EXCERPT: It all happened so quickly – a blur, the blood, screams and shock. So much shock. My mind is still spinning with disbelief, that this happened to my child, but I know if it stops spinning the guilt will rush in, along with the terror. This is all my fault. I can’t escape that awful reality, that I could have stopped all of this if I’d seen it coming. . . I could have kept you safe, and I didn’t.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: ‘Is her life as easy and effortless as it seems from the outside? Or is she feeling lonely, all by herself in that big house, an evening stretching out in front of her just as it is for me?’
When Tessa arrives at the little house by the lake with her two children Ben and Katherine, it is an escape. For all of them. Never mind that the rental house is a bit small – it’s theirs for the summer. A place to hide…
Their isolation is disrupted when they meet the family from the big house next door. Three children Charlotte, Zoe and Max and their glamorous mother Rebecca – who seems absolutely determined to invite Tessa in to their lives.
But Rebecca is harbouring a dark secret of her own. One that will put not only her family at risk, but Tessa’s too. And when she discovers she has no option but to leave her children for several weeks, Tessa feels like the only person she can trust.
Suddenly Tessa finds herself living a life she could only have dreamed of. Wealth, a large brood of children, and Rebecca’s handsome husband Josh visiting at weekends.
But even as powerful bonds are forming between them, secrets have a way of catching up with people. And as the summer comes to an end, who will learn to love again and who will risk losing everything?
MY THOUGHTS: If you have ever felt envious of someone else’s seemingly perfect life, then this is the read for you. It’s quite odd, because just before I started reading The Secrets We Keep by Kate Hewitt, a friend and I had been discussing this very thing, how some people appear to just sail through life with everything falling into place while others struggle with various aspects of their lives. We came to two conclusions: either they led exemplary past lives and are being rewarded in this one, or they are masters at papering over the cracks and showing people only what they want them to see. We also decided that if the first theory is true, then neither of us have much hope for a great next life either! But, onto the book. . .
The Secrets We Keep provides a lot of food for thought. We are probably all guilty of envying someone else’s life, of taking our partners and friends for granted, of wishing our children were smarter or better behaved or more socially adept. We love them, but all the same. . . there’s always that ‘if only’ lurking in the backs of our minds. There are wonderful things about our partners and children that we don’t see, because we are too busy wanting them to be what we want instead of letting them be themselves.
This book is a good reminder to see and appreciate what we have, to remember why we fell in love with our partners in the first place, to remember and honor the promises we made our children when we first held them in our arms. Although I thought it got a little ‘preachy’, at one point, it is a book that I enjoyed.
THE AUTHOR: Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of many books of women’s fiction and romance. Her latest releases are A Mother’s Goodbye and A Vicarage Wedding. Under the name Katharine Swartz, she is the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell.
She likes to read women’s fiction, mystery and thrillers, and historical novels. She particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.
Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Secrets We Keep by Kate Hewitt for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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