The Secrets Between Us by Laura Madeleine

Here it is! My first book review in 2018!

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Book Blurb

A gripping mystery with a heart-breaking revelation, The Secrets Between Us is a sublimely satisfying story of lost love, betrayal and the dangers of war.
Perfect for fans of Kate Morton’s The Lake House and Dinah Jeffries’ Before the Rains.

High in the mountains in the South of France, eighteen-year-old Ceci Corvin is trying hard to carry on as normal. But in 1943, there is no such thing as normal; especially not for a young woman in love with the wrong person. Scandal, it would seem, can be more dangerous than war.

Fifty years later, Annie is looking for her long-lost grandmother. Armed with nothing more than a sheaf of papers, she travels from England to Paris in pursuit of the truth. But as she traces her grandmother’s story, Annie uncovers something she wasn’t expecting, something that changes everything she knew about her family – and everything she thought she knew about herself…

My Review

The story is set between two different times, Annie in England in 1993 and Ceci Corvin in 1943 high in the mountains in the South of France.

The chapters flow between Annie and CiCi, each living different lives. Most of CiCi’s story is set in the past when she was a young woman living in Saint-Antoine working in the family bakery. But with the arrival of hundreds of jews and other foreigners being brought to Saint-Antoine her life changes forever.

1994 Annie hasn’t seen or heard off her grandmother for years, an argument between Annie’s mum and her grandmother caused a rift in the family and they have never seen CiCi since that day. Annie’s mum has been unwell and made her realise life can be fragile and short, so she made the decision that she would like to try to find her mother and heal the past. It’s not long until Annie finds her and it is from there the story really picks up.

Annie wants answers about her own past, who her grandfather was, why her Grandmother left such a beautiful place for Paris and London. She knows there are reasons but they have always been a secret only her grandmother knows.

Now that CiCi is an old woman and is not in the best of health herself she is over the moon at being reunited with her granddaughter but she also knows she needs to open old scars and finally share her secrets. She wants to go back to where it all started for her – Saint-Antoine, but not alone. So both women leave Paris and begin a journey that will stay with them forever!

It is so beautifully written that your imagination comes to life, the setting of Saint-Antoine is easy to envisage and you can almost smell the freshly baked bread alongside CiCi.

It is a story about a forbidden love, family, trust, unlikely friendships, heartbreak, the uncertainty of war and of hope!

The closing chapter felt like a sucker punch in the chest from Conor McGregor hahaha, it made my chest constrict and my heart swell, in a good way of course! Beautiful and packed with emotion. The women are crafted flawlessly, so real and easy to like that their emotions flow off the pages and into mine! Even my Ice maiden heart felt its heartstrings being pulled!

I could not have found a more perfect book to end 2017 on!

If you are a fan of Kate Morton then this is a MUST read, you will fall in love with The Secrets between us.

This is the first book you should read in 2018!

Would I recommend this book? Hell Yeah! A million %!

The Secrets between us was published today 1st January 2018 and can be purchased right now from

Amazon UK for the bargain price of 99p ebook! So go grab your copy quick whilst this amazing offer lasts!

Happy reading and Happy New Year

Welcome to 2018

 

 

 

 

 

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