SUMMER SECRETS BY JANE GREEN 


~Synopsis~

June,  1998. The twenty seven year old,  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 realise 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.  

~My Review ~

Right from the very first page I was hooked up to the book. Cat is witty,  smart and most of all real. Her character felt so genuine that I had to know what will come out of her life.  And not just Cat,  each and every character is written  with such delicacy that you will relate to them on some level.  

 Cat is an alcohol addict in denial till about the first half of the book and the rest of the story is about how she deals with  her Condition.  However,  being the main theme,  it doesn’t at any point feels like there is too much of it.  

Before picking up this book I thought it will mostly be a chic lit or a very light read but it has a very deeper meaning to it.  

How alcoholism affects her and her loved ones is shown so genuinely that you end up feeling so much for them,  shedding a teardrop or two. 

The Author has written this book at the right pace,  things falling apart and then falling back to places but you’re  still anxious about what will come out of it. 

One thing that I want to talk more about is Cat’s  struggle with alcohol addiction.  It was such a beautiful journey with some definite ups and downs,  I remember myself screaming “Nooooo..!!” while reading a climax scene and had to stop so that I could contemplate what just happened! 

The alcoholic is like a tornado roaring his way through the lives of others.  Hearts are broken.  Sweet relationships are dead.  Affections have been uprooted.  Selfish and inconsiderate habits have kept the home in turmoil.  

I found myself getting attached to her character so much and I will repeat this again that her character and her story altogether felt so believable.  Her character development was so wonderful,  it felt like you know this person and her struggles and watching her growing as a person.  

Although,  I want to point out it had some things which I felt were quite unnecessary  or a bit too cheesy,  but that does not come in the way at all! 

So yes,  you will cry,  laugh,  blush and smile while you’re reading this book.  It’s definitely a whole package giving a lot of insight into alcoholism,  friendship,  parenthood and relationships.  

I gave it 4/5 stars.  

Thankyou so much Pan Macmillan India for providing me with this book to give an honest review.  

I loved it.  :”) 

 

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