It’s 1969 and free-spirited artist Elin Morgan has left Wales for a sun-drenched Greek island. As she makes new friends and enjoys the laidback lifestyle, she writes all about it in her diary. But Elin’s carefree summer of love doesn’t last long, and her island experience ultimately leaves her with a shocking secret …
Twenty-two years later, Elin’s daughter Alexandra has inherited the diary and is reeling from its revelations. The discovery compels Alexandra to make her own journey to the same island, following in her mother’s footsteps. Once there, she sets about uncovering what really happened to Elin in that summer of ’69.
Title: Her Mother’s Secret
Author: Jan Baynham
Genre: Romance, Mystery
Published: April 21, 2020
Publisher: Ruby Fiction/Choc Lit
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Since I’m currently living in a world gone a bit crazy where my “normal” is so far removed from that ideal, picking up Her Mother’s Secret was a refreshing journey with a far different worldview point told by a mother and her daughter several years apart through the, now deceased, mother’s diary. While I’d call this story more mystery than anything else, there are several layers to Alexandra’s journey as she follows in her mother’s footsteps by returning to Greece and hoping to discover what really happened during Elin’s summer on the Greek island of Péfka.
Told roughly twenty years apart, we get two different stories through the eyes of mother and daughter. While the reader may actually know a bit more than Alexandra does through the narrative part of Elin’s story, the parallels are rather astounding at times. I was easily swept up in Her Mother’s Secret through the vividly beautiful descriptions of the Greek island, the people we encounter along the way, and the strong emotions scattered throughout this journey.
If you love a story with a touch of mystery, colorful descriptions that allow you to feel as if you’re on the island of Péfka yourself, and an engaging way that a daughter connects to her mother’s memory that may bring tears to your eyes – then pick up Her Mother’s Secret just as soon as possible. I believe you’ll be completely lost in the story and escape from our unusual reality of the moment.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Ruby Fiction/Choc Lit Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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