What they say: Your Secret’s Safe With Me
Career girl Becca Gates’ organised life is thrown into chaos when her mother, romantic novelist Pearl, announces her surprise engagement to Jack, a man she has only just met.
Worse news follows when Pearl tells Becca she intends to leave London, quit writing, and retire to her new fiancé’s idyllic waterside home on the south coast. Becca is determined to prevent Pearl from making a disastrous mistake, but when she at arrives at Rivermede, more shocks await when she stumbles upon a familiar yet unwelcome face from her past.
As Pearl embraces her new life amongst the local sailing fraternity, Becca receives a grim warning that all is not as calm as it seems at picturesque Rivermede, and if she wants to keep her family safe, she should keep them away.
But why should Becca trust the man who has betrayed her before, the man who broke her heart, the man who thinks he knows all her secrets?
The Review: Oh my wordy word! What a non stop, can’t rip your eyes away from, don’t know what’s going to happen gem! Obviously from the blurb you see that this is the story of Becca Gates, only it isn’t just that, it’s also the story of Pearl Gates (what a great name!) whose story we open with in the form of a prologue. We then move to her daughter Becca, who seems to despair of her mother, and her brother Freddy who is younger. I jumped straight in, loving the flouncing but likeable Pearl, who is an author of romance novels, and her less than enthusiastic, editor daughter, who is actually the first person narrator, but who I worried I mightn’t like. Sure she had every right to be worried, her mother is marrying a many she’s only known for weeks and who everyone assumes is her junior by years, but Becca’s concern doesn’t seem to come from there, instead she’s worried she’ll lose her home and possibly her job, as her mother has decided her four books a year, give the crowd what they want job isn’t what SHE wants any more. Luckily I soon settled into Becca’s personality (hard not to, as she brings you around all the drama that’s going on!)
There’s their move to a new house in the form of Pearl’s fiancé’s house, which comes complete with all forms of wealth, privilege and help, his son who does not approve of any of this, Freddy (Becca’s brother) suddenly having to find his own feet, the appearance of a person from Becca’s past, and not only that, but something serious is going down in Rivermede! Alongside this I of course have to say how much I enjoyed the writing references that come with Pearl being an author and Becca now researching the story of Stella Markham, who has a past that wasn’t compatible with her continuing to become a sailing champion.
I loved the drama and romance, savoured the secrets and the fantastic setting, along with historic references and relished, well, it all really! Read in a night and I have to say thanks so much to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for introducing me to a genre and author I’ll be visiting again.
Rosie Travers grew up in Southampton on the south coast of England and loved escaping into a good book at a very early age. After many years juggling motherhood and a variety of jobs in local government she moved to Southern California in 2009. With time on her hands she started a blog about the perils of ex-pat life which rekindled a teenage desire to become a writer. Now permanently settled back in the UK, Rosie takes inspiration from the towns and landscape of her native south coast and enjoys writing heart-warming stories sprinkled with mystery, tragedy, comedy and romance. Rosie’s debut novel, The Theatre of Dreams, was published by Crooked Cats Books in August 2018. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.
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