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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

No More Secrets by Joanne Guidoccio

Angelica is ill and at the end of her life. She has three nieces whom she is close to and she also knows that each of them is harbouring a secret, some of which are sad and which cannot be openly discussed. She invites them all to a weekend at her home, knowing that this will be the last one she has, and hoping for a settlement both in her mind and her nieces that she has done the best she has for them. She herself has secrets, which she had hoped to carry to the grave but she now knows that talking about her own will help her girls to unburden themselves. The weekend starts out badly. Each niece has a difficult temperament and one particularly is bossy. She also wants to portray her life as picture perfect and when her Aunt starts her story she is alternately shocked and delighted at the news. One by one each niece tells her hidden story, and a definitely a rapport and peace is established. More than just secrets the story is about being a woman whether it was a hundred years ago or today. The hardships, the strengths you have to dig out to keep on going and the need to survive society's quips and barbs. Most importantly the strength of being united as a family. This was sent to me by Backlit PR courtesy of Netgalley for an unbiased review. Thank you.

4 comments:

Susan said...

This sounds like a lovely book! I love novels about secrets but I also love the idea of people coming together to share theirs and find understanding and healing from each other. I'm going to see if I can get my hands on this one. Thanks for the rec!

Literary Feline said...

This sounds like an emotional, bittersweet read. I like the sound of it.

Yvonne said...

It really does sound like an emotional read. It sounds like something I would want to read.

jenclair said...

I really like the sound of this one. Some secrets can only be healed if they are shared, and the idea of Angelica organizing a weekend of sharing in the hopes of healing and establishing rapport appeals to me.