I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My Mother's Secret by Sheila O'Flanagan
Published by Headline Review on July 2, 2015
Genres: Chick-lit, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
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When Steffie helps her two siblings organize a surprise wedding anniversary party for their parents her only worry is whether they'll be pleased. What she doesn't know is this is the day that her whole world will be turned upside down.
Jenny wants to be able to celebrate her ruby anniversary with the man she loves, but for forty years she has kept a secret. A secret that she can't bear to hide any longer. But is it ever the right time to hurt the people closest to you?
As the entire family gather to toast the happy couple, they're expecting a day to remember. The trouble is, it's not going to be for the reasons they imagined...
So My Mother’s Secret is another great book from Shelia O’Flanagan, and it is amazing to think that this is her twentieth novel! And as I already love her books this was going to be a winner for me.
I quite liked that the story is set in a short period of time – only a couple of days and then set three months later. But to make up for this there are a lot of characters, all who have their own unique view point and all who have their own problems and secrets to deal with. Basically this party is a simmering pot waiting for the secrets to explode out of it!
Overall it was funny, sad and thought-provoking and makes me entirely grateful that my family parties have never ended like this. If there are any secrets in my family please keep them quiet!
Also it reminds us of a very important lesson – DO NOT LIE – the family will find out and they will get grumpy with you. Well that is to be expected right? But some of the secrets are so big, that the question really becomes whether we can ever really forgive the lie? Is it ever right to keep secrets, and if you have what is the ripple effect of keeping that secret for so long?
My Mother’s Secret was a fun pleasing read, with the right amount of tension, a dash of romance and a great read to relax with, what more could you ask for?