Monday, August 11

Past Secrets

Title: Past Secrets

Author: Cathy Kelly

Pages: 512

Summary: (From Cathy Kelly's Website) From the outside, the welcoming houses of Summer Street are the picture of Irish charm. But on the inside, unexpected secrets swirl. At number thirty-two, hardworking single-mother Faye Reid conceals the truth about her marriage from her fiery daughter, Amber. But Amber, a budding artist, also hides something from her all-too-trusting mother….

At number forty-eight, Maggie Maguire arrives at her childhood home to help her sick mother, a welcome distraction from the life she left behind and the startling secret she’s hiding – from herself.

At thirty-four Summer Street, wise and kind Christie Devlin has the remarkable ability to see into the lives and hearts of others. But when her own past comes back to haunt her – posing a threat to her picture-perfect marriage – this time, the answers aren’t as clear.

My Rating: 6.5-7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The Book was fairly good. It wasn't great, but it was still a good read. It's a little slow moving at times, but the characters are likable so you actually care enough to finish the book and continue to see what happens with their lives and dilemmas. One great thing about the book is that the character's have faults and secrets and lies and whatnot, and it's the kind then majority of the readers would have, as are the struggles. I like that in stories, the character's seem much more real, when you can relate to them or they go through similar struggles (or even just have them have "ordinary jobs"). This is a bit of a horrible description, but I can't really convey what I mean. If you compare this to Who You Know by Theresa Alan you'll get what I mean. My biggest issue of the book was that it was a little drawn out so it got boring at times. But I enjoyed the story overall and the characters. It's a perfect chick-lit or "womens-lit" book club read.

Would I recommend it to read: I'd recommend this to read. Anyone who enjoys chick-lit, women's lit, and related book clubs. Also lifetime stories, becoming of one's self. If you enjoy that type of story, then this is for you.

What to read next: Other work by Cathy Kelly would be a good place to start. I have Always and Forever and Best of Friends on my shelf (waiting to be read). But they would be good choices.

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