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The Secrets Between Us

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A gripping mystery with a heart breaking revelation The Secrets Between Us is a sublimely satisfying story of lost love betrayal and the dangers of warPerfect for fans of Kate Morton's The Lake House and Dinah Jeffries' Before the RainsHigh in the mountains in the South of France eighteen year old Ceci Corvin is trying hard to carry on as normal But in 1943 there is no such. 45 starsI received a free digital copy of this book from the publishersauthor via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThe Secrets Between Us is a beautifully told tale of two different women one part of the story is told by Celeste an 18 year old woman living in a mountainside French village under Italian control in 1943 that sees an influx of Jewish refugees Celeste becomes friends with a young woman called Myrian and it changes her life Fifty years later Celeste’s granddaughter Annie is trying to uncover her grandmother’s past which means unearthing secrets that have stayed buried for a very long timeThis book definitely surprised me with how beautifully told it was and how easily it sucked me into the tale I had been expecting a completely different kind of love story truth be told so the direction this book went threw me off guard at first but then just made me love the book and story so much It tells a tale of a wonderful female friendship as well as a love that burned for over half a century I was definitely a lot connected to Celeste’s story than Annie’s Annie seemed very dull and boring compared to Celeste because she wasn’t really doing much and her story was really just a tool so we could see what had become of our Celeste There were some points made to try and flesh out Annie a bit like the potential of a relationship with the village doctor and a job in the library in Nice but it all fell a bit flat for me because I just always wanted to get back to Celeste in 1943I have to say I felt for poor Paul He wasn’t a bad character overall and some of Celeste’s actions were a little bit selfish at times view spoilerthough she was of course pushed into the marriage by her parents but I thought the fact we never got a conversation between him and Celeste before he died a bit sad and I feel like he was slightly shortchanged when he had died trying to protect Celeste and her family hide spoiler Why I Am A Jew revelation The Secrets Between Us is a sublimely satisfying story of lost love betrayal and the dangers of warPerfect for fans of Kate Morton's The Lake House and Dinah Jeffries' Before the RainsHigh in the mountains in the South of France eighteen year old Ceci Corvin is trying hard to carry on as normal But in 1943 there is no such. 45 starsI Cursed by Darkness (Befallen Tides, received a free digital copy of this book from the publishersauthor via NetGalley in exchange for an honest Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, reviewThe Secrets Between Us is a beautifully told tale of two different women one part of the story is told by Celeste an 18 year old woman living in a mountainside French village under Italian control in 1943 that sees an influx of Jewish Kick-boxing pour la ligne refugees Celeste becomes friends with a young woman called Myrian and it changes her life Fifty years later Celeste’s granddaughter Annie is trying to uncover her grandmother’s past which means unearthing secrets that have stayed buried for a very long timeThis book definitely surprised me with how beautifully told it was and how easily it sucked me into the tale I had been expecting a completely different kind of love story truth be told so the direction this book went threw me off guard at first but then just made me love the book and story so much It tells a tale of a wonderful female friendship as well as a love that burned for over half a century I was definitely a lot connected to Celeste’s story than Annie’s Annie seemed very dull and boring compared to Celeste because she wasn’t Firm Abs Flat Stomach really doing much and her story was Vacaciones Fatales 2/ Fatal Vacations 2 really just a tool so we could see what had become of our Celeste There were some points made to try and flesh out Annie a bit like the potential of a Living the Eternal Way relationship with the village doctor and a job in the library in Nice but it all fell a bit flat for me because I just always wanted to get back to Celeste in 1943I have to say I felt for poor Paul He wasn’t a bad character overall and some of Celeste’s actions were a little bit selfish at times view spoilerthough she was of course pushed into the marriage by her parents but I thought the fact we never got a conversation between him and Celeste before he died a bit sad and I feel like he was slightly shortchanged when he had died trying to protect Celeste and her family hide spoiler

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Thing as normal; especially not for a young woman in love with the wrong person Scandal it would seem can be dangerous than warFifty years later Annie is looking for her long lost grandmother Armed with nothing than a sheaf of papers she travels from England to Paris in pursuit of the truth But as she traces her grandmother’s story Annie uncovers something she wasn’t exp. The best thing about book clubs is that every once in a while a book is chosen which isn’t your usual type but you give it a go anyway and end up loving it The secret between us was one of those books When I got half way through this book I was determined that I would give it 5 stars however I had a few ualms regarding events which happened towards the end of the book The ending and epilogue seemed a bit rushed and thrown together However putting those few things to one side this was still a beautifully written book which told two women’s stories about life love and struggles during the war I didn’t predict the twist regarding Evie and it really showed the lengths people will go to for true love I’d definitely recommend this book and I’ll be looking up other books by this author Let God Guide You Daily regarding events which happened towards the end of the book The ending and epilogue seemed a bit The Art of the Hustle rushed and thrown together However putting those few things to one side this was still a beautifully written book which told two women’s stories about life love and struggles during the war I didn’t predict the twist Adolfo Kaminsky regarding Evie and it Aik Thi Sara / ایک تھی سارہ really showed the lengths people will go to for true love I’d definitely 23 Weihnachts-Tiergeschichten recommend this book and I’ll be looking up other books by this author

Laura Madeleine ¸ 3 read

Ecting something that changes everything she knew about her family – and everything she thought she knew about herselfLaura Madeleine's writing is‘Sublimely satisfying’ Veronica Henry author of The Forever House‘Mouth watering and mysterious’ Leah Fleming author of The Glovemaker's Daughter‘Delightful and delicious’ Nina George author of The Little Paris Booksh. What a beautifully written story I loved the way that the chapters switched seamlessly from past to present and back again I’ve read plenty of books set during wartime but felt that this was an original take on events I did guess how Ceci’s story would end but it still brought a tear to my eye Let God Guide You Daily read plenty of books set during wartime but felt that this was an original take on events I did guess how Ceci’s story would end but it still brought a tear to my eye


10 thoughts on “The Secrets Between Us

  1. says:

    I’ve been a big fan of Laura Madeleine since I read her first book The Confectioner’s Daughter  So you can therefore imagine my excitement when I was offered a copy of her latest book and invited onto the blog tour as I think this is her best book yetThe story alternates between 1993 and Annie’s journey to try and find her grandmere and Ceci’s story in 1943 describing her life in a small mountain village near the Italian border  Unusually for a dual time line story I enjoyed both sides of the story finding both Annie’s and Ceci’s story fascinatingI’m a big fan of WW2 fiction and love reading books about that period particularly if they are regarding a different side of the war then I had read before  I hadn’t read much about the Italian Occupation of parts of France or about the Jew that were sent to border towns to be kept an eye on  The story of their plight was very poignant to read about  We all know the story of what happened in the Holocaust but I still always hope for a happy of different outcome and then the truth of what happened always shocks me anewLaura’s fantastic descriptions of life in the small french town makes you feel that you are really there watching all the action unfold  I felt that I knew all of the characters personally which made me much invested in what happens to them  As with her other books the author particularly has a fantastic way of describing food sot that the reader feels that they can almost smell and taste the food mentioned  I again found myself looking up recipes for the food that she mentions as I wanted to make it myselfOne of the best things about this book was that there were no amazing coincidences  Annie doesn’t discover her grand mere or her story by chance instead she unfolds the secrets in real time at a normal pace which I felt made this story realistic and enjoyableThe build up to the ending was absolutely brilliant  The reader is aware about halfway through the book that something big happens at a certain date and with every chapter headed with a date the reader is very aware of a count down as such towards this date  Toward the end of the book I literally couldn’t put the book down and read late into the night when with a small baby I should have been getting sleep while I could  The tension and uncertainty felt by the characters in particular Celeste was almost palpable and felt so real that i was totally swept away with the story  I simultaneously wanted to read on to discover what happened and wanted the story to never end as I had so enjoyed it Always a sign of a good bookThis is Laura Madeleine’s third book and the third that I have been lucky enough to read  She is one of my favourite authors and one that I always recommend when asked  A comparison to Kate Morton is uite common at the moment but in this case it is definitely deserved and if you are a fan of Kate Morton or Kate Mosse you will enjoy this bookHuge thanks to Hannah Bright and Transworld publishers for my copy of this book and for inviting me on the blog tour


  2. says:

    Well that was unexpected I would not have chosen this book from the blurb the cover definitely lets it down too very mills boon looking? but just wow Very thankful it was a book club choice so I did pick it up A great read lovely writing full of emotion unpredictable twists all leading to a very satisfying finale I have one big issue with it a big spoiler so don’t read on if you haven’t read it If Myriam only had St Antoine as a point of contact sole link with her girls why on earth didn’t Celeste return there after the war? Arrrgh I also had some minor issues where credibility was stretched such as how easily Annie found Celeste in the care home at the end of the novel finding Myriam’s book in the first book shop she tries wouldn’t Celeste have kept looking for a book over the years too? I am nit picking on the whole it was a fabulous read Recommended


  3. says:

    45 starsI received a free digital copy of this book from the publishersauthor via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThe Secrets Between Us is a beautifully told tale of two different women one part of the story is told by Celeste an 18 year old woman living in a mountainside French village under Italian control in 1943 that sees an influx of Jewish refugees Celeste becomes friends with a young woman called Myrian and it changes her life Fifty years later Celeste’s granddaughter Annie is trying to uncover her grandmother’s past which means unearthing secrets that have stayed buried for a very long timeThis book definitely surprised me with how beautifully told it was and how easily it sucked me into the tale I had been expecting a completely different kind of love story truth be told so the direction this book went threw me off guard at first but then just made me love the book and story so much It tells a tale of a wonderful female friendship as well as a love that burned for over half a century I was definitely a lot connected to Celeste’s story than Annie’s Annie seemed very dull and boring compared to Celeste because she wasn’t really doing much and her story was really just a tool so we could see what had become of our Celeste There were some points made to try and flesh out Annie a bit like the potential of a relationship with the village doctor and a job in the library in Nice but it all fell a bit flat for me because I just always wanted to get back to Celeste in 1943I have to say I felt for poor Paul He wasn’t a bad character overall and some of Celeste’s actions were a little bit selfish at times view spoilerthough she was of course pushed into the marriage by her parents but I thought the fact we never got a conversation between him and Celeste before he died a bit sad and I feel like he was slightly shortchanged when he had died trying to protect Celeste and her family hide spoiler


  4. says:

    The Secrets Between Us is another sumptuous and mouth watering offering from culinary fiction genius Laura MadeleineI first came across this authors work last year with 'Where The Wild Cherries Grow' and was instantly in love with her style of writing So I was thrilled when I started The Secrets Between Us to see that her very uniue style was mirrored in this bookWith the authors tried and tested format of being written in the voice of two people; Ceci set in 1943 telling the story as it happened and Annie in 1993 investigating what happened the two weave seamlessly unveiling the tale of Celeste Corvin Picot Ceci Annie's grand mere and her complicated love life of the war torn years of 1943 in a little mountain village in the South of FranceBut of course the story is not just merely the telling of a love story There is the side of Annie too that needs to be discovered Annie raised by a single mother and always left wondering about her father whom she never knew and her long lost grand mere who she had not seen since she was a child following a fight between her mother and mothers mother Annie is lost With little self confidence or courage she struggles to know who she is By finding her grand mere and forcing herself on an adventure she never thought she was brave enough to take she is finally discovering her true sense of selfOnce again Madeleine has told a gripping and engaging story in the most gentle way by infusing the most beautiful and sense enhancing imagery into it This time we are tempted into this world by baking bread of all descriptions leave you wanting to run out to the nearest baker asking for a loaf hot out of the oven just to touch and inhale to give you the same sense of purpose as what it gives the character in the book It is so clever I never knew a description of fougassette could be made so sensual this is the genius of Laura MadeleineI said in my review of Where the Wild Cherries it is rare I find a book I keep because I know it will be one I return to read again and again but in that book I had found one It is even rarer I find two by the same author where I will do the same I think the Laura Madeleine collection will be that first however


  5. says:

    This book was sublime I don't think I expected to enjoy it uite as much as I did Told from the perspective of 2 women 1 in 1943 and 1 in 1993 I have always felt an affinity for these novels but found myself leaning drastically towards enjoyment of 1 story over the other however both Celeste and Annie's stories had me captivated as it raced to a gripping climaxI had tears teetering on the brink at the end and I felt some of the tension and fear that some people Jews in this instance must have felt during the war Some of the descriptions were bordering on poetic and I loved Laura's writing style A clearly well researched book I will absolutely be picking up another of her novels


  6. says:

    The best thing about book clubs is that every once in a while a book is chosen which isn’t your usual type but you give it a go anyway and end up loving it The secret between us was one of those books When I got half way through this book I was determined that I would give it 5 stars however I had a few ualms regarding events which happened towards the end of the book The ending and epilogue seemed a bit rushed and thrown together However putting those few things to one side this was still a beautifully written book which told two women’s stories about life love and struggles during the war I didn’t predict the twist regarding Evie and it really showed the lengths people will go to for true love I’d definitely recommend this book and I’ll be looking up other books by this author


  7. says:

    What a beautifully written story I loved the way that the chapters switched seamlessly from past to present and back again I’ve read plenty of books set during wartime but felt that this was an original take on events I did guess how Ceci’s story would end but it still brought a tear to my eye


  8. says:

    This was an audible book and my first with this author I loved it so much that I already have some of her older books on my TBR shelf All of the voices were great so no complaints there The author did a great job with all the characters and they were all brought to life through this listen Told in dual timelines we are treated to Annie’s world of 1993 and Celeste’s Cici of 1943 the summer she knew the greatest hunger fear and love I loved Ceci and reading of her times in the bakery with her beloved father The bread and pastries sounded so delicious that I had to look them up on my computer The love story aspect really surprised me I was shocked at first but then thought why not? 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 The story moves back and forth between Ceci Corvin living high up in the French mountains near the Italian border in 1943 The war is at its height and the little village of Saint Antoine may seem like a refuge for some but outside forces make their mark ever known I never knew that refugees were put in some small villages till this book I would recommend this book to anyone I believe that part of this story was part of the author's past and she certainly brought it to life with this book


  9. says:

    Makes me want to visit a bakery and go to Nice again A heartbreaking story about World War II and it's conseuences on the lives of ordinary people The ending was a bit Hollywood esue but I can live with that this time around


  10. says:

    would’ve liked for the epilogue to be a little detailed but all in all this was a great read and much better than expected couldn’t put it down