ARC REVIEW: The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak
Published July 28th 2015 by Mira
A > Contemporary | Romance | Mystery
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Did she once have a sister? Has her mother lied all these years? Why?
After a painful divorce, Maisey Lazarow returns to Fairham, the small island off the North Carolina coast where she grew up. She goes there to heal—and to help her brother, Keith, a deeply troubled man who’s asked her to come home. But she refuses to stay in the family house. The last person she wants to see is the wealthy, controlling mother she escaped years ago.
Instead, she finds herself living next door to someone else she’d prefer to avoid—Rafe Romero, the wild, reckless boy to whom she lost her virginity at sixteen. He’s back on the island, and to her surprise, he’s raising a young daughter alone. Maisey’s still attracted to him, but her heart’s toobroken to risk…
Then something even more disturbing happens. She discovers a box of photographs that evoke distant memories of a little girl, a child Keith remembers, too. Maisey believes the girl must’ve been their sister, but their mother claims there was no sister.
Maisey’s convinced that child existed. So where is she now?
“..but secrets don’t remain secrets forever…”
Well, wow. The Secret Sister is full of intensity that I did not fully expect. From the second chance romance that kept me asking for more to the nail biting mystery, The Secret Sister is perfect for every readers looking for an engaging and thrilling read.
Maisey went home in chance of helping her troubled brother. What she didn’t expect to wait for her though is a web of secrets that surrounds her family. And Rafe, who she didn’t expect to interact with either. But Maisey must face all of this, not only for her own sake.. but also for the people she loves.
Maisey was a delight to read and I enjoyed being in her head. She was far from perfect and she still make mistakes that can frustrate me so much and just makes me scratch my head but I adore how she’s aware of it and owns her mistakes. Just like us, fictional characters commit mistakes too. And that’s what I love about Novak’s characters in The Secret Sisters. They never lose their authenticity in every page. Whether its rage, sadness or just their simple joy, every character’s emotions just keeps rolling over at every page and their realness never get lost on me.
Brenda Novak really impressed me by how she weaved the story of The Secret Sister. She kept me on my toes. She kept me guessing and engaged. Her writing really captured me from the first chapter and she really has her hold on me throughout the whole book. One more thing that needs to be praised is the very sweet and right-kind of-hot chemistry between Rafe and Maisey. It was undeniable. Its so hard not to root for them from the very first chapter even though each of them finds reason to fight it. Rafe’s little girl was mixed in as well and I can’t help but say that it is another reason why Rafe looks irresistible, not only to Maisey’s eyes but to the readers as well.
I can’t wait for more from this series. The Secret Sister is an excellent opening to a series that I know will keep us on our toes. Although I had a fun time with Rafe and Maisey, I can help but be excited about Novak’s new and upcoming characters. I highly recommend The Secret Sister for readers who wants to be impressed!
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has penned over 45 novels. A two-time Rita nominee, she’s won The National Reader’s Choice, The Bookseller’s Best, The Bookbuyer’s Best and many other
awards. She runs an annual online auction for diabetes research every May at www.brendanovak.com . To date, she’s raised over $2 million. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.
Five (5) copies of The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak || US/CA || Ends Aug. 12th