We first met the Devlin sisters in Me and My Sisters (2012) and The Secrets Sisters Keep continues the story of Julie, Louise and Sophie and the ups and downs of their lives as mothers, sisters and lovers.
As always, the story draws in you in from the beginning and exudes such warmth that you can't help but be beguiled by all the sisters.All their stories are realistic and well observed. There's Julie, who is coming to terms with unexpected wealth and whose quartet of feisty young sons keep her busy. Louise, the corporate lawyer whose controlled approach to life includes the care of her beloved daughter, Clara. And then, there's Sophie, who fears growing old and who sees her ex- husband comfortably playing happy families with his new, and much younger lover.
And yet, despite, the close bond between the sisters , they all have secrets which they would rather keep hidden, but as with everything else in their lives, they realise that sometimes it's important to have someone to share the bad bits with as well as all the good stuff.
I really enjoyed this story. It covers some tough issues which everyone can relate to and yet presents them in a very readable format. It's not necessary to have read Me and My Sisters as the story is very easy to pick up and their are a few hints to the past which makes this current story fall into place very easily.
A lovely book for a quiet read in the garden on a sunny afternoon.
My thanks to Penguin for my copy of The Secrets Sisters Keep.