I found this book to be very engrossing, to the point that I couldn’t go to bed until I finished it. I was reading it on the bus, and would have missed my stop if one of the regulars hadn’t spoken up.
It’s the story of two sisters, their mom, and their step-dad. Each woman is keeping a secret. The book spans the day of the parents 20th wedding anniversary and the memories of Sara, Katie, and Lee.
Sara is the older of the two sisters. Her husband hopes every month that she will get pregnant, not knowing that she takes birth control pills. She’s not yet ready to be pregnant but doesn’t tell her husband because then she would have to explain why. Her memories are about a high school relationship that helped shape who she is today and why she is keeping her past secret.
Katie is the younger sister. She is in a wonderful relationship, but the secret she is keeping from her parents is a big issue in it. An issue that needs to be resolved. She thinks back to when she started keeping the secret, why she hid the truth, and how her current relationship came to be.
Lee, the girl’s mom, abhors secrets even though she has some of her own. She keeps them to herself to avoid the pain the secrets cause her. Her memories deal with her life before Jack, her husband and the girl’s step-dad. Her life with Paul, her former husband. Secrets about Paul are also revealed, which came as quite a shock to me.
The book is easy to relate to as everyone has a least one secret they are keeping that could affect their current relationship with their loved ones. It also made me wonder who is keeping secrets from me!
I loved the characters in the story. I very much enjoyed the journey through each woman’s past and how it formed who she is today. The story is so well written, I could see it in my mind, almost like a movie.
I do admit I didn’t like the ending. It seemed to end too abruptly. The ending was a shock to me. Maybe because I just wasn’t ready for the story to end. I wanted to stay in this family’s lives a little longer. I highly recommend reading this book.
A BIG shout out to Mike at the Mike/Mitch Project for introducing me to LibraryThing.