Title: The Secrets Between Us
Author: Laura Madeleine
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance,
Is this Part of a series? No.
Published: April 19th, 2018 in paper back, though Goodreads says it has been available since January…. maybe in the UK
When Annie if finally given the green light to find her estranged grandmother nothing else seems to matter. Not the low level clerical job she has instead of the librarian or archivist she should be, not the fact that she pilfered a government file, and not the fact that the only address she has is twenty years old.
Little does she know that finding Grandma Celeste is only the beginning, that it will lead to a mad-cap escape from a retirement home and a trip into the past.
Celeste, for her part, can’t get over her past. She has made so many mistakes and missed so much, kept so many secrets. It’s time, with her granddaughter, to go back home. To see if there isn’t someone waiting for her after all, or if it will only be memories.
Told in dual timelines we are treated to Annie’s world of 1993, and Celeste’s of 1943- the summer she knew the greatest hunger, fear and love.
I have such an author- crush on this woman. Every time I read one of her books I feel broken and made again. There’s so much beauty in her stories. Emotions- highs and lows. The descriptions are amazing, the plot rich and seamless. Madeleine has an amazing way of bringing her characters to life. They are gloriously multifaceted, even the “villains” of a story are not without pieces of humanity. I think I love that most about her stories.
Celeste was a really interesting character to me, strong and determined. At times she seemed very naive as well, but had a core of strength that I really admired. I liked how she saw the refugees coming into town- Daniel and Myriam Reese along with the young Wolf and all the others. The love story aspect really surprised me. I adored it, as I feel like it added a lot to the story. I felt deeply for Myriam’s plight, her fear and feeling of being trapped.
Honestly, I just loved all of it. My words aren’t enough…. they never seem to be with her stories. Instead, at the bottom of the post I will be placing a quote I loved that, to me, showcases her amazing descriptive abilities. For me, this is a five star book.
On the adult content scale, there is a little language- nothing major, violence, and some sexual content. It was artfully done and not very explicit, so I would still give this to an older teen. Let’s give it a four.
The book is out, have you read it?
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And now…. the quotes:
‘….It has been a summer stolen. A summer of sky. A summer of riches. Of clear water tasting of far-off winter. Of meat and blood, the flesh of the mountain, carved from bone. Of wild fruit, ripe as honey, sundering at a touch. A summer of wheat, ground by stone and transformed by an ancient recipe, of bitter herbs and oil as old as distant land across the sea.
Mountain and flesh, sweat and skin, bread and salt: life. Love. This summer has drained me, drenched me, wrung me dry, but still I reach for more….’ Myriam on her summer with Celeste in Saint-Antione.