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The Story of Our Secrets takes place five years after the death of Colm O'Flynn. It's told from his widow, Shauna's perspective, who is still reeling from the loss. It follows her and their close-knit group of friends, which includes best friend Dan, ex-wife Jess and Dan's ex-wife Lulu, as they all find their own ways to move on.
Here are just some of the things I liked about The Story of Our Secrets: - Low's writing style, which reminded me of Paige Toon. - The flawed characters. None of them was perfect and I always appreciate a book with real and relatable characters. It was a joy to follow their stories and see where they ended up at the end. - Annie, Shauna's grandmother. Their connection reminded me so much of me and my grandma. - The flashbacks from Colm as secrets were slowly revealed. I loved that this allowed us to connect with Colm, even after his passing.
The only thing I wanted more from this book was more development in a certain relationship. I'm trying to avoid spoilers, but one character gets her happily ever after with a side character I would have loved to get to know more.
Overall though, if you love tender and moving novels about family and forgiveness, I strongly encourage you to pick up The Story of Our Secrets.
Thank you to Boldwood Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for this honest review.
I absolutely love this book. It has made me laugh, shed a tear and look at things from a different perspective. I love the friendships that Shari brings together and how the characters reappear again in different books. Keep on writing Shari as each time I finish a book I am excited for the next xx
I was expecting a thriller. I always read thrillers. I'm not at all sure just how this book got in my library but after I decided it wasn't (you got it) a thriller, I really enjoyed it. The main character in this novel lost her husband to cancer. I guess that made it close to home for me because I also lost my husband to cancer at a relatively early age. She had such a great extended family who loved, fought, cried, and made up that, though she missed her husband terribly, she always had someone she loved around. This is the story of those loving and non-loving relationships.
Shari Low has a way of describing characters and events so you feel you are there. Loved getting to know this quirky group of friends. Anyone who likes reading about ordinary people facing every day problems with spirit and humor should enjoy this book.
Endearing and funny. I found the rhetoric between the ladies in this book to be extremely funny, as well as, Shauna the main character to be funny as heck. The quick wit and humor of her thoughts have been the main reason for high review. Although it was a great story with great characters it was definitely Shauna that made me laugh out loud. Check this book out if only for a good laugh, but enjoyable reading as well.
It took a while to really appreciate this novel, partly because I expected it to be overly emotional and dark. However, as the storyline progressed, the reader is treated to hilarious conversations and a brilliant plan to reconcile past betrayals. Really enjoyed the dynamics between friends.