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June 27, 2017


The Art of Keeping Secrets
  • Number: B01MXO0EY3
  • Release: September 1, 2017
  • Author: Rachael Johns
  • Availability: E-Book
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: MIRA

Some Secrets Weren't Meant to Be Kept…  They started out as the "misfit moms"—the trio of less-than-conventional parents at their sons' tony private school. They've shared everything. Or so they thought. Now, on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to New York City, they'll sightsee, they'll shop, they'll catch a few Broadway shows. They'll tell all…  After seventeen years as a single parent, Neve will reveal a past sin that could destroy her relationship with her son. Emma will uncover the roots of her exhaustion and divulge the inappropriate feelings she has for her boss. And Flick—who knows a little about crafting a flawless exterior—will share the shocking truth that lies beneath the veneer of her perfect marriage.  When the tight hold they've each kept on their secrets for years begins to slip, they must face the truth. Even if the truth will forever alter the course of their friendship and their lives. (from Night Owl Reviews)


Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a chronic arachnophobic, and a writer the rest of the time. She rarely sleeps and never irons. A lover of contemporary romance and women's fiction. She lives in Western Australia with her hyperactive husband, three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training, two fat cats, a cantankerous bird and a very badly behaved dog.
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Secrets, we all have them.   Some should stay secret forever and others, well they need to come to light.    We are give three misfit mothers, not your typical mothers at all and they were close, sharing all.  At least they thought so.The author gives these three women real issues, issues that aren't easy to face.   I liked the way the author had three women who were friends, trusted each other and shared everything with each other, but there's a flip side to that.  When those long coveted secrets come out, there may be a price to be paid.  The author wrote this book in rather  a different way,  Each chapter focused on one woman at a time and yet as the story goes on, the three women, Felicity, Emma and Neve and molded as one. The author gives characters you can relate to.  You as the reader may have been in the same situation.  This wasn't a romance book, which was refreshing.   Yes there are bits and pieces of romance here and there but it isn't the focus of the book.  As I read the book I found that my emotions were going all over the place, everything from happiness to sadness and even at times, anger.  It was refreshing also to see how the three women supported each other. They were there during the hard and bad times and the good.   They weren't fair weather friends at all.  The secrets kept were kept between the women, not each individual woman but all three.   The three reveal truths that have been kept hidden, some shocking but the three stood beside each other and those secrets were kept between them.
The author shows that although the outside looks good and that everything is alright behind that smile, that may not be the case inside.  Every woman, no, everyone, needs someone that they can trust with those hidden secrets.  Truly trust.  The book was well written with characters that you felt you knew, that you would want as friends and secrets, oh those secrets that we all hold.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Night Owl Reviews and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 3.5 STARS.

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