The Secret Sister (Fairham Island #1) by Brenda Novak
Released: August 1, 2015
Genre: Romantic suspense
Reviewed by Sarah
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Did she once have a sister? Has her mother lied all these years? Why?
After a painful divorce, Maisey Lazarow returns to Fairham, the small island off the North Carolina coast where she grew up. She goes there to heal and to help her brother, Keith, a deeply troubled man who's asked her to come home. But she refuses to stay in the family house. The last person she wants to see is the wealthy, controlling mother she escaped years ago.
Instead, she finds herself living next door to someone else she'd prefer to avoid Rafe Romero, the wild, reckless boy to whom she lost her virginity at sixteen. He's back on the island, and to her surprise, he's raising a young daughter alone. Maisey's still attracted to him, but her heart's too broken to risk…
Then something even more disturbing happens. She discovers a box of photographs that evoke distant memories of a little girl, a child Keith remembers, too. Maisey believes the girl must've been their sister, but their mother claims there was no sister.
Maisey's convinced that child existed. So where is she now?
Brenda Novak has done it again! This is another compelling story that doesn’t quite fit just one category. It has it all; romance, suspense, drama.
With her loving father deceased, Maisey fled her childhood home to escape a callous and controlling mother to start anew with the love of her life. Now a decade later, her life has experience more tragedy and the demise of her marriage. She returns to Fairham to try to help her troubled brother but to also regroup and start a new life. While her homecoming may not be entirely of her own accord, she still pushes her limits and establishes boundaries with her mother. She refuses to stay in the main house, instead opting for a small bungalow in what were her father’s development and subsequently the home of a majority of the happy memories from her youth.
With her brother almost immediately disappearing on her, she finds herself in need of assistance from her new neighbor and the development’s contractor, Rafe. Now an adult and father, she can’t quite reconcile him to be the same raucous boy who took her virginity all those years ago. Almost immediately she begins to have feelings for him even though any romance has been absent from her life for a couple of years. She quickly resists scratching the itch because she doesn’t feel it is something she even wants or needs complicating her life any further.
As Maisey begins to regain her sense of self and worth, she is plunged into a mystery she didn’t know existed. With the discovery of photographs which appear to include another sibling, she sets off on a journey to find out what really happened.
Like her other titles, The Secret Sister grips you from the beginning while laying an intricate storyline to keep you entranced throughout. The mystery keeps the story moving forward with fervor, while the romance balances the tension to keep the story from being too heavy. All in all another remarkable book from Novak.
Rating: 4 Stars
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