Published by Creativia on October 24th 2017
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There are secrets and then there are SECRETS……
Imagine losing your spouse of 40 years…Devastating. As if that is not hard enough, imagine that you learn that your spouse has been keeping a secret from you and that secret is only revealed upon their death. What a blow! That is what happens in this book!
Olivia’s husband, Ben is tragically killed in a car accident. While sitting with her sons at the reading of the will, she is given two envelopes. One is for her to read and the other is for one of her sons to read. What she reads is a SHOCK to her. Naturally she is blindsided and angry. How could her husband keep such a secret? How did he pull it off?
Olivia decides to spend a week with each of her sons and learns some “truths” while staying with each of them. It becomes clear that her husband was not the only one with secrets in this family. How well do we know those in our lives? How well do we know our children? Olivia learns a lot about her children through the course of this book.
There are a lot of characters in this book, but it is easy to tell all of them apart. Each has his and her own personality, plus the chapters are titled letting the read know exactly who is in each chapter. Some brothers you will like more than others – or at least I did. We learn the secrets of each son and the motivation for keeping the secrets, well, a secret! Everyone thinks that their family is dysfunction to a degree, and this family is no different. I loved the scene where everyone’s secret did come out! While reading this section, I wondered how this would have played out in my family – most likely louder and involving mass food consumption!
This was a very well written (and thought out) debut novel. The characters are well written, and I had my favorites! Some I felt for, some I rooted for, some I booed and hissed at (plus, I thought they got off a little too easy), some I cried for/with, etc. There also was some growth and insight (especially for Olivia) for most of the characters. It all comes down to family and what makes a family.
I received a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.