When three generations of women are brought together by crisis, they learn over the course of one hot summer the power of family to support, nourish and surprise
Lauren has the perfect life…if she ignores the fact it’s a fragile house of cards, and that her daughter Mack has just had a teenage personality transplant.
Jenna is desperate to start a family with her husband, but it’s… Just. Not. Happening. Her heart is breaking, but she’s determined to keep her trademark smile on her face.
Nancy knows she hasn’t been the best mother, but how can she ever tell Lauren and Jenna the reason why?
Then life changes in an instant, and Lauren, Mack, Jenna and Nancy are thrown together for a summer on Martha’s Vineyard. Somehow, these very different women must relearn how to be a family. And while unraveling their secrets might be their biggest challege, the rewards could be infinite…
Heartwarming and fresh, Sarah Morgan’s brilliant new novel is a witty and deeply uplifting look at the power of a family of women.
[I recieved a free copy from @harlequinpublicityteam and Sarah Morgan for an honest review]
I have never read a Sarah Morgan novel, so I didn’t go into it expecting anything, and I was more than pleased with this from beginning to end. So much so that I started and finished it in one day, stealing pages every chance I could! I was hooked from the first chapter. There’s something unbreakable about the bond between sisters that are close and Sarah Morgan captured that in the first few pages.
“If I could have chosen my sister. I would have chosen you.“
Her characters were so well-rounded and thought out. Sarah Morgans decision to show the point of view of Nancy, Jenna, Lauren and Mack brought all the characters completely to life. All the women are going through life changing situations and secrets have kept them more apart from each other than they know. They face truths and the fact that something are just out of one’s control. I saw a lot of my own mother in Nancy, she was stronger than she realized. Jenna and Greg made my heart warm and happy. Lauren and Mack, over and over again, made me sad yet hopeful.
Many novels that deal with secrets, I find myself thinking ‘well that was a stupid reason and this whole book could have been avoided’ but not once in How To Keep A Secret did I think that. Every secret was made and kept for legitimate reasons that made sense and I probably would have done the same. If I were in any of the characters positions I could see myself making the same decisions and having the same reactions.
I think the reason why I loved this book so much was because the feelings were real and raw. When reading I just needed everything to turn out alright. The realistic alright where nothing is perfect, but we survive and do the best we can.
“And hope, Lauren thought, kept life moving. Hope that things would improve, that sadness would pass, that you’d live feeling you’d love and live.”