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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.

Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (October 16, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1439152802

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Book Description

Release Date: October 16, 2012

From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Distant Hours, The Forgotten Garden, and The House at Riverton, a spellbinding new novel filled with mystery, thievery, murder, and enduring love.

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

I have read every one of Kate Morton’s books and ,surprising to myself only, I have liked ALL of them, including this new one which I was very skeptical about because mostly it’s a “love story” and I don’t read romance stuff…

This one takes place in England (naturally lol) during the war when the blitz was on.  I have to say that she was so descriptive that I really felt like I saw the war torn streets and homes as she wrote the story.

The story began slowly.. and then it began to build… and never stopped building!

A few things, when they happened, I shook my head and said, I knew that was coming. But the closer to the end of the book, the more the family secrets twisted and turned!  I absolutely loved the ending even though parts were a bit sad. 

Sorry to say that I do feel that woman will enjoy this book more then men but ladies… you are in for a treat if you like to dig and find out family secrets!! 

Very VERY well written!  Never would I have said I would enjoy a romance story…but fill it with a really big family secret and the background of the war and I found I was enjoying it as much as any of her other books!

6 Comments:

Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

This sounds like a wonderful--Right-Up-My-Alley, book! Off to Amazon, right now! Thanks, Pat!

10:41 AM  
Blogger Cath said...

Time I read something by Kate Morton. I thought I owned The House at Riverton but can't see it anywhere so maybe I don't. (Gawd, old age is catching up with me if I can't even remember what books I have!) This one sounds fantastic!

10:58 AM  
Blogger DesLily said...

naomi: hooray! I hope you like it!!!

cath.. yes it is time lol...I don't seem to be able to get away from areas my sis lives or likes! I am reading The Yard and the cop who is now in London was originally from Devon! (or so they say lol)

12:01 PM  
Blogger Kailana said...

I have this. Hopefully get a chance to read it soon!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I still need to read her other books too but this one sounds like I would enjoy it as well!

7:51 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I have to read her one day. Lovely review Pat, you have convinced me to try her :-) and I say the same thing, romance, bah! yet on the rare occasion, they are just the thing, too.

1:10 AM  

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