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ReviewHeading_Brinius
five stars



I am giving this book a 5/5!

This was a story about family and letting go of the past. My favorite part was about not getting stuck on the road bumps, but rather going over them. There are many forms of love in this book, and each was as moving as the next. The love between family made me cry at the end, but so did the love of soul mates. Read more…

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ReviewHeading_Fuhr
five stars



Sit back and enjoy a truly inspirational story. Highly Recommended!

Sophie is a messed up 16 year old kid from the streets. She loses her lovely mother to cancer and is given to a foster family, a family so abusive that she must run before she becomes so damaged that she can’t look after herself. She meets Gabe, another sad and injured youth and together they lived off the streets. Gabe, too, is abusive but loves her and they only have each other. When both get caught up in a robbery, Gabe goes to prison and Sophie goes to what she first considers a different kind of prison though just as loathsome. Read More…

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ReviewHeading_Caruba

Kirkus Reviews called this one “A sweet, smart story about growing up and learning to trust.” I couldn’t have said it better!

It is a good thing to have been born and raised in Nebraska if you are going to write Secrets of the Porch which is set there. Sue Ann Sellon has written an inspirational, coming of age romance featuring 16-year-old Sophie Mae Randolph who has been adrift since her mother died of cancer. To get away from abusive foster parents she hits the streets and together with a boy named Gabe gets arrested for robbing a gas station. Read more…

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ReviewHeading_Lewis
five stars



This is a must read for young adults, teens, adults, parents, guidance counselors and this book should be in every school’s library.

Two lives are about to intersect by meeting and crossing at one or more points. Sharing a common area these two lives might join together and the end result just might be something quite powerful. Second chances are often rare and all too often the courts come down hard on rebellious teens trying to teach them some of life’s hard lessons by placing them in detention centers or in jail. But, sometimes a judge sees past his black robes, his power and authority looking deep within his soul and comes up with a solution that just might safe more than one life. Secrets of the Porch is a heartwarming, powerful and compelling story of two people whose lives intersect causing them to both face their fears, reflect on their pasts and come to grips with their present. Read more…

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ReviewHeading_ColumbiaBooks
five stars



Sue Ann Sellon, delivers a well written and inspiring story that’s not only heartfelt, but also sophisticated and thought provoking!

For anyone who still remembers the torturous experience of going through your teenage years, or worse, of raising a teenager, “Secrets of the Porch” will provide both laughter and tears. The anger and remorse, the know-it-all certainty and paralyzing self-doubts, the arrogant prancing about and the I-am-a-freak self-flagellation, are all too familiar. But this book adds several additional layers of depth through an original setting and creative circumstances that together make for a spellbinding novel. Read more…

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ReviewHeading_FeatheredQuill
four stars



Quill says: If the walls could talk (or in this case, the porch), how exhilarating the outcome once its ‘secrets’ have been told!

Sue Ann Sellon treats her readers to a heart-felt story of hope and new beginnings in her second novel, Secrets of the Porch.

Sophie Mae Randolph is sixteen-years-old and her life should be as carefree as her age. However, having never known her father and enduring the recent loss of her mother to cancer teaches Sophie life is hard. The only lesson it requires is to grow up too fast. The story begins with Sophie’s court date. After being caught robbing a gas station with her boyfriend, Gabe, the only way to avoid being sentenced to the juvenile detention center is to spend a year with her grandmother on her Nebraska farm and re-enroll in school. Read more…

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ReviewHeading_KirkusReviews

A sweet, smart story about growing up and learning to trust!

In Sellon’s (Carly’s Calling, 2003) second novel, a rebellious teenage girl is sent to live with her grandmother on a Nebraska farm. Sixteen-year-old Sophie Mae Randolph has been adrift, both physically and spiritually, since her mother, Grace, died from cancer. After Sophie and her abusive boyfriend are caught holding up a gas station, she’s given a choice: head to a juvenile detention facility or go live with her grandmother Lila, whom she’s never met. Read more …

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ReviewHeading_AuthorsReading
five stars



A Fabulous Read!

Secrets of The Porch by Sue Ann Sellon begins with Sophie – who has lost her mom, never known her dad and on the verge of losing her freedom. This young lady will captivate your heart from page one . Secrets of The Porch introduces you to Sophie as a teenager, but you quickly learn she has been through lots. Sophie escapes jail time to go and live with a grandmother she doesn’t even know exists. Read more…

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ReviewHeading_ReadersFavorite
five stars



Sue Ann Sellon’s amazing writing talent brought this beautiful story to life.

After losing her mother, and in a bid to run away from abusive foster parents, Sophie took to the streets for survival. This, however, landed her in jail after an attempted gas station robbery with her boyfriend. The only way the judge would let her out was if she agreed to stay with her grandmother, Lila, for at least a year and even go back to school. Read more …


four stars

Secrets of the Porch is a magical and inspiring story about love and family.

Sophie might have chosen the juvenile detention over her grandmother had she been given the choice. Unfortunately for her, the judge placed her in the custody of her grandma, Lila, whom she didn’t know existed until her hearing day. Lila lives on a farm and so would Sophie for the next year until the judge can review her case again. Sophie would have to do chores like collecting eggs from the chicken coop and helping with tasks on the farm. Read more…


four stars

Secrets of the Porch by Sue Ann Sellon is an incredibly powerful story.

Secrets of the Porch by Sue Ann Sellon is a story of love, life and death. After losing her mother to cancer, Sophie is placed in foster care. She leaves after being constantly mistreated and abused and finds herself on the street where she meets Gabe. Mistaking his kind of abuse for love, she goes along with him and gets caught robbing a gas station. Gabe is sent to prison and Sophie faces a judge to learn her fate. He gives her a choice – a year in juvenile detention or a year on her grandmother’s farm in Nebraska. Read more…

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ReviewHeading_MKTurner
four stars



“Secrets of the Porch” is a well edited and attractively present romance that will be particularly attractive to readers with strong Christian sensibilities.”

It’s 1996 in the first chapter of Sue Ann Sellon’s “Secrets of the Porch” and we’re in a Lincoln, Nebraska courthouse where Sophie Mae Randolph—16, homeless, accessory to a robbery gone bad—is about to meet her grandmother, Lila, for the first time. Sophie’s mother, estranged from her family, has been dead for over a year and the girl has been on the streets for most of that time. Now a judge is putting her in the care of this unknown woman. “Oh, crap,” thinks Sophie. “I’ve been sent to live with Tammy Faye Bakker” as they climb into an old blue pickup truck and make the 250 mile drive west. Read More…

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Review Heading Emily
four stars



“You feel for the young woman who knows she made mistakes. Can she forgive herself along the way? Great read!

Sixteen year old Sophie Mae Randolph has derailed. After the death of her mother she managed to find every wrong turn you could possible find and the latest has put her at the mercy of a judge who has decided on an alternative method than juvie. Sophie is being relocated to Nebraska and under the care of her Grandmother who she knows nothing about.

Life is rough and Sophie has to adjust to a new life. She is jaded and although her grandmother Lila is trying to be patient and understanding, Sophie can’t grasp why. When Sophie does begin to embrace the change, she finds a different path is waiting for her, but someone from her past is about to mess it all up.

I thought the way the author translated the angst Sophie was feeling was perfect. She is confused, angry and I think trying to deal the best way she can. You feel for the young woman who knows she made mistakes. Can she forgive herself along the way? Great read. Read More…

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five stars



“I give this book a 5/5! I highly recommend this inspirational novel!

I just finished reading this wonderful story. This is one of the moving stories I have read in a long time. The author takes the reader back in time to make you experience all that the characters experienced. This is a story of family, love and forgiveness. The young girl Sophie in this story finally finds herself and learns who she can trust. She also learns that even if you make mistakes, you can go on. I give this book a 5/5. I highly recommend this inspirational novel. Read More…

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ReviewHeading_GinaHott
four stars



This book gave me that warm fuzzy feeling, just like a grandmother’s hug!

I really liked this book, Secrets of the Porch made me think about faith, forgiveness, and love. I think one of the biggest themes is love. Yes, there’s romantic love, but there’s also a love for family and friends, love for God, and finding a way to love yourself. My favorite character is Lila. She is a strong woman with love running through her veins, and she has many layers. I think she made the book for me.

The only thing I didn’t love about the book is how quickly the dramatic event happens toward the end. The whole thing seems to be thrown into the book to draw out something dark, but it seems out of place and out of character. The only thing I can think of is maybe Sellon was hoping to use the event in order to add an emotional punch to Lila’s story. If that was the case, it worked, but I wish it had been done better.

Overall, I found myself happy that I read this book. It gave me that warm fuzzy feeling, just like a grandmother’s hug. Read More…

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ReviewHeadingDebraGaudette3Shopping
five stars



This is one of the most moving stories I have read in a long time!

I just finished reading this wonderful story. This is one of the most moving stories I have read in a long time. The author takes the reader back in time to make you experience all that the characters did, and when they did. This is a story of family, love and forgiveness. The young girl Sophie in this story finally finds herself and learns who she could trust. She also learns that even if you make mistakes you can go on. I give this book a 5/5. I highly recommend this inspirational novel. Read More…

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ReviewHeading_SBRMartin
four stars



They say God works in mysterious ways, and, hell, maybe He does. I received this book for free, in exchange for an honest review, and, in the end, I got a lot more than I bargained for!

I was initially drawn to “Secrets of the Porch” by Sue Ann Sellon because of the compelling back cover text. The brief blurb highlighted the plight of a troubled teen unwittingly cast into a unique multigenereational relationship and latent coming of age situation, and was ripe with keywords that caught – and held – my attention. Agony, danger, and four instances of the word “secret”… But when the book arrived in the mail, I was a little disappointed. I thumbed through the pages and saw many references to God, faith and love, and, alas, I hadn’t expected this one to be one of “those books.” You see, I’m an analytical thinker, and while I don’t discount the idea of God, I don’t dwell on it either. I was born on the tail-end of Generation X and, over the past two decades, most of my conversations with The Almighty have centered on one question: Why? I lost my mother, sister, father and grandmother all within seven years of each other; I recently separated from my husband and am tormented by complicated child custody issues; and, if there is a God, well, let’s just say, I’m fairly certain my other relationships with men would offend, rather than please, Him. I’ve been where I’ve been and seen what I’ve seen, and the last thing on earth (or in hell or heaven) I need is a cleverly concealed piece of Christian fiction to tell me about life, love and loss… Nonetheless, I decided to read “Secrets of the Porch,” because, when you order a bacon cheeseburger, you can’t turn your nose on it ’cause it aint kosher. Read More…

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ReviewHeading_JenalynneMedina
five stars



These secrets gave me a wave of emotions that I cannot adequately explain. I couldn’t count the number of times I had to pause reading as my tears kept falling. This is certainly a very good book and I want to recommend to my dearest readers!

When Sophie lost her mother, the only one who has shown her real love, she felt God had forsaken her. She questioned HIM for almost every bad thing that comes her way. She became cynical, believing the only way to survive is to be dishonest and selfish. Her boyfriend Gabe, proves this to be a great ‘life strategy’. By doing this, he has managed to survive on the streets for years. Read More…