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The Secret: A gripping novel of how far a mother would go for her child from the #1 author of The Letter Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B01C37XEOQ
- Publisher : Headline (July 1, 2016)
- Publication date : July 1, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2605 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 293 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #81,345 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story goes back to a summer day in the 70s when a group of neighbors went on an outing to the beach. The events of that day changed the course of their lives. A baby would have died had the mother chose to keep her. A little boy would not have grown up as a responsible man if he wasn’t properly nurtured by the woman who missed his own son. Another woman might not have experienced the joy of motherhood if not for the baby left on her doorstep.
This one is a great story that illustrates how life is indeed as colorful as we make it to be, depending on how we play the hand that we are dealt.
It's 1975 and Mary can't wait for her miner husband to come home from work so she can tell him she's finally pregnant. But he never comes home because he was killed in a mine explosion. And then she has a miscarriage.
It's 2016 and Beth's mother Mary has just died, taking a secret to her grave. She never told her daughter who Beth's biological father was. Beth is desperate to know because her young son is in need of a kidney transplant and needs a matching donor.
It's 1976 and a group of friends take a bus ride to a seaside resort for the day. While in the restroom of a pub, unmarried Petula, who didn't know she was pregnant, gives birth to a baby. A friend Daisy, who was in the bathroom with her, agrees to smuggle the baby out of the pub and put it on someone's doorstep, and never tell anyone about it. On the bus ride home, there is an accident, and Petula is killed.
This is only the beginning of the story. If you can keep all the characters straight and remember who did what, it's really quite an entertaining story. Fans of Kathryn Hughes's first book, "The Letter", will surely love this one.
Four stars, and then some!
Kathryn Hughes clearly surpassed her other books with extraordinary care and love, writing with her heart and soul in every page where a reader lives and breathe with her cast of characters, each one competing with each other’s phenomenal talent with superior tenacity.
Shedding a bucketful of tears cleanses my soul with heartwarming satisfaction upon reaching the final chapter... ending to an incredibly magical Epilogue... an absolutely exceptional conclusion with everyone gathered together as a truly united Family... Love and peace... celebrating a successful kidney transplant for Beth and Michael’s son Jake from his grand Dad Jerry who truly did the greatest performance in his life... not to forget Daisy who is the true heroine in this story... and Lydia with an unsurpassed role that made up the family unit... and of course, Beth and Michael whose love and dedication gained them another healthy child, now 3 year old named Daisy in honor of Beth’s real grandma, Jerry’s mom who became Michael’s surrogate mother!!! What a magnificent ending to a complicated situation with everyone settling in Australia where Jerry says the sun shines brighter than in Manchester!!! Indeed !!!
Another thing...it was nice to read a book that didn't have typos and grammatical errors!!! Kudos to all the editing etc. that went into this book.
I hope there will be another book from Kathryn Hughes very soon.
Top reviews from other countries
If you enjoy exploring themes of love, lust, family, friendship and heartache, intermittently dusted with 1970's memorabilia, you won't be disappointed.
At first it was a little overwhelming as so many characters were introduced from 1976 in quick succession and you had no idea how they fitted in to the latter story set in modern times. There were some really funny lines peppered throughout and I also enjoyed all the pop culture references from THAT summer of 1976, since I remember it well. I went on Google after finishing to see what happened to Rumbelows and Fine Fare.
I adored young Mikey and Daisy, wasn't a fan of Lorraine and was surprised by Trisha sometimes when she did something nice, which was usually unexpected.....I did think Beth spoke some nonsense when discussing Jake saying they were creating a "well of hope" for him. I don't "do" psycho-babble in the least. However, we learn her profession is a "freelance food stylist" so it was expected, I suppose. I'm sure she never stopped working as that's clearly a high-demand occupation !! This phrase was used at one point which I looked up online with the ONLY result being from this book-"Sat around like piffy"....I've never heard this before. I was also lost at Daisy talking about Jerry and Lydia saying "they were not spoiling another pair"....I didn't understand that little reference. Another I hadn't heard (but Google had-seems to be a Northern expression) was "I nearly dropped cork-legged" !!
I would add a hyphen in after sun and countless times the apostrophe was missing on Ladies' or Gents' and then just once she remembered and added it, although that was it for any errors which is pretty tremendous ! The mining stories, both real and fictional, made harrowing reading. What an awful thing to happen. I thought it was a great addition at the end including the National Organ Register's information, too.
I see she has a new story out for pre-order right now and that's my next stop.
The story starts off in the past then goes to the present, then the bulk of the story is back in the past again. It was really cleverly written, how all the characters linked to each other and how the story of the past wove into the present.
The ending was slightly predictable but I didn't really mind to much as it fitted well with the rest of the book.
I shall definitely be keeping an eye out for future Kathryn Hughes releases.
After the birth of a baby, this is what happens by the woman who delivered the baby and the woman who brought the baby up.
It is only when Beth, the child in question, is sorting out her late mother’s things that the story unfolds.
We hear about the mini bus accident outing which although there is an unhappy ending, love prevails.
Whilst I created scenarios as I read the book I was wrong on many occasions.
Having read other books by Kathryn Hughes, I look forward to her next new book.
Not this book.
I have spent the day singing it’s praises to my customers. Beautifully crafted with surprising twists, characters that you empathise with and gasp inducing moments make this a modern classic.
Someone should be making this into a BBC drama or a movie. Kathryn Hughes deserves an award. I read her book, ‘The Letter’ previously which was almost as good.
I loved this book and can’t recommend it enough.