The Art of Keeping Secrets: A Novel

The Art of Keeping Secrets: A Novel

by Rachael Johns


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Some Secrets Weren’t Meant to Be Kept…

They started out as the “misfit moms”—the trio of less-than-conventional parents at their sons’ tiny private school. They’ve shared everything. Or so they thought. Now, on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to New York City, they’ll sightsee, they’ll shop, they’ll catch a few Broadway shows. They’ll tell all…

After seventeen years as a single parent, Neve will reveal a past sin that could destroy her relationship with her son. Emma will uncover the roots of her exhaustion and divulge the inappropriate feelings she has for her boss. And Flick—who knows a little about crafting a flawless exterior—will share the shocking truth that lies beneath the veneer of her perfect marriage.

When the tight hold they’ve each kept on their secrets for years begins to slip, they must face the truth. Even if the truth will forever alter the course of their friendship and their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778330400
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Edition description: Original
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,197,077
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a chronic arachnophobic, and a writer the rest of the time. She rarely sleeps and never irons. A lover of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She lives in Western Australia with her hyperactive husband, three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training, two fat cats, a cantankerous bird and a very badly behaved dog.
Rachael loves to hear from readers and can be contacted via her website –, Facebook or Twitter.

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The Art of Keeping Secrets: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tiggeruoSO More than 1 year ago
Secrets can be a good thing or a bad thing. When three friends are faced with secrets that no one else knows about they are forced to decide if it's worth keeping a secret anymore or will it hurt those they love even more and maybe something's are better left private. Three best friends come together to help each other through life trials and the ups and downs, but when they each are faced with a secret they wonder how they will get through it and come out alive. I wasn't sure what I thought of this book, I was torn through out this book. I didn't feel like I could relate or connect with the characters. As the story went on you realize that while each are faced with something life changing it wasn't about connecting with them but see the value in friendship. I loved how each of of the women stood firm in the weakness but also stood with each other. Over all I did enjoy this book. There are some taboo subjects and some very tough subjects discussed throughout this book I would say this book is deep and if you are not looking of a deep book right now grab one of Racheal's other books and then come grab this one. You seriously will learn a lot from this about friendships and just standing in when someone needs a little help.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Great read! An excellent delve into the relationship of three friends and how twists and turns change their lives. I didn’t like the ending, I wanted to find out more of how things worked out, but overall I was really invested in each of their lives and kept turning page after page to see what was going to happen next. Strong characters, three meaningful plots that meld together through their friendship and show us what true friends should be! Three of the more unconventional moms forge a friendship when their sons begin high school at an elite private school. Throughout their time there, they share the ups and downs of life and motherhood, their children form friendships together, and they’re like family to each other. Now it’s almost time for the boys to graduate and times are changing. Genevieve Taylor (Neve) has been a single parent for her son Will’s whole life, but life is going to change when she’s forced to reveal a secret past that she hadn’t shared with anyone previously. Her friends accompany her on a trip to New York to be supportive while she tries to get some answers and rectify some mistakes. Emma McLoughlin has been trying her best to survive after an unexpected divorce a few years ago, but she’s to the point of falling apart exhausted. Her son Caleb and younger twin daughters are the light of her life, but having to deal with her ex is nothing she looks forward to. To top it all off, she’s inappropriately crushing on her boss! Felicity Bell (Flick) has the perfect life … or so it seems … a darling son Toby who is ready to graduate and prosper in life, a daughter ready to start a new chapter in her life and a devoted husband. What nobody knows are the secrets that are hidden behind the walls of their house … secrets that are going to be exposed that will devastate each of their lives.