Wednesday 6 June 2018

Guest Review: How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan

Three generations of Stewart women, all with secrets to keep…
Matriarch Nancy knows she hasn't been the best mother but how can she ever tell her daughters the reason why? Lauren and Jenna are as close as two sisters can be and they made a pact years ago to keep a devastating secret from their mother – but is it time to come clean? Lauren's teenage daughter Mackenzie masks her own pain by keeping her mother at a distance. Her mother, aunt and grandmother keep trying to reach her but will it take a stranger to show her the true meaning of family?
When life changes in an instant, the Stewart women are thrown together for a summer and suddenly they must relearn how to be a family. And whilst unravelling their secrets might be their biggest challenge, it could also be their finest moment . . .

Review: I have read quite a few books by Sarah Morgan, devouring each one in no time flat. When I read Sarah's note at the beginning of this new novel that this story was something of a departure for her, dealing with broader relationships and not being part of a series as other books have been, I have to admit I was intrigued. Having plunged in and finished the book in no time at all, I can confidently state that I very much enjoyed the new format and look forward to more like it. 

As the title suggests, this book deals with secrets; in fact, more and more just keep on emerging as you turn the pages. It is all done very skilfully. The main characters in the story are females from 3 generations of the same family, all of whom are in crisis in their own ways and looking to find strength from one and other. Jenna and Lauren are sisters, while Nancy is their mother and Mack is the teenage daughter of Lauren. The family is brought together by a tragic event, but a character from the past may prove an unexpected saviour. The action takes place primarily in Martha's Vineyard, so there are lovely beaches, mansions and yachts sprinkled throughout the story. 

I can heartily recommend this book. It is full to the brim with strong characters and, of course, a succession of secrets. I couldn't work out how it would end right to the last chapter; always a good feature in a novel. The descriptions of the setting transported me to the seaside so that I could imagine the sun shining down on a calm ocean. Although you could obviously read it anywhere, I think this would make a great book to pack in your luggage for a summer holiday. 

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