Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!
1961: On a sweltering summer’s day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy called Billy, a move to London, and the bright future she can’t wait to seize. But before the idyllic afternoon is over, Laurel will have witnessed a shocking crime that changes everything. 2011: Now a much-loved actress, Laurel finds herself overwhelmed by shades of the past. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history. A tale of three strangers from vastly different worlds – Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy – who are brought together by chance in wartime London and whose lives become fiercely and fatefully entwined.
If you know me, you probably already know that I’m a massive Kate Morton fan and the only reason why I haven’t featured her yet on the blog is because I’ve been waiting for her new release for over two years now. I’ve been wondering which book I should talk about first (publication order maybe?) but I decided I would go for my personal favorite, The Secret Keeper.
While I love The House At Riverton, The Distant Hours and The Forgotten Garden (The Lake House was my least favorite, kind of a disappointment), the one that truly won me over was her fourth novel, The Secret Keeper. And I know this is completely subjective because I’ve talked to plenty of people who found the book too long and “wordy” and even my mother struggled with it. I didn’t. I absolutely loved every page and I hope you feel the same.
To be honest, this was already my favorite book of hers but the moment I got to that ending… I can only think of that expression: “excuse me while I pick my jaw up off of the floor”. Kate Morton is certainly known because of her twist endings, but that one was simply incredible and I think I’ve never been more shocked/happy/emotional.