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Monday, 28 May 2018

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About Her Secret

When one door closes, another opens, or so the saying goes.

After being in a long-term relationship for eight years, Audrey Fox never thought she'd tie the knot. But at the age of forty-two, fate throws her a lifeline and she finally has it all - a loving husband, successful career, beautiful family and loyal friends. Life couldn't be better for Audrey ... until a family member entrusts her with a secret that threatens trouble in paradise.

Lying to her new husband definitely wasn't on the cards when Audrey took her vows, but now she feels there's no other choice. She either keeps the secret or risks hurting the people that she loves. And then just when the dust seems to settle, an old flame turns up and creates a storm that could bring her world crashing down ...

Unable to discuss her dilemma with her significant friends Louise and Tina, or sister-in-law Vicky, the cracks begin to show. Torn between her husband and the people she's known and loved for years, Audrey's perfect life begins to spiral out of control. Where do her loyalties lie and  whom can she trust? Because there's no smoke without fire and everyone has secrets ... don't they?

My review of Her Secret

Her Secret is the second instalment in the story of the fabulous Audrey Fox, and follow up to No Way Back (which I absolutely loved)! It was therefore with great excitement that I began to read Her Secret, and I'm so glad to say that it didn't disappoint. It's a fabulous breathtaking read. It can be read as a standalone novel, but to gain the absolute best of this book, I suggest that you read No Way Back, before embarking on this book.

So,  Her Secret continues the fast paced and somewhat turbulent life of Audrey Fox, a forty-two-year old woman whose life is never straightforward, and I loved her for it. At the beginning of this book she is married to Daniel after a whirlwind romance and finds herself having to adjust to life as a newly married woman, and stepmum to Daniel's twenty-nine-year old daughter. Her life is so completely different to how we met her in No Way Back, and I understood completely her need for change and stability.

This story is built around one huge secret, and many other smaller secrets. As the blurb suggests, we all have secrets, but, the one that Audrey harbours could shatter everything. This storyline fascinated me. Who could Audrey trust with her secret? Should she keep the secret? And for me, the real question was, is Daniel really as good as he seems? I loved Daniel in No Way Back, but as his character evolved in Her Secret, I was less sure of him.

There are so many wonderful characters in this book. All of them have chaotic lives and just help to add to the energy and life of the book. The final third of the book in particular was very fast paced, with lots going on and I was very much reluctantt to put it down, as I needed to unearth the truth about what was going on.

This is such a multilayerred book about modern life and the modern family. It has serious moments, gasp out loud shocking moments, and some very touching and laugh out loud moments. I thoroughly enjoyed Her Secret. I also loved the ending. Although it completely surprised me,  I also knew it couldn't have  ended any other way.

With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the Advanced Review Copy.

Her Secret was publishrd by Urbane Publications on17 May 2018. It can be found on Amazon here.

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