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Shelly Sanders’ RACHEL’S SECRET receives 4 of 4 stars from CM Magazine

While its official publication date is still a few weeks off, Shelly SandersRachel’s Secret is already receiving rave reviews. Especially notable is this one from the University of Manitoba’s CM Magazine, in which the book is “highly recommended” and rated four of four stars.

First-time novelist Shelly Sanders masterfully reconstructs life in early 20th century Russia. And the skillful integration of the small details of daily life (the food, clothing, dwellings and activities) into a plot that is about to boil over, makes for a very rich reading experience…. Sanders has created a terrific heroine in Rachel. She is feisty and independent, as well as warm and loving. Although Rachel’s dreams of being a writer in a bigger world set her apart from her sister and friends, Sanders has grounded her in realistic dialogue and authentic relationships….Sanders should be commended for her ability to provide the shocking facts of this story while keeping her young adult audience in mind.

The review is available in its entirety here, and Rachel’s Secret, published by Toronto’s own Second Story Press, is currently available for preorder.

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