ABOUT THE BOOK -
When Mary Reilly turns up in a hospital hundreds of miles from the senior community where she lives, Nell and Bridget discover their mother has been hiding a second life. She has a lakeside cottage in Vermont and a series of complex relationships with people her daughters have never met. The thread of mystery leads back to the middle of the 20th century, and it knits together all three women, the sacrifices they've made and the secrets they carry.
Nell is a carpool mom and corporate trophy wife who yearns for a life of her own. Bridget is a glamorous interior designer who transforms herself for every new man, always attracted to the bad ones. Their mother Mary was an army nurse in the Vietnam War, then married handsome navy pilot Thomas Reilly and lived happily ever after…or did she? Mary’s cottage is the vault for family secrets never suspected, and the gateway to change for her daughters.
Gail Cleare has written for newspapers, magazines, Fortune 50 companies and AOL. Her award-winning ad agency represented the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She was the turtle Leonardo's date for the world premiere of the second TMNT movie, and got to wear a black evening gown and sparkly shoes.
Gail lives on an 18th century farm in Massachusetts with her family and dogs, cats, chickens, black bears, blue herons, rushing streams and wide, windy skies. She's into organic gardening and nature photography, and can often be found stalking wild creatures with a 300 mm lens.Visit her website at gailcleare.com.
MY THOUGHTS -
A beautiful story - But Geez, so many secrets! I'm not going to give it all away for those who haven't read it yet but there's definitely some jaw-dropping moments in this book. About 2/3 of the way in I did have some of it figured out. I was wrong about a few things but I had the main gist of it.
Great character development! I got totally wrapped up in the characters and their lives. I don't think I could've held it together as much as these two sisters, Nell and Bridget did if I found out those secrets about my mom.
I loved that every chapter was dated at the top that certainly helped because it kept going back-and-forth in time. I don't mind books that go back in time as long as the reader knows when in time it is and this one was great.
Definitely a book worth reading! Very enjoyable, easy flowing, nice writing style. A good beach side or poolside read! A great new author for me, would definitely love to read more by her.
I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from the author - Thank You!!
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