Thursday, March 05, 2015

If I Had To Choose a Favorite Morton Novel, It Would Probably Be This One ...

(Image from Barnes & Noble)

On a lazy summer afternoon in the English countryside, 16-year-old Laurel Nicolson hides in her backyard treehouse.  High above her seeking sisters she lounges, dreaming of her secret boyfriend and the rendezvous they've planned for the evening.  In that moment, anything—and everything—seems possible.

Laurel has no idea just how much this ordinary afternoon will change her life until she spies a stranger in her yard.  Unseen by him or her mother, Laurel witnesses a shocking crime that throws everything she knows about her family and their seemingly perfect home life into question.  Unable to process what it all means, Laurel flees to London, with no intention of ever going back.

Fifty years later, Laurel's sisters are organizing a birthday party for their mother, who is turning 90.  Reluctantly returning to her childhood home, Laurel vows to finally get the truth about what happened that long ago summer afternoon.  Her mother's frail, with a memory that's fading fast—it's now or never.  As Laurel probes for answers, she learns the incredible story of three people, whose lives intertwine in ways that will change all of them forever.

Considering the fact that I've raved about every book she's ever written, it's not going to surprise you that I loved The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.  The Australian author just knows how to write the kind of stories that capture not only my attention, but also my heart.  Her family sagas are full of everything I look for in a novel—rich, atmospheric settings; complex, empathetic characters; intriguing, mystery-filled plot lines; and vivid, flowing prose.  I adore all her books, but The Secret Keeper might be my favorite of them all.  Really, the only complaint I have with this author is that she writes too slowly (although she does have a new book coming out in October).   


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If this were a movie, it would be rated: 


for language (no F-bombs), violence, and mild sexual content

To the FTC, with love:  I bought a copy of The Secret Keeper at Amazon with a portion of the millions I make from my lucrative career as a book blogger.  Ha ha.  

4 comments:

  1. I loved The Forgotten Garden so much that I really need to read her other books. The girl sure can write.

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  2. Read this and liked it very much.

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  3. I've only read one of this author's books - THE DISTANT HOURS. I need to read the others, right?? LOL

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  4. Right? Everybody loves Kate Morton. She needs to write at least two books a year just to keep us all happy :)

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