Sunday, June 28, 2015
Review of The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak
Maisey Lazarow returns to Fairham, NC, her childhood home in hopes of finding peace and helping her brother get better. After losing her first born child and having her marriage to a man she had been with for almost ten years Maisey is unsure of what her future holds and what she is supposed to do. However, one thing is for certain and that is that she can not fall for Rafe Romero again, the first man she ever had ever been with. But that remains hard when he lives a couple bungalows down and is such a great single father to his daughter Laney.
Rafe Romero had been a reckless kid in his younger years with no worries in the world and didn't care about anyone but himself. However, that changed when he had his baby girl and later found out she was blind. Now a changed man and a single father he has no interest in getting involved with Maisey Lazarow and her rich family. Fate however, has other plans for him and Maisey.
Will Maisey be able uncover a secret about her family that will set her brother free and stay away from a man she can't stop thinking about? Can Rafe convince Maisey that she is worthy of his love and that they can build a life together?
I received and ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest, non biased review.
This is the seventh book that I have read of Brenda Novak's and it was as good if not better than the first one I read of hers. With some authors you worry that if they are good at writing series that they might not do very good at stand alone novels. For Brenda that was not the case. I really enjoyed the depth and seriousness of this novel. As a reader she is able to grab you from the first chapter and hold you until the end.
Brenda did a great job from the start building the back story on the main character. It really helped me as a reader understand the character and it also set the tone for the rest of the book. In addition, I really enjoyed seeing how she incorporated more family into this story then I have read in her other books. I think that it was very much needed to tell the story.
Lastly, I loved how she through in the twist at the end. I honestly kept thinking one this was the truth all the way through the book and then she threw the curve ball in the last couple chapters. I would encourage those who like romance and mystery to read this book as it has both.
Can't wait to read her next book.