Running Secrets (The Alki Trilogy)

Running Secrets The Alki Trilogy In RUNNING SECRETS flight attendant Chris Stevens is bent on self destruction until she meets Gemi Kemmal an Ethiopian home healthcare provider Gemi and Jake a paramedic help Chris heal from and c

  • Title: Running Secrets (The Alki Trilogy)
  • Author: Arleen Williams
  • ISBN: 9781620151914
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Paperback
  • In RUNNING SECRETS, flight attendant Chris Stevens is bent on self destruction until she meets Gemi Kemmal, an Ethiopian home healthcare provider Gemi and Jake, a paramedic, help Chris heal from and confront her difficult past, and regain a passion for living In the process, Chris and Gemi forge an unusual friendship that bridges cultural, racial and age differences TheIn RUNNING SECRETS, flight attendant Chris Stevens is bent on self destruction until she meets Gemi Kemmal, an Ethiopian home healthcare provider Gemi and Jake, a paramedic, help Chris heal from and confront her difficult past, and regain a passion for living In the process, Chris and Gemi forge an unusual friendship that bridges cultural, racial and age differences Their friendship gives both women the support each needs Gemi comes to question restrictive traditions dictating her immigrant life, such as the headscarf she s worn since entering puberty and the celibacy she s practiced since the brutal death of her husband and infant in the violence that destroyed her homeland and family Chris uncovers family secrets that challenge everything she s ever known to be true Together the women learn that racial identity is a choice, self expression is a right, and family is a personal construct William s focus in sensory details colors, smells, sounds will heighten the awareness of everyday circumstances that ought not be merely taken for granted And the celebration of both cross cultural and trans generational friendships provides an outlook that is relevant and valuable Barbara Lloyd McMichael, The Bookmonger

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    1. This is one of those cases where I was pleasantly surprised. I was drawn to this book because it was written by a Seattle author and is set in Seattle (and we'll just say that Seattle is "local" to Portland, okay?) and I hadn't read anything local in quite a while. The plot, however, sounded a but heavy and potentially melodramatic. And, to be fair, the plot was heavy, but I didn't find it melodramatic in the least. The main character of Chris has a tough life--her parents, while providing every [...]

    2. Running Secrets by Arleen Williams is a book that faces cultural and racial differences head-on and succeeds in piecing together a captivating narrative. Chris Stevens and Gemi Kemmal are from two vastly different worlds and yet in each other these two women find a friendship that helps them both heal from deep wounds. It’s a wonderful story with a powerful message that readers will absolutely love. The backstories and characterization of both Chris and Gemi are wonderfully written. Chris is b [...]

    3. I won this book from a contest on .Christine Steven's childhood is riddled with memories of a mother and father who had little, if any, time at all for their youngest daughter. Chris knew from an early age that her parents did not want her when she overheard them speaking of her. Chris was all alone in the world with no nurturing at all from her parents. Her only salvation was her older sister, Beth, who gave her all the love and attention necessary for a young growing child. On Chris' birthday, [...]

    4. Chris Stevens is haunted by her past. So much so that she feels compelled to take her own life. Rescued by Jake, a paramedic, Chris wishes she were left there to die, until Gemi Kemmel enters her life. Gemi is an Ethiopian lady, with a past full of sorrows of her own, but she doesn't let that keep her down. She gets signed up by Chris's mother to take care of Chris after the accident, until she is independent again. Chris and Gemi strike up an unusual but strong friendship that keeps them both g [...]

    5. I received a galley of this from net galley, but in no way does that affect my rating/review.This was quite an emotional read. I felt connected to Chris, even though a lot of the stuff she went through I hadn't ever experienced. I still felt like I related much to her character because she was my age, on top of being a runner and a writer like I am. I also felt like Chris grew a lot from that first chapter where we saw her just skirting the surface of life, not truly living it. She was letting h [...]

    6. Running Secrets tells the story of Chris and Gemi and how they form a friendship that heals both of them. Chris is suffering from depression and tries to end her life. Gemi is hired to take care of Chris as she heals. I was pleasantly surprised with how well-written this book was. I loved learning about both Chris and Gemi, while very different each women was characterized wonderfully. Though I thought the book was primarily going to be about Chris and her healing from her past, I was glad to le [...]

    7. Thank you to Net Galley & Booktrope for this book in exchange for a review. A book of secrets- a book that is hard to put down. Chris who is so unhappy & full of grief, that she tries to kill herself. She is rescued by Jake from the emergency services. Chris has a long battle to recovery which is helped by her carer - who is aiddle aged African woman named Gemini. The book reveals secrets along the way - Chris's heritage, the secret her father hid & why her parents couldn't love her. [...]

    8. Very captivating! Running Secrets was given to me as a gift in exchange for an honest review I could’t put this book down. Chris’ story pulls you in right away. Her death wish and all of her visions, I mean you just get so caught up. It is so interesting. You will get caught up in a book full of secrets! There’s a mix of romance, friendship and life savers for Chris. You’ll really enjoy this inspiring story of surprises, secrets and touch relationships.

    9. Good book. I used to enjoy running, when I was younger, so I can identify with how good it feels to run. She made me want to get out there and run. I also enjoyed the story about learning where you come from.

    10. A gripping story of renewal, friendship, and trust, with a pace that keeps you engaged and wanting to run alongside these characters, learning about their fears and dreams along the way. Excellent place references to West Seattle throughout.

    11. Smart. Not a wasted word. Great visuals. Has a very sensual feel to the prose. Great 1st book with characters I adore. I live in the PacNW and related to many things in this book. But even if you have never visited Seattle area, this is a poignant, beautifully written story about how we see each other-- that will touch your heart. Well done!

    12. This novel is a book about the enigma of family, but there is hope and redemption and the beautiful backdrop of Seattle.If you love in the Pacific Northwest, you will especially appreciate this book.

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