Next up on TWG today is the start of a brand new blog tour! I am delighted to be kicking off Rosie Travers blog tour for ‘Your Secret’s Safe With Me’ with a review. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:
Career girl Becca Gates’ organised life is thrown into chaos when her mother, romantic novelist Pearl, announces her surprise engagement to Jack, a man she has only just met.
Worse news follows when Pearl tells Becca she intends to leave London, quit writing, and retire to her new fiancé’s idyllic waterside home on the south coast. Becca is determined to prevent Pearl from making a disastrous mistake, but when she at arrives at Rivermede, more shocks await when she stumbles upon a familiar yet unwelcome face from her past.
As Pearl embraces her new life amongst the local sailing fraternity, Becca receives a grim warning that all is not as calm as it seems at picturesque Rivermede, and if she wants to keep her family safe, she should keep them away.
But why should Becca trust the man who has betrayed her before, the man who broke her heart, the man who thinks he knows all her secrets?
What does TWG think?
Isn’t that cover GORGEOUS?! Oh it’s super pretty! Having said that, don’t judge the book by the cover here, and I don’t mean that negatively. I mean, just look at the pretty yet subtle colours, the softness of the overall cover – you would expect the story to be as soft as the cover, right? Wrong!!! I genuinely thought that Rosie Travers’ novel was going to be completely different to what it actually was, but boy did I enjoy it!
Becca has been living in her mums shadow for as long as she can remember. If Pearl says to jump, Becca will ask how high, so when Pearl drops a bombshell, Becca can’t help but think that her mum is having one of her ‘moments’. That is until Becca goes to visit Pearl’s new life and the pieces begin to fit together.
For the age that Becca actually is, she comes across as someone much, much younger as I felt that she was a bit immature at times. I fully appreciate that her life has to change because of Pearl’s wishes, but if she wasn’t happy about the situations she found herself in, why go along for the ride and then simply moan about it afterwards?
I’m not saying that I disliked Becca, because I did like her and thought that she was a vital puzzle piece in the overall storyline – she just irked me at times, just like some of the other characters in the book.
I said at the start of this review that the book cover is softer than the actual storyline, and I still stand by that because the further into the storyline I read, the more surprised I became by the events that were unfolding. ‘Your Secret’s Safe With Me’ has the soft romance and uplifting outlook on life, yet it also has the fractured family dynamics and intense uncertainty regarding both the past, and the future.
I loved how the author incorporated some quite in depth themes into the storyline such as marriage woes, single parenting, dark secrets, and health. Such a mixture of content in one place and i just loved how it all came together in the end.
Rosie Travers is such a magnetic author who blew me away with her delivery of grit, as well as both likeable and dislikeable characters. ‘Your Secret’s Safe With Me’ is such an unexpected gem of a book, and I am absolutely gutted that it came to an end.
About the author.
Rosie Travers grew up in Southampton on the south coast of England and loved escaping into a good book at a very early age. After many years juggling motherhood and a variety of jobs in local government she moved to Southern California in 2009. With time on her hands she started a blog about the perils of ex-pat life which rekindled a teenage desire to become a writer. Now permanently settled back in the UK, Rosie takes inspiration from the towns and landscape of her native south coast and enjoys writing heart-warming stories sprinkled with mystery, tragedy, comedy and romance. Rosie’s debut novel, The Theatre of Dreams, was published by Crooked Cats Books in August 2018. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.
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