THE SECRET SISTER BY BRENDA NOVAK
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 South 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 too broken 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?
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REVIEW: THE SECRET SISTER BY BRENDA NOVAK
The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A box of photographs causes a woman to question everything she knows about herself and her family. Brenda Novak surprised me with this one. The Secret Sister is an emotionally disturbing read. The root of the story is that secrets can destroy lives. As I was reading it I'm thinking this could be a story about anyone and that stirred something within my soul. Maisey is already having a difficult time within her life and when she finds evidence of a secret that has been hidden for years she wants answers. In her quest for the truth she is forced to take a hard look at herself. Ms. Novak's stories are always full of sentiment and emotion, but this one really proved to be thought provoking. A haunting scenario. The Secret Sister was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
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