Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Secret by Kathryn Hughes

Mary has been nursing a secret.
Forty years ago, she made a choice that would change her world for ever, and alter the path of someone she holds dear.
Beth is searching for answers. She has never known the truth about her parentage, but finding out could be the lifeline her sick child so desperately needs. When Beth finds a faded newspaper cutting amongst her mother's things, she realises the key to her son's future lies in her own past. She must go back to where it all began to unlock...The Secret.

This story is about ordinary people who find themselves in an extraordinary set of circumstances and do what they think is best at the time. Later one of them discovers that she may have made the wrong choice and deeply regrets what she did.

 Beth's mother Mary has died and Beth is clearing out her house. She is hoping to find answers about who her father is as her mother was always vague about him. Beth's son is ill and she needs to find family connections to him to save his life. When she finds a letter and a cutting from a newspaper she has no idea what this could mean for her.
The other storyline is about Mary, newly married and looked forward to a life with her new husband but when he is lost in a pit disaster her life falls apart. A year later and trip to Blackpool with a mixed bunch of friends from a local pub. We hear of their lives and how they all came to be together on that day.
What happens on the trip will have a direct effect on the future and Beth and her son.

There are so many spoilers on Amazon that I beg you not to read any if you want to enjoy this book. It has a few twists and turns which some people like to spoil by complaining about them on Amazon, so keep away have been warned.
I enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. It had a lovely ending and sometimes you just need that in a book it sends you to a happy place. I loved Kathryn's last book The Letter and I loved this one equally.
Out in paperback or only 99p for kindle download. here

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