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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Powerful Secret

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, speaker, educator, and humorist.  Leman has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and commonsense psychology.
While most noted for his The Birth Order Book and Have a New Kid by Friday, Leman is the author of over 50 titles.  The Leman Academy of Excellence, a classical charter school founded by Dr. Leman, launched in 2015. Leman is originally from Williamsville, New York.  He and his wife, Sande, live in Tuscon, Arizona, and have five children and two grandchildren.

Jeff Nesbit was Vice President Dan Quayle's communications director at the White House and was the director of public affairs for two prominent federal science agencies:  the National Science Foundation and the Food and Drug Administration.  He provided leadership to Shiloh Media Group for almost 15 years.
Nesbit was the co-creator of the Science of the Olympic Winter Games and the Science of NFL Football video series with NBC.
Jeff has also written more than 24 inspirational and commercially successful novels with publishing houses such as David C. Cook, Tyndale, Zondervan/Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins, WaterBrook/Random House, Victor Books, Hodder&Stoughton, Guideposts, and others.  Jeff is executive director of Climate Nexus and writes a weekly science column for U.S. News & World Report called At the Edge.

Sean has always felt like an outsider in his own family.
Now he must risk never achieving what he wants most - his father's love.

Billionaire glob-trotter Sean Worthington is stunned when his older brother suddenly abandons the Senate race in New York and walks away without a backward glance.  As campaign manager, Sean's left to handle the media feeding frenzy with no answers. Worst, their father - as usual - backs Will, the "perfect" son.
Frustrated by his father's lack of belief in him, Sean determines to finally move on and forge a unique path.  But when a powerful secret is revealed, threatening everything Sean has counted on, he must wrestle with shocking truths...and combat the power brokers behind the scenes who have the Worthington family in their crosshairs.

My Thoughts:
A Powerful Secret is the second book in the The Worthington Destiny series by Leman and Nesbit. The first book in the series was A Perfect Ambition.  My only regret is that I did not read book one in the series first.  A Powerful Secret read fine as a stand-alone, but I feel that there were pieces of the back story of the three Worthington siblings that I missed.  Book one focuses on Will and this book focuses on Sean.  My guess is that book three, A Primary Decision, which releases in the Fall of this year will focus on the sister, Sarah.  I WILL be going back and reading book one and anxiously anticipate the release of the third book!
Leman and Nesbit have come together and offered readers an inside peek at a family of money, privilege and intrigue.  The authors have showcased family dynamics and sibling interactions with exceptional skill.  The personalities of each Worthington sibling as well as the parents are captured in such a way that makes them easy to identify with and easy to champion.  The mystery and suspense is palpable and keeps you turning the pages.
The book includes a bonus feature that is helpful - Birth Order Secrets as well as a resource guide from Dr. Leman.
Don't miss this series!

*I received a complimentary copy of A Powerful Secret from the publisher for the purpose of giving this review.  All opinions are my own.

Happy Reading Ya'll,