Hope your weekend is going well! Mine has been busy, as usual. Landen had a gymnastics meet yesterday and this afternoon I’m leaving for a work trip to Houston. I’ll be in Houston till Tuesday night, so if my blogging seems a little off, that’s why.

Today, I have a book review for you. The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton was the book pick for Julie’s {from pbfingers.com} virtual book club. She will post her review tomorrow along with links to other bloggers’ reviews, including mine. {Here’s the link to her review.}

This write-up is from the author’s website and gives a summary of the book.

1961: On a sweltering summer’s day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy called Billy, a move to London, and the bright future she can’t wait to seize. But before the idyllic afternoon is over, Laurel will have witnessed a shocking crime that changes everything.

2011: Now a much-loved actress, Laurel finds herself overwhelmed by shades of the past. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history. A tale of three strangers from vastly different worlds–Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy–who are brought together by chance in wartime London and whose lives become fiercely and fatally entwined…
the secret keeper

In the beginning, the author of The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton, drew me in with her descriptive details of everything from the setting to the characters and I couldn’t wait to find out what would come next. However after several chapters into the book, it began to drag on and the detailed descriptions about unimportant details became very boring for me. During the middle of the book. there would be certain parts that I would really get into and then other parts that, as I said earlier, would drag on. During the last 8-10 chapters, this book really started to get interesting and I became much more enthralled in the story. And the ending was absolutely beautiful with lots of twists, turns and surprises. I have such conflicting feelings regarding this story and whether or not I would recommend it.

What I liked:

  • I like the parts of the story where Laurel is figuring things out about her mother’s past. These were the parts that made me want to keep reading.
  • The characters are very endearing. The author does a great job of explaining each of them in a way that the reader will feel for {most} of them.
  • The ending and the way the story wraps up is wonderfully done. It’s unpredictable in every way!

What I didn’t like:

  • As I said the author is very descriptive, explaining every single detail in great length and this frankly, left me completely worn out. It was just too much detail for me and created much too long of a story, in my opinion.
  • The story alternates between past and present. The author writes about Laurel’s mother’s life as a young girl in the 1940’s and then she writes about Laurel trying to find clues to a family secret. I got really bored with the part of the story set in the past {until the last 8-10 chapters}. I was much more interested in the present and Laural trying to figure out clues to figure out the family secret.
  • I feel that there was a lot of background information that could have been left out and would have made the story flow better and quicker.

Would I recommend the book:

  • If you’re a speed reader or don’t mind tons of detail, sure I recommend it, because it does turn out to be an interesting story in the end. However if you tend to get bored easily, I would not choose this story. I know this book has received lots of positive reviews, so it’s your call! 😉

Something to think about…..

Have you read The Secret Keeper? Did you like it? Tell me what you thought.

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

See you back here tomorrow for Marvelous in my Monday!!

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