Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Beginning: Not My Secret to Keep by Digene Farrar


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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I can't count how many nights I have lain awake with my story projecting on the screen of my mind, and how often the mere thought of writing it down overwhelmed me.
-- Not My Secret to Keep: A Memoir of Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse by Digene Farrar.

Digene Farrar was in New York City to re-launch her modeling career when the first jet crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11. As a registered nurse, her instincts and training led her to the scene to help, and she was there when the second jet hit. The trauma reactivated her own secret trauma of childhood sexual abuse.

This book is Digene's memoir of self-discovery, healing, and transformation. While it is her deeply personal account of PTSD and working to heal from physical and emotional injury, Not My Secret to Keep is a practical book that offers real support to survivors, their supporters, and professionals. Anyone working with those suffering from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse will find value in Digene's story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Digene Farrar lives in Seattle where she works as a nurse, motivational speaker, actress, and model. She is currently performing in the riveting play TELLING, produced by OAASIS.  For more information, please visit her website,


  1. Books about abuse are so difficult to read!

  2. I think it would be a very easy secret to keep. I have to admire her for writing the book.

  3. This sounds like a fascinating story, but I imagine it's hard to read. I'd have to be in the right frame of mind.

  4. Tough read. But tough usually means good.

  5. Hi Gilion,

    Although your first lines are very poignant and touching, I'm afriad that this wouldn't be a book for me, although I do admire Digene for committing her story to print for all the world to see.

    Thank you for hosting and have a good weekend.


  6. I would like to read this one. The tie-in with Sept. 11 is really interesting.

  7. This sounds like an intense read. The first lines are pretty tough. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Sounds like a good but an emotional, difficult read.

    I hope you like it.

    ENJOY your weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  9. I have to choose my moments when I read books like these. Thanks for sharing. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  10. A very hard story for her to tell.

  11. I think we have all had those awful moments when we lay awake replaying our day/life and regretting something in the past. This sounds like a very serious book.

    Anne's Friday Quotes

  12. Not something I would read but I hope you enjoyed it.


  13. I'm not sure that would be my choice of a book to read seems like it would be a heavy read.
    BTW - my first link this week leads to the wrong url, but I can't find a way to delete it myself. If you have time is it something you can do? I did add the correct url. Thanks for your help.

  14. Good opening even though it sounds like it would be a rough read for me! Thanks for stopping by my blog!


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