Lauren has her home and her life in England in perfect order, until one afternoon-everything becomes a disaster.
Her sister, Jenna, across the pond comes to the rescue but has struggles of her own.
Little do they know, their own mother also has secrets of her own that may tear the family apart.
Can these three find a way to work together and work though these issues?
This book was heavy! I cried with the characters, I laughed with the characters, I felt second-hand embarrassment. Basically, this book has all of the feels and I absolutely loved it. Just when you think it can’t get worse, it often does. The images we portray are a mask for the secrets we keep. Thankfully, there is some scandal, humor, and hope thrown in to lighten the mood at times when it gets almost too dark.
How To Keep A Secret is different from the previous books that I have read from Sarah Morgan, the From Manhattan With Love series (see reviews: #1 , #2, #3, #4 , #5, #6, #7 ) in the sense that the perspectives alternate from more than just the two main characters. On the other hand, this book was compares in the way that it dealt with more than one crisis at a time. But this one had four surprising crises! However, Sarah Morgan wrote this novel so fluidly that it all blended together well in a realistic “when it rains, it pours” sense. For me, it also helped with the pace. The emotions were so raw at times that I had to put the book down as the pain that each of these characters are going through is very evident. Most prominent were: grief, frustration, regret, and panic.
My favorite character was Lauren’s teenage daughter, Mack, because she is brutally honest yet terribly insecure. I think out of all of the characters, she developed the most. She also was the source of a very pivotal surprise in the plot of which I laughed out loud in surprise then immediately felt guilty. I really appreciated that some of the perspective was told in her point-of-view as it added depth to the overall mood of the novel.
For those who may be triggered or offended: there are themes of grief, struggles with infertility, infidelity, mild foul language, and one graphically sexual scenario.
Please note: an electronic advanced reader copy of this book was generously provided for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.