How To Keep A Secret - Sarah Morgan

How To Keep A Secret

By Sarah Morgan

  • Release Date: 2018-06-14
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 7 Ratings

Description

‘I laughed, I cried, I held my breath. I absolutely adored it’ Cathy Bramley ‘Sarah Morgan just gets better and better’ Veronica Henry This summer one family will discover that together, they can do anything. 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 . . .

Reviews

YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHORS LOVE HOW TO KEEP A SECRET!

‘I laughed, I cried, I held my breath. I absolutely adored it’
Cathy Bramley

‘Sarah Morgan just gets better and better’
Veronica Henry

‘A compelling, gorgeously drawn story with laughter and tears, warmth and so much heart’
Miranda Dickinson

‘This sweeping novel will have you questioning all the secrets you've ever kept. I loved it’
Penny Parkes, author of Practice Makes Perfect

‘Jane Green meets Sophie Kinsella. Heart-warming, emotional, funny and real – I adored this book!’
Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

‘How To Keep A Secret is a warm, wonderful, rich story told with care and skill that broke my heart and then put it back together again.’
Alex Brown, author of The Secret of Orchard Cottage

About the author

Sarah Morgan lives near London with her husband and two sons. An international bestseller, her books have been translated into more than thirty languages and she has sold over sixteen million books worldwide. For more about Sarah visit her website www.sarahmorgan.com, and sign up to her newsletter. She also loves to connect with readers on Facebook (AuthorSarahMorgan), Twitter (@SarahMorgan_) and Instagram (sarahmorganwrites).

Reviews

  • A delightful story

    5
    By Riverdaffyd
    What a lovely story! It is a slight change of direction for Sarah Morgan, as this is a stand alone book, and it is really powerful storytelling. The story begins with Lauren arranging a fortieth birthday party for her beloved husband Ed. The morning of his birthday begins with their teenage daughter Mack being really bad-tempered and rude, and Ed leaving the house with a very cryptic remark. Then Lauren goes for coffee it's friends, and her credit card is refused. Then later on, the party is in full swing but Ed has not yet returned from work. There is a knock at the door, and two policeman are standing there ... with very bad news! Ed has been found dead in his office. And there is even more bad news to come. Her sister Jenna comes over to London from Martha's Vineyard as quickly as she can, Lauren hasn't asked her mother to come as the sisters have never really been close to her. The reason for that is they all have secrets they have kept from each other, and the sisters have what they believe is a huge secret that they have been keeping from their mother since Jenna was eight and Lauren was eleven. After the ghastly funeral, during which one of the secrets is revealed (in a surprising manner) Lauren has little choice but to take Mack and herself off to Martha's Vineyard to stay with her mother until her husband's affairs are settled. When she and her sullen, moody daughter get off the ferry her mother is waiting for them with a friend, Scott. Lauren sees him, and faints. He picks her up as though she weighs nothing, and puts her in the truck, and they all go to her mother's huge house. Once they have settled in there is no choice but for the secrets to start coming out. The sisters begin to understand their mother, and why their relationship with her had been as difficult as it was when they were growing up, and they all work together to try and create a better future for their mother, Lauren and Mack. Jenna's secret is not revealed until a lot later in the story, at least, not to the people that it affects. All the characters and the situations they find themselves in feel very real, and the problems are solved by hard work and determination. Sixteen years old Mack finds a group of real friends at her new school, and learns a huge amount about a subject that really interests her, which gives her the knowledge and satisfaction of being able to be part of the solution to their problems. The Happy Ever After when it comes is even more satisfying than usual because you just know that all of them are going to get their wishes fulfilled. There is so much emotion in the story, you laugh and cry and despair with all of them along the way. All of it feels absolutely in keeping with the tone of the story, I really hope that Sarah writes more stand-alone books like this, she is clearly very, very good at this type of book, as well as her series books. Very well worth reading. I received an ARC from the publisher, via NetGalle, and am delighted to write an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
  • It’s 5 Stars from me. There is so much depth to this story it kept me engaged from beginning to end.

    5
    By sloantate
    How to Keep a Secret is a departure from the previous kind of story that Sarah Morgan has written but she has managed to keep her unique voice in this new venture. There is a lot going on this book, with three generations of the same family all with their own life complications, the story interweaves their different points of view, which helps to keep the characters and plot well rounded and kept me gripped. I would literally be seen walking down the street with my nose in the book, well until it started raining on me and I reluctantly wanted to protect the pages. This story will stay with me for a long time, a rarity in this day and age of ebooks, but there are many points in the story which resonate with me, which for me is high praise to the author. If you are looking for a world to escape to for an afternoon or a weekend, I thoroughly recommend this book.
  • Totally Absorbing

    5
    By HeyerF4n
    Wow, what an incredible book! I loved it! A story about three generations, relationships, family and love. The bond between the two sisters was especially touching. I was sad when the book finished as I wanted to continue reading. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.