books, reviews

Book Review: Secret Keeping for Beginners – Maggie Alderton

Recently divorced Rachel is juggling her new dream job in interior design PR with the demands of two young daughters. She’s full of creative ideas but – even with a colourful childminder or two – some days she can’t make it into the office in time and in matching shoes. Her life is balanced more precariously than she cares to admit. Tessa, a talented muralist, is feeling flat. Her kids are growing up and she’s feeling upstaged by her husband’s new-found celebrity as the host of a reality TV fireplace restoration show. But everything turns on its head when she gets a surprise from her past. Youngest sister Natasha leads a glamorous jet-setting life – she’s one of Vogue’s favourite make-up artists who regularly creates the looks for the biggest shows in Paris and Milan. Single and childless, she’s been focused on her career – but when the lie she’s concealed for years threatens to come to light, the truth will make her question everything. Meanwhile their mother, Joy, a hippy vegetarian caterer, is carefully ignoring the letters that keep arriving at her door. Into the mix comes Simon, Rachel’s urbane boss, hiding secrets of his own. And everything lurking beneath the surface of this seemingly happy family is about to come out …

My thoughts:

I was kindly sent this by the publisher to read and review, but I managed to misplace it and only just found it again! I suppose I could have reviewed it while it was on its trip through the black hole in my bookcase, but I couldn’t remember any of the characters names!!

I really loved this book, it was like a comfy, enjoyable, mug of hot chocolate type of read. I love the relationship between the sisters and their mum; that family bond is one I wish I had with my own sister.

The plot was clever, funny, well written and enjoyable, an excellent read for when the nights are drawing in and you can’t face more Netflix.

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