Review: 'Those Secrets We Keep' by Emily Liebert (2015)
Three women. Three lives. Three secrets.
On the surface, Sloane has the perfect life—an adoring husband, a precocious daughter, and enough financial security to be a stay-at-home mom. Still, she can’t help but feel as though something—or someone—is missing....
Hillary has a successful career and a solid marriage. The only problem is her inability to conceive. And there’s a very specific reason why....
As the wild-child daughter of old family money, Georgina has never had to accept responsibility for anything. So when she realizes an unexpected life change could tie her down forever, she does exactly what she’s always done: escape.
When these three women unite for a three-week-long summer vacation in beautiful Lake George, New York, even with the idyllic location as their backdrop, the tensions begin to mount. And they quickly discover that no secret can be kept forever....
I’m quite excited about the review I get to share with all of you today, since it is a review of a book I have been looking forward to reading for ages. It was actually already released in June 2015 and I honestly have no idea why it took me so long to finally pick it up! I’ve loved Emily Liebert since I read and reviewed her debut novel ‘You Knew Me When’ a few years ago (click here to read my review) and since then I’ve read and loved all of her other novels, namely ‘When We Fall’ and most recently, ‘Some Women’ (click here to read my review). I just love Emily’s writing style and her novels are just wonderful reads that always leave me with a smile on my face. So, today, way too late but better late than never, I suppose, my review of ‘Those Secrets We Keep’ (once again a book with a gorgeous book cover, like most of Emily’s novels, I have to say)!
Sloane seems to have built the perfect life for herself with her loving husband, a beautiful family home, and a lovely daughter. However, since the untimely death of her sister Sloane can’t help but feel her life just isn’t what she thought it was and she doesn’t know what to do about it. When given the opportunity to spend some time at her aunt’s beautiful home near Lake George, Sloane knows that is exactly what she needs and together with her best friend Hillary they leave Brookside behind, ready for a break from it all. When Sloane’s college friend Georgina unexpectedly phones and decides to join them as well, it suddenly becomes a holiday from three. Three women, all with a secret to hide, but how long will these stay hidden…?
I’ve loved all of Emily Liebert’s novels so far, so I have to admit I picked up ‘Those Secrets We Keep’ with pretty high expectations. Luckily, Emily once again didn’t disappoint and managed to entertain me from start to finish with this 2015 release of her. The book focuses on three different women: Sloane, Hillary and Georgina; three women who spend two weeks holiday at Lake George together, each of them with a secret to hide that is bound to come out. I won’t go into the details, because I don’t want to give too much away, but I loved how the novel included three separate storylines to focus on, with three very different but just as interesting female characters at its core. I personally warmed to Hillary the most, but I enjoyed reading about Sloane and Georgina just as much.
Emily Liebert’s books have this specific feel to them; I can’t really explain it. Perhaps it has to do with the very American setting of her novels, or just her comfortable and well-paced writing style, but I think her books are the perfect read whenever I’m looking for a guaranteed good novel I will enjoy, no matter what. Her books also always include realistic portrayals of women and I think many readers will be able to relate to these characters one way or another. Once again, Emily Liebert has delivered a thoroughly enjoyable and captivating novel that I couldn’t get enough of and I already can’t wait for her next one. ‘Those Secrets We Keep’ is a fabulously well-written and simply great read; if you’re a women’s fiction fan and are not yet familiar with Emily Liebert, be sure to go out and pick up one of her books; you won’t be disappointed!