Your best friend deserves the truth. But it will ruin her life. What would you do?
In summer, the small Cornish village of Gorran Haven fills with tourists, but in the colder months its pretty narrow streets are blissfully quiet, the bell on the village shop door rings only for locals, the beach is unspoilt, empty and safe.
It’s been over twenty years since four very different teenage girls sat on that beach, and swore to be best friends forever. Their lives went different ways after Emily left. But each remembered that promise. And none truly found friendship like it again.
Now, Emily’s back, with a secret she can’t face. She tries to hide away, take time to heal and make some difficult choices, but she runs into one of her old friends, and soon the four are reunited. Lolly, warm as ever, is a successful physiotherapist, married with kids. Yet smart, strong Amanda, who cherishes her teenage daughter, is alone and seemingly stuck in a dead-end job. And creative Jess is so much quieter than Emily remembers.
The bond is still there, and Emily realises their friendship might keep her together, but there are reasons why the women fell out of touch. Secrets that have lain dormant for decades start to surface, and then one of the women discovers a betrayal so big, it could turn each of their lives upside down.
It’s always those we’re closest to who have the power to tear us apart. Can friendship give Emily and her friends the strength to survive a devastating shock, or are some things unforgiveable?
There is a saying that claims that women are the weaker gender. Well, I admit there are some things (not a lot obviously being a woman myself lol) that are more difficult for them but it goes without a doubt that there are certain things that men can’t do either. This story is a testimony to prove that this saying is total rubbish.
This book is about 4 girls who used to be great friends, but lost contact over the years and now, out of the blue, they meet again and start reconnecting. It’s not an easy path they have to travel. They all have secrets and can they still trust each other?
The author created a beautiful tale about friendship that can remain strong or even become stronger still, about finding out what it is what you want in life and going for it even if it’s not easy.
Revealing secrets is not simple, especially if it means having to hurt someone’s feelings, but if you can save her from further heartbreak, it’s the right thing to do.
Friendship, love, family, secrets and dreams are some of the ingredients this story is based on. It made me smile and certain disclosures … I did not see them coming.
The short chapters spur you on. You want to keep on reading and honestly that’s the only thing you want to do once you have started. No need to add after all this that I loved it , but I am going to anyway : I loved it! 5 stars.
Thank you, Anna Mansell, Bookouture and Netgalley.
About the author
Anna had a brush with ‘fame’ as a magician’s assistant back in 1977. She later decided that being sawn in half by her magical performing father, at barely 6 months old, was too submissive a role. She vowed to channel the trauma in to something much more pro-actively creative. Having failed at acting, singing and professional murder mystery parties (she was ALWAYs the one to die!), she fell to something much more solitary: writing. She has written three novels, published by Bookouture, her fourth – HER BEST FRIEND’S SECRET – comes out on April 1st, 2019. Anna lives on a dairy farm in Cornwall with her two children, her husband, and her ex-racing greyhound, Olive Dog.
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