Readers' Favorite Awards

For Immediate Release: October, 2015
Reader’s Favorite recognizes “The Guardian of Secrets” in its 2015 international book award contest.
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“Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that “The Guardian of Secrets” by Jana Petken is a Silver Medal Winner in the Fiction – Historical – Event/Era category in our 2015 International Book Award Contest.”
guardianofsecretswithawardA historical family saga spanning four generations, from 1912, Kent, England, to Spain and its 1936–39 civil war. Celia and Ernesto’s two sons march under opposing banners, whilst their daughters take different paths, one to the Catholic Church and the other to the battlefields, and in the shadow of war, an evil figure emerges from the past waits for an opportunity to destroy the entire family.
Jana Petken is a British Ex Patriot, living in Spain. She is ex military, and has travelled extensively to study wars and the after effects that they have on the population. Her other historical fiction works include, The Errant Flock, and The Mercy Carver Series: Dark Shadows and Blood Moon.
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Kirkus Reviews
A dark debut novel about a woman’s escape from a life of abuse and her ensuing struggle.
By all appearances, Celia Dobbs has everything a young Englishwoman in 1912 could want. She’s newly married to
Joseph Dobbs, a handsome man with whom she’s besotted, and is the daughter of Peter Merrill, a wealthy man whose ownership of a vast farm ensures that Celia and Joseph will live well. But all is not as it seems: Joseph soon shows his true colours as a violent drunk with gambling debts, and he proves to be a severely abusive husband, flinging expletives and punches as swiftly as he once cast promises of love. His dark side takes on added horror when Celia learns that he’s responsible for the murder of her father. With the help of her aunt Marie, Celia and her newborn son escape from Kent to Spain, and Marie promises that she will see justice served while Celia’s away. Once in Spain, Celia meets a man named Ernesto and begins the next chapter of her life.
Back in Spain, the novel details Celia’s recovery and her children’s developing lives, and they become key players in a tense, fast-paced story. The writing is often captivating, with a consistently engaging tone throughout, although the violent scenes are somewhat graphic and disturbing. Celia’s growth as a character truly sets this novel apart as more than a simple drama: It’s also a commentary on how strong a woman can become when facing adversity.
A suspenseful, compelling historical novel.
Jana Petken
The Guardian of Secrets

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