Some people are good at keeping secrets but some secrets are never meant to be kept...
Two distant relatives are drawn together and forced to confront their pasts. A bittersweet story for fans of Patricia Scanlan and Adele Parks.
The beautiful old Bath House in Ballytokeep has lain empty and abandoned for decades. For devoted pensioners Archie and Iris, it holds too many conflicting memories of their adolescent dalliances and tragic consequences - sometimes it's better to leave the past where it belongs.
For highflying, top London divorce lawyer Kate Hunt, it's a fresh start – maybe even her future. On a winter visit to see her estranged Aunt Iris she falls in love with the Bath House. Inspired, she moves to Ballytokeep leaving her past heartache 600 miles away – but can you ever escape your past or your destiny?
What people are saying about SECRETS WE KEEP:
'This is a beautifully written story of second chances, starting afresh and reconciling with the past'
'This book is something really different, one to escape into and an author I'm loving more and more with every book'
'Heartwarming, hopeful, amazing'
'Full of interest, complexity and intrigue'
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About the Author
Faith lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and two very fussy cats. She has an Hons Degree in English Literature and Psychology, has worked as a fashion model and in the intellectual disability and mental health sector.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The author’s writing style was both challenging and rewarding. On the challenging side, I had a difficult time settling into the flow of the storyline. I do enjoy a novel that weaves memories and flashbacks into the present day story—but, I read many chapters before I settled into the characters’ stories and organized everything in my mind. While I found the past-to-present a bit challenging at first—it did create a much stronger story with more deeply developed characters. Aside from weaving a story across decades and developing strong characters; the author creates settings that readers will fall into and wish they could stay. So, while, I had a difficult time with the author’s flow over several chapters; once I caught it—it worked really well. Readers should not over analyze. There were many times that a character I thought knew so well behaved unexpectedly. I caught myself saying, “After all of that? Why would she….” There are some surprises and some turns throughout the book that were a little hard for me to find realistic—but, even at that, the book did create a very full story with those bittersweet, love story elements. Would I recommend Secrets We Keep? I did enjoy this book, but, it required a bit of focus for a while as I organized the many characters and the past/present scenes in my mind. I would recommend this book to romance novel fans who enjoy deeper family stories and character connections.
In Faith Hogan’s poignant novel The Secrets We Keep, two distant relatives are drawn together by circumstance and are forced to face their pasts and the secrets they have kept. Kate Hart is a very successful, although dissatisfied, London divorce lawyer. Following the funeral of her Grandmother, she meets her Great Aunt Iris. Iris extends an invitation for Kate to visit the family home in Ballytokeep, Ireland. Immediately Kate is drawn to Ballytokeep feeling that this is where she belongs and decides to put her career and London behind her. She has fallen in love with her Great Aunt Iris, and her husband Archie, the beaches and the old Bath House along the beach. But slowly, the secrets kept by Kate, Iris, Archie, Robert, Rock-star Todd Riggs and all the cast of characters unfold into a bittersweet romance filled with loss and enduring love. Ballytokeep is an idyllic location with picturesque descriptions that bring it alive in the readers mind. The characters are well thought out, multilayered with a past and present that adds to the story as it unfolds. I like the strong character of Kate who knew what she wanted and was not afraid to go after it and also the characters Iris and Archie and their love for each other as they age. The story lines are complex, switching seamlessly from the 1950’s to the present day, drawing the reader to a different time and place and a different way of life. With writing that builds tension in the story to the gradual unfolding of the secrets kept, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Secrets We Keep and would recommend joining Kate in her journey towards happiness. I was given an ARC of this book by NetGalley and Aria Publishing with no obligation to review it. This is my honest review after reading.
The cover of this book is simply stunning and when Faith asked if I would like to participate in the blog tour I must confess it was the vibrant colours that swayed me. A tale of discovery .. set in the past and present it slips naturally from one segment of the family to another. Kate is the modern day woman, she has her lucrative life in London but feels lonely even when surrounded by people. She is nursing a broken heart and when acquainted with her great-aunt decides to take a break from the humdrum life and go to stay with Iris and Archie in Ireland. In a divine sounding place called Ballytokeep (what a wonderful name!) here she can lose herself to the peace and quiet, sounds of the sea and windswept walks. Iris herself has not had an easy life and is harbouring secrets .. my heart bled for her and she soon became my favourite character. If she was born a generation later life would have been so incredibly different. However she had Archie and he loved her dearly. This is a book full of charm, family dramas, love, loss and shows how one tiny secret can spiral over the years. It takes a little time to fully absorb who all the characters are and who is related to who but once it becomes clear it is a delight to read. I particularly enjoyed the older parts .. while Kate is a complex person and has so much going for her it was the 1950’s which really held my attention. This could be classified as a boy meets girl, things go wrong, change direction type book that would be undermining a deep, meaningful saga. It is written beautifully and the passion for the area shines through, it’s so descriptive I could almost taste the sea air. Well done Faith this is a splendid book which will capture a few hearts. Thanks to Netgalley, Aria etc .. I read and reviewed voluntarily.