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My Review of Summer Secrets by Jane Green

Welcome to my review of Summer Secrets by Jane Green. I am a huge Jane Green fan and I have read all of her books and loved every one of them! I read this a little while ago but struggled to write a review that made any sense. I figured I best try now...

What They Say:

June, 1998. At twenty-seven, Cat Coombs is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that.

June, 2014. Cat's life has come full circle. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, the gorgeous New England island where the women she once called family still live. What Cat doesn't realize is that these women, her real father's daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone's need for revenge.

What I Say:

I am finding more and more with each new novel that Jane writes, I am relating more to her characters. I guess it's because I'm growing up with them. Cat led a troubled life but as she's grown and matured, she's realised that she has hurt people and that she needs to make amends and make things right. This isn't always smooth sailing and in Cat's case, that is definitely true.

She's made some serious mistakes and regrets a lot of the things she has done but that doesn't always mean people will be forgiving. Cat goes in search of the truth and also forgiveness. She travels with her daughter Annie and her best friend to Nantucket. This idyllic island is calm, peaceful and quaint. This seems the perfect setting for laying ghosts to rest and making a fresh start.

Jane's descriptions of Nantucket are just divine! I want to go there so badly now! I could totally picture every little detail in my head and I swear I actually sighed aloud a few times. This is somewhere I totally need to go now!

On the path to fixing the past and setting up a bright new future, Cat meets some interesting characters, which is something I've always loved about Jane's novels. Her characterisation is amazing. They become friends as you read.

In some ways, this book was too real. I felt a bit like I was reading someone's journal or a memoir. The subject matter and even some of the decisions made were extremely real life. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad thing. It just makes the reading a bit raw sometimes. Maybe that's the problem... Maybe Jane Green is just too good now?

Anyway, I haven't made any sense whatsoever with this review! It's a series of non-sensical ramblings and not a coherent thought in sight.

So, my rating? I loved how it flowed, I loved the characters and the settings. An easy 9/10

Thanks to Netgalley for an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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