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Secrets from the Past
     

Secrets from the Past

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by Barbara Taylor Bradford
 

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Secrets from the Past is an epic, emotional novel of deeply-buried secrets, passionate love, obsession, and redemption from blockbuster bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford

At thirty years old, American photojournalist Serena Stone has already made a name for herself with her dramatic coverage of wars in the Middle East, following in her

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Secrets from the Past 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
So – I should admit right here and now that Barbara Taylor Bradford was my gateway author to the romance genre.  A favorite of my grandmother and great aunt, I would grab her books from their bedside tables and sneak off to read: devouring each book as soon as it appeared.  To have the opportunity to read one of her books for review was a major source of excitement.  And, Secrets from the Past did not disappoint in the least.   Focusing on Serena, a recently retired from the front war photographer, we are slowly introduced into her life, as she reflects on her past while compiling her father’s photos into a memoir composite.  Recovering from her father’s death, the end of her first serious relationship, and at a bit of loose ends, she is the main point of view to guide us through her story.  One peppered with loving family memories, travel, antiquated clichés from her grandmother, and continuous ‘watching over’ by her father’s best friend and boss, Harry.   Add to this, other story lines that involve Serena’s twin sisters, a co-worker, the maintenance for the house the three inherited from their parents in Nice, the Arab Spring uprisings, and a series of photographs that provide only questions with few answers, the different threads all weave a beautiful pattern of a life of a woman well loved and cared for by family and co-workers alike.  The pages flew by, highlighted by descriptions of Venice, Nice, New York and Libya the sense of the worldliness of characters and the story was heightened and the descriptions helped to place visual references for the characters and scenes, making them more familiar.  The addition of information about PTSD and the oddly chaotic behavior patterns gives readers a solid sense of the difficulties experienced by those who suffer, and the glimpses into a photojournalists life felt like an introductory course in “can you manage this?”.    The multiple story lines weave together to provide the reader with visual and tactile references and an emotional understanding of the story that enriches in a way that just reading words would never do without the author’s skilled writing.  Emotionally complex characters, with defined personalities and solid voices all present fact and display relationship dynamics that are easy to relate to real lives. Mingled with a touch of romance and sensually detailed intimate scenes that are a feast for the imagination, the connections romantic and familial are solid, defined and palpable.  Solid writing, great characters, compelling action, glamor and secrets all combine to make this book a very good read – one that many can and will enjoy.  I received a Galley Copy from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
jac38 More than 1 year ago
I was a little disappointed with this book. I picked it up because I remember reading A Woman of Substance years ago. This book doesn't even compare to it. As I was reading it, I felt like it was not written by the same author. The story isn't bad, it's just not great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Barbara Taylor Bradford's books and this one is no exception. She knows how to make her characters real and their stories believable. There is nothing better than spending an afternoon with Barbara Taylor Bradford! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it highly.
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The only word to describe this book is "Stupid"! I am halfway through this book and am still looking for a storyline or plot. I may not bother to finish the book. There are too many others to read.
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Joanne Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Once again Barbara Taylor Bradford writes a contemporary novel with strong women at its core and their men beside them to be there to support them, love them and be there when needed. Secrets From the Past did not disappoint – my interest was captivated from the first page to the last. There was closure through the epilogue but there seemed to be much more story to tell although all the loose ends were tied up neatly and I would love to meet up with Jessica, Cara and Serena again but don’t think we will. This book had wonderful characters with many layers to each of them as well as many different facets to their relationships based on who was interacting with who. But through it all the love the three Stone sisters had for each other, their deceased parents, Harry, and the men they loved shined through. The scenery was vivid and descriptive whether in Nice, Venice, Tripoli or other locations so much so that I could picture the places in my mind’s eye. There was romance, love, sorrow, heartache, secrets, war, family, friends, loved ones, good food, some laughter and tears throughout. Bradford has been one of my favorite authors since I read A Woman of Substance back in 1980. Since then I have always looked forward to the release of her next book. If you haven’t read her books before add her to your TBR pile. You’ll be glad you did! Favorite Quote: …I thought: Secrets. All families must have secrets. It can’t just be ours.
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iowashort More than 1 year ago
I must admit, I found myself struggling with this even though I like Bradford's books. I thought it was slow to get started and did not finish it.
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I always enjoy Bradford, but this wasn't my favorite. Her earlier novels had more plot, and the characters were much more interesting. I'd rather re-read A Woman of Substance than this one.
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Rosie0 More than 1 year ago
Really like the author and enjoyed the book very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I had read this book without knowing who the author was, I would have never, ever guessed it was by Barbara Taylor Bradford. It seemed very amateurish, with all the "she said", "he said" and  " I said" sentences. It was disjointed and without depth. I have always loved her books, so this one was a huge disappointment.
LynDenise More than 1 year ago
Just one more fantastic book by Barbara Taylor Bradford! Another one that was very hard to put down!
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Very predictable.
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