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My Mother’s Secret
by Julia Roberts
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Cover image of the book 'My Mother's Secret' by author Julia Roberts




“Mum didn’t make any excuses not to attend her appointment today, and as a consequence we’re very early for her 11.30 with Dr Ranjid. So early, in fact, that we have popped into the hospital cafeteria for coffee and cake. I’ve sat her down at a table near the window while I queue up to get served. It’s very different from the cosy hospital cafe at Beechmede where I’d sat chatting to Linda on Friday afternoon, but I suppose that’s because it’s at least four times the size.

I didn’t see Linda when I called in at Beechmede with my birth certificate during my lunchbreak yesterday. Grace photocopied it and then handed the original back to me saying she would forward my query about Jason to the records office. I went over in my mind what I’d originally said to Grace and was pretty sure I wasn’t landing Linda in trouble by being more specific about the information I wanted from them. All I really need to know is Jason’s case number and in what part of the extensive grounds he may have been buried. I no longer needed confirmation that my mum’s baby had never taken a breath. I also mentioned to Grace that Mum didn’t have long to live and how I hoped to show her where her baby was buried before she herself died. Grace didn’t make any promises, but I saw compassion in her eyes and knew she would do her very best to hurry things along”

Cover image of the book 'My Mother's Secret' by author Julia Roberts

If you still need to know more, here are the opening lines:-

“Taking one last look up at my mum’s bedroom window, I pull the garden gate closed and lock it behind me. It feels cruel leaving her on her own, particularly as it’s the last night she will spend in the house where she has lived her entire life, but I’m bone-achingly tired and I need some rest if I’m to cope with what lies ahead”

Cover image of the book 'My Mother's Secret' by author Julia Roberts

And of course, the all important synopsis:-

Cover image of the book 'My Mother's Secret' by author Julia RobertsThe phone call comes in the middle of the night, rousing Danni from her safe, warm bed. The police have found her mother Diana wandering along the main road, miles from her house, confused and lost.

Danni races to her mother’s side, but when she arrives, as always, her mother doesn’t seem to care. ‘Go away, Danni,’ she says. ‘I don’t want you.’

When she was a child, Danni would lie awake at night wondering what she had done to make her mother so cold. Now she is determined to put the past behind them and make Diana as happy as she can in the time they have left.

But as some of Diana’s memories are slipping away, others are forcing their way to the surface. One night Diana breaks down in tears and reveals her heart-breaking secret. Years before Danni was born, there was another baby who never got to see the world. Now there is one last thing Danni can do for her mother. She will find her brother’s resting place, and bring Diana some peace.

But good intentions can have unexpected consequences, and soon Danni’s life will be changed forever. Are some secrets best left buried.

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • This one doesn’t “grab me” right off the mark, but I won’t pass judgement until you’ve made your full review of it. Never say never… 😉

    • Hi Kelly,

      I’m afraid that my review may not be very forthcoming for you either, as it would have given away too many ‘spoilers’.

      The mother, Diana, is the character central to the storyline and it is around her that all the sub-stories pivot, in one way or another. Shattered family dynamics, secrets and lies, are the recurring theme, however there are some really unexpected twists and turns which I never saw coming and which add plenty of intrigue.

      Often sad, but also quite uplifting!

      Maybe still not your ‘thing’, but I hope that helps 🙂

  • This is not a book for me. The mother sounds quite terrible. Yes, one of her children died, but not caring for the one who is still alive is not something I might be willing to read. That is mainly because I would get so annoyed by the story. I hope you like it though. 🙂

    • Hi Anca,

      I suppose if you look at the storyline in the cold light of day, then yes! your potted, black and white premise is quite accurate. However, there is definitely much more to this story than that, and there are certainly more grey areas and twists in the storyline than you might imagine.

      I actually really enjoyed this one and I have just finished my review, ready for January!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

      • When it comes to motherhood, things are quite white and black for me, unlike all the other aspects of life, which are constantly changing shades of grey. 🙂
        All is well with me. Hope you are having a lovely time for NYE. xx

        • I must admit that I am the worst person for things being only black or white, right or wrong. I never see the grey areas as a rule!

          I’m not saying that I personally don’t agree with your analysis of this book, however, without giving too much away, there are certain other factors that come into play, which might make ‘terrible’ a bit too strong a word for a lot of other people, when describing Diana!

          We shall be staying at home over New Year, the same as we did at Christmas. There are far too many idiots out there for my liking. We actually played a game of Scrabble on Christmas Day, which is something we haven’t done for ages! 🙂

    • Hi Laura,

      The storyline is indeed very sad, however it also turns out to be quite intriguing, with plenty of twists and turns which I wasn’t expecting. The family dynamics are extremely volatile and only prove to highlight the destructive nature of lies and deceit between its members!

      Thanks for stopping by and I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year 🙂

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