Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Secrets We Share by Emma Hannigan

Clara Conway is a woman with secrets.
But consequently Clara's family is in the process of falling apart. Her son Max emigrated to the US years ago and she has yet to meet her teenage granddaughter, Nathalie ... because Max and his mother no longer speak. 
Meanwhile Clara's daughter Ava is fighting for a piece of happiness. When Clara unexpectedly reaches out to Nathalie and her niece comes to visit, Ava's thoughts turn to Max, the brother she loved and lost. The brother whose abrupt disappearance left the Conway family heartbroken.
When Nathalie finds a pile of torn, faded letters, she unlocks the door to Clara's past. Can Nathalie's time with her grandmother start to right some very old wrongs? And can Clara find a way to reach out to Max and thereby begin to heal the whole family once more? 
After all, some secrets are meant to be shared ...

When Clara's husband passes away she decides to hire a private investigator to find her son who left home twenty years ago after a family argument. She finds out that he is now living in America and has a seventeen year old daughter. From her home in Ireland Clara writes to her granddaughter Nathalie introducing herself and inviting her to visit.
Tragic circumstances find Nathalie's mother reading the letter first and arranging for her daughter to go and stay with her newly found grandmother or Oma as she's called. 
This part of the story is set in present day but through letters we find out along with Nathalie the reason why Clara's parents brought her from Austria to live in Ireland.
Clara's daughter Ava has never recovered from what she thought as her brother's betrayal and is not looking forward to meeting her niece. Many secrets will be revealed and old wounds re- opened before healing can begin.

I cried my eyes out reading this book. I loved Clara she's the grandmother everyone should have and yet she's been deprived of her granddaughter's childhood. She is so accepting and forgiving and when you read about her background it will break your heart too.
The book flowed seamlessly from present day to war time in Austria and Germany and I found it so hard to put it down. The ending was....I'm not going to reveal it but I cried many tears. 
This is the first book I've read by Emma Hannigan but it won't be my last.

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