Published by Atria Books on October 9th 2012
Genre: Historical Fiction
Challenge Theme: An award winning book
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During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.
Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.
Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.
I absolutely LOVED this book! Before I started it a few people warned me that the beginning was slow but to stick with it, however I didn’t feel that way. It pulled me in from the start. I can see why some people would say the beginning was slow, as it was setting up the story, but I found it all to be necessary to the plot.
The prose was wonderful, the characters were complex and equally engaging and infuriating at times, the plot was well thought out, the going back and forth in time was well done, and the plot twist was so, so good. I did not see that ending coming and it was superb! This book is 484 pages but doesn’t feel like it. It keeps the reader engaged from start to finish. Definitely a book worthy of being put on your TBR list and now all her other novels are on my TBR list!
“It’s a terrible thing, isn’t it, the way we throw people away?”
“She was the sort of person who needed to be kept happy, he realized. Not as a matter of selfish expectation, but as a simple fact of design; like a piano or a harp, she’d been made to function best at a certain tuning.”
“There were moments in which a person reached a crossroads, when something happened, out of the blue, to change the course of life’s events.”
“Don’t wait too long to realize what’s important. Your family might drive you mad sometimes, but they’re worth more to you than you could ever imagine.”