Just finished reading Secrets From The Past by Barbara Taylor Bradford.
It has been awhile since I have read one of her books and I was intrigued by this book on the shelf. The last book I read by her was Letter From A Stranger which I loved but I must say I was a little disappointed with this one.
This is a novel of deeply-buried secrets, passionate love, obsession and redemption.
Thirty-year old Serena Stone is a talented war photographer who has followed in her father's footsteps. But when he dies unexpectedly in France, she steps away from the war zone weary of years of danger. She decides to write her father's own story and approaches Harry Redford, his best friend and front line colleague. Harry wants her to go to Venice to take care of Zac North, her former lover, who has come out of Afghanistan suffering from mental and physical exhaustion.
The scene shifts to Nice, where Serena reconnects with her older twin sisters, Cara and Jessica, at a villa inherited from their late mother, a movie star . It isn’t until half way through that a riveting 'secret from the past' emerges. Whilst sifting through her father’s iconic archives, Serena finds photographs revealing that Tommy may have had a brief affair with another war photographer named Val. There are photos of a pregnant Val, with a caption suggesting that Serena may not be a movie star’s daughter. Serena can get no confirmation of her origins from her sisters or Harry. Then Zac distracts her from this dilemma with another. Although he promised to give up war-zone reporting, he wants to go to Libya to cover the rebellion against Gadhafi. He insists on taking Serena, now his fiancée, with him. Serena eventually agrees when she finds out that Val is now in Libya. But that’s not the most distressing information she’s withholding from Zac. I won't spoil it any further!
I found it dragged in parts. The characters all sounded the same and some of the sentences were repetitive . I just felt that there was a connection missing. Overall the story line was good.
First I would like to thank both Netgalley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to review this gorgeous book for an honest review.
Just finished the latest from Emma Davies, Lucy's Book Club for the Lost and Found which I couldn't put down. Such a lovely cast of characters which truly come alive on the page. I felt that I was right there with them. So I am just home!
So let's meet them, first we have of course, Lucy who is the library's temporary manager. She is doing a great job of running the local library. She is in her early twenties and is a very caring person who will go to great lengths to help everyone and we see this especially with the members of her little book group but what about Lucy herself and her dreams? Will she stop to think about herself first before everyone else?
Next we have Callum, he finds solace in the library away from his family who are nothing like him. He is shy and very unsure of himself. His family have caused his …
First, I would like to thank both Netgalley and
Harper Impulse for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest
review. I was delighted to read the latest from Jules
Wake as I really enjoyed ‘From Paris with Love’ and even better Covent Garden in the Snow is based
around Christmas and is now my new favourite! Here we meet Tilly Hunter who works at the
London Metropolitan Opera Company in the make-up department. Tilly loves
working here and is really passionate about her work. The only thing she hates
is using the computer which she tends to avoid and a prime example is when she
sends a personal email which ends up being sent to the entire company and to
make matters worse she opens an attachment and downloads a virus. Conveniently
the LMOC have just hired Marcus, the new IT Director and poor Tilly is forced against
her will to take lessons to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again. So once the lessons begin both Tilly and Marcus
do not get along partly because she …
First off I want to thank Christine Nolfi for sending me a copy of Sweet Lake in exchange for a review which I was only too delighted to do. This is the first book I have read by Christine and it won't be my last!
This novel is set in a small town called Sweet Lake, in Ohio. Now while Christine introduces a whole cast of fantastic characters our main two characters are Linnie Mayfair and her friend Daniel Kettering who is the local Attorney.
Linnie runs the Mayfair Inn, which is a family business along with her two friends Jada and Cat. She has been trying to get the Inn back on track after her brother Freddie stole family funds and ran off to California to become a director. Now he is back ready to cause mayhem which he excels in and Linnie discovers some shocking news which will turn her life unexpectedly upside down. Family drama to follow!
Daniel who has been trying to get Linnie's attention for years finds himself stuck in the middle of the two siblings. But…