Authoress: Melissa Senate
Genre: Adult Fiction
My summary: Rebecca learns (on her father's death bed) that when she was two years old her kind doting dad once cheated on her mother and fathered another girl. A little girl he never saw, visited, helped support, or even acknowledged. Now, at almost thirty years of age, with nothing to lose and everything to gain Rebecca sets out to find her half sister.
My say: Some stories just resonate within you. They crawl up in side your chest and take residence. Some writers know just how to describe a feeling, thought, or emotion. They leave you thinking, "Wow. She felt and wondered the very same things I would have in her situation." That is how The Secret of Joy left me.
Main character: Beautifully resilient
Plot: Heartbreaking yet hopeful
Writing: Thoughtful and thought provoking
Setting: Alluring and welcoming
Story and theme: Believable
My verdict: Rebecca's journey through understanding why people cheat and what makes family family is an honest endearing venture through love's ugly (sometimes insecure and other times glorious) underbelly.
My recommendation: Read this when you are feeling reflective. No worries it is heavy but it is served light.
My cover thoughts: This fun lively cover is perfect for the story. If I knew how to do cartwheels I would be doing some right now.
My star rating: 5 out of 5 stars; I loved it so much I want to read it again.
My kiddie-o-meter: Sex, some foul language, and a strong base of infidelity and marital woes make this tale best suited for older teens and adults.
My adult-o-meter: Adults will love this story and the wide array of interesting female characters.
My shout-outs: I am so glad I won this book over at Reading with Tequila. I may never have read it otherwise and I am so grateful I did. Thank you Jennifer!
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My final thoughts: This book got me thinking what would you do if you suddenly learned you had a half sister?