Thursday, July 17, 2014
Book Review: The Secret Keeper
"During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.
Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.
Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world."
I read this book as part of the Literary Junkies book club and at first was not very excited since I had read another book by this author before and found it a little slow, but this one was much quicker. It also helps that I already have a love of historical fiction books set around WWII. The way that the author set up the whole story for the ending was amazing. I still am not a big fan of books that jump back and forth in time ever chapter, but this one only had a couple different dates so it wasn't as bad. I would recommend this book to people for a nice summer read and am glad I went along with the schedule and decided to read it. Overall I liked it enough to give the author another chance. I guess this teaches me that I probably should do that more from now on anyway.