The Secrets She Carried is a story about going home, and how hard that really is sometimes.
Leslie is living in New York when she finds out she has been given part of Peak Plantation as an inheritance. When she finally decides to go claim her part, she finds that the memories, and the mysteries will actually keep her there instead of drive her away.
You really get two stories in this book. Leslie’s story, and Adele’s story. Adele lived at Peak a long time before Leslie, but is a huge part of the plantation’s history.
Leslie, in the present day, tries to unravel Adele’s mystery while cultivating a romance with her new partner and co-owner of Peak, Jay. Adele, in the past, chooses love of her employer, Henry, Peak’s owner at that time, over propriety.
I like this book for several reasons. The characters are likeable, except for Henry. Henry and Leslie give us opposite ends of the spectrum. Henry loves Adele, but, as he puts on her grave, he loves her better after death. He is not there for her in life. In fact, I find it hard to understand why Adele really loved him. Leslie has every opportunity to throw away her chance at love, and almost does. However, she is willing to let go and give herself over to the possibilities.
I like this book because it maintained my attention. I’m not usually interested is novels that border on being a romance. I’m definitely not interested in romance novels. This books walks a fine line that doesn’t quite cross into the realm of being sappy. In fact, I would have liked to have seen even more development on the relationships between the characters, especially Henry and Adele.
Overall, I think you will find The Secrets She Carried to be a novel that holds you through mystery and relationship right to the end.
*I received a review copy of this book from Penguin Books in exchange for an honest review.
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