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Secrets of the Island (Secrets Trilogy) Paperback – April 10, 2018
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Secrets of the Island began very slowly for me and took a while to get into as multiple characters were introduced and set up in order to understand three generations of family members. I was pulled into the story as Harriet goes on her mission to rescue Harry and they returned home. The signs of shell shock were all very true to life and this is when I could finally hone in on characters and get to know the twins. Once they traveled to Mackinac Island, I was not only enchanted by the people, the lifestyle and the beauty of the island, but taken in by the many mysteries that one family managed to keep under wraps. The many mysteries could have easily become tedious to manage, however they were carefully written and layered so everything seemed possible. In addition to the mysteries, the transformation and healing process that the search allowed for Harry and Harriet was heartwarming. Overall, a wonderful historical mystery that will make you wonder what could be hiding in your family tree.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
In Secrets of Island by Linda Hughes, the reader is taken on a strange and torturous journey through the lives of several families, mainly the O’Reilly’s, as secrets are brought to light, causing each member of the family to reassess his or her place in the grand scheme of things.
The author provides an in-depth history of the Great Lake area of Michigan, and interesting insights into life during the turn of the century. At times, the author does a bit too much telling, but, thankfully, it does not disrupt too much—and, every tidbit is fascinating. I did take issue with the author’s use of the word ‘dray’ to describe a horse rather than the open sided carriage used for transport—as a writer of westerns, such things pop out at me. But, this one small mistake can be forgiven since the story was, on the whole, absorbing.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
I give it four stars.
This was a very good and well-written book, and I enjoyed it. It was so well done that I was not aware it was part of a series, and it was completely able to stand on its own as a novel. However, it may not be for everybody. Sometimes it almost seemed like you were eavesdropping on personal family matters of a fictitious family or juicy gossip on unknown fictional people. It contained mature adult content that some may find offensive, including some innuendo, very brief LGBTQ innuendo that was repentant, violence, foul language (mostly mild), and a non-graphic rape scene (for a rape scene, anyway). I would give the book an overall rating of four stars.