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18 November 2015

Blog Tour: 'Doesn't Everyone Have a Secret?' by Sue Sepherd (including competition!)

Doesn't Everyone Have a Secret? is a romantic comedy about three very different people, each with a secret, whose lives collide in unexpected ways. 

Steph is a harassed mum who's considering an affair with her children's sexy headmaster. Penny is trying to deal with a crush on her boss, OCD and a sad secret from her childhood. And Mike is a vicar who is being blackmailed for his secret, although it's not all that it seems! 

Meanwhile, all three are being watched over by their own guardian angels, who try to push them in the right direction and help move their lives along - but not always successfully ...

I'm really excited to be part of the blog tour for the recent paperback release of Sue Shepherd's novel 'Doesn't Everyone Have a Secret?'! The publisher of the book, Corazon Books, contacted me a few months ago about this exciting release and I straight away was intrigued by the sound of the novel. I love a good secret (just like most people) and 'Doesn't Everyone Have a Secret?' promised to be an enjoyable women's fiction read. I'm also really excited to have an exclusive competition to share with all of you to win a copy of the book, so be sure to scroll down and give it a go!

'Doesn't Everyone Have a Secret?' focuses on three different characters that all have one thing in common: they are trying to keep a big secret from the people around them. Steph Stubbs is a mother of two who unexpectedly falls for the new headmaster at her children's school. Steph can't help but love the excitement of another man being interested in her, and she seriously considers having an affair. Mike Bannerman is the local vicar and recently he has found a new woman in his life: Maggie. Maggie is really important to Mike and he's deciding how to break the news to his wife Jane and his mother. But when a blackmailer comes onto the scene, things start to get real tricky for Mike. Penny Littleton is struggling with a quite severe case of OCD. She tries to not let it control her life, but even her boss is telling her to do something about it. What nobody knows, however, is that Penny is dealing with a big secret from her past, which she can't share with anyone but which is slowly eating her up from the inside and preventing her from leading a normal and happy life. Will Steph, Mike and Penny be able to keep their secrets hidden or is it true that the truth always comes out in the end...?

I always really enjoy novels in which there are multiple main characters, each with their own storyline, which are then somehow linked to one another. This is one of the reasons why I looked forward to picking up this book and had my fingers crossed for an enjoyable read. 'Doesn't Everyone Have a Secret?' certainly is an enjoyable read; a romantic comedy about three different characters, each of them trying to deal with a secret that is taking over their lives. The characters in the book were realistic and they had interesting secrets. I particularly liked Penny and Mike, and it took me a bit longer to warm to Steph (this is probably due to the nature of her secret, but I don't want to give too much away). The different storylines managed to keep my attention until the end and the novel was well-paced.

One of the things I liked most about the novel was the idea of guardian angels that was incorporated in it. We all know that voice in our head that every now and and again advises or warns us; this voice is actually our guardian angel, and Sue Shepherd added a nice storyline about these guardian angels and how they go about their work. While the book has a good collection of characters and intriguing storylines, I did feel the author's writing was still a bit rough around the edges. However, this is a debut novel, and nonetheless a promising one. 'Doesn't Everyone Have a Secret?' is an enjoyable, quick-paced, fun women's fiction read about people and the secrets they hide; I'm curious to see what else Sue Shepherd will bring us in the future!
For more information about this book: / / Goodreads

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Competition (international)!

Would you like to win a paperback copy of 'Doesn't Everyone Have a Secret?'? Well, here's your chance! I have 1 copy of the book to give away and all you have to do is answer the following question about one of the characters in the novel:

What is Mike's job?

Please e-mail your answer to me (spoonfulofhappyendings [at] gmail) before Monday November 30th to be in with a chance. Good luck everyone! :)

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