Peyton Stratford is her family's unofficial keeper of all things secret, from the petty and mundane to the potentially life-changing. Only when she starts to keep a few secrets of her own does her family begin to realize there's more to her than a sympathetic set of ears and a tightly-closed mouth. And it's not until she relinquishes the title of Stratford Family Secret Keeper and assumes a more positive role in her own life that she can become the person that someone's been telling her she has the potential to be.
With a new life stretching ahead of her, Peyton Stratford should be feeling like the possibilities are endless, but she can't help but miss parts of the old Peyton, the Peyton who was allowed to say and do and be whatever she wanted to be, when nobody had any real expectations of her. She's not the only one adjusting to a new role, though. And she's not the only one keeping secrets anymore.
I feel content, like this is what my entire adult life has been leading up to, like I'm the cheesy female lead in the final scene of a made-for-TV Christmas movie. The pastor's wife who finally figures out what life is supposed to be about. Whatever. It's probably just the mulled wine.
Peyton Northam does feel like things are starting to make sense for her and her young family. Her “nemesis,” Pastor Long is even cooperating by announcing his sudden retirement. But life is never static, and with new people entering Brice and Peyton’s lives on a seemingly daily basis, there's always something... or someone... different to worry about. Like the new assistant pastor who sets off Peyton's Creep-O-Meter. And the enigmatic local artist who tends to make Peyton forget she's no longer that trendy single girl from merely a few years ago. And even the most familiar people aren’t as recognizable as they once were. Her husband’s saying and doing out-of-character things, and her two best friends sometimes feel like strangers to her. In fact, it seems like the only constant in Peyton’s life is… Peyton. Because, as usual, she’s still holding on to all the old grudges, insecurities, and memories that make her The Secret Keeper.
In the fifth installment of Brea Brown’s much-beloved series, the lovably flawed "secret keeper," Peyton Northam, suspects the people closest to her are keeping some pretty big things from her. Once the center of her circle of friends, she's now no longer the go-to confidante. She'd always thought this would be a welcome relief, but instead finds it frustrating and hurtful to always be the last to know everything. And that's what seems to be happening more and more often. She wants to know as much as she doesn't want to know, and it's starting to make her nuts. Or is that just the hormones taking over for the perpetually pregnant pastor's wife? At the same time, Peyton's ever-developing drive to do the right thing is hampering her ability to keep certain secrets. Now, she may have to let go of a confidence that has been nagging at her conscience for years. But is it really her secret to tell?
New family members, new career paths, and new neighbors create new challenges for the Northams in the final chapter of the popular Secret Keeper series.
Wrangling more children than ever and living with a clergyman who doesn't know how to sit still, Peyton doubts she can keep up with the latest batch of changes. Family feuds, growing pains, and unspoken truths between husband and wife only add to the frenzy surrounding Brice and Peyton as they cope with the aftermath of the life-changing events from months before.
With her insecurity at an all-time high, Peyton must heal her raw wounds—both old and fresh—and uncover one more secret before she can be fulfilled at last.