking for Suspense! I’m looking forward to reading Book Two!

-Cheryl K. (Amazon)

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This is an amazing story about a young divorced mother Cassie and her two young daughters. Cassie has a secret. Does this secret prevent her from finding happiness??

This book is the first book by a very talented author. Can’t wait for more books.

-Betty G. (Goodreads)

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“I really enjoyed reading “Cassie’s Secrets”. It was a very feel good book and gave hope that there is something in life to look forward to. It’s just a wholesome story about love and family. I am looking forward to the next book!”

-Jan K. (email to author)

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I know that the characters will appear in Mia’s story, too.  I would love to read more stories about all of these characters.  They have become like friends.

-Kathy F. (email to author)

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This is a refreshing and heartwarming love story about forgiveness as well as second chance as two wounded characters heal together and find love and family along the way.

-kindle customer 3 (Amazon)

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This is a refreshing and heartwarming love story about forgiveness as well as second chance as two wounded characters heal together and find love and family along the way.

-kindle customer 3 (Amazon)

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Great book.this is the first time that I have read a book by this author and I really enjoyed it looking forward to read more from her and this series.  Cassie and Steve both have so much hurt and pain In their lives and post it is very hard for them to trust and love again.  However, their kids keep put them together

Nikki T.  (Amazon and Goodreads)