Firstly I wish to thank Rachel Gilbey for inviting me to take part on this Blog tour for Keeping the Secrets by Alice Graysharp
The keeper of family secrets, Patricia Roberts grows up isolated and lonely. Trust no one and you won’t be disappointed is her motto. Three men fall in love with her and she learns to trust, only to find that their agendas are not her own. With secrets concealed from her by the ultimate love of her life, and with her own secret to keep, duplicity and deceit threaten their relationship. In a coming of age story set against the sweeping backdrop of the Second World War – evacuation, the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, buzz bombs and secret war work – Patricia ultimately has to decide whether to reveal her deepest held secret for the sake of her future happiness.
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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
As I am just beginning my review I reread the Prologue, a statement written by Patricia Adela Roberts and I got goose bumps. I had been on a journey with Patricia in the years of turning from a girl to a woman through a time when she really needed her family round her but circumstances made it impossible.
The story begins on Saturday 2nd September 1939. The day she was leaving the city to go and live in the countryside with many other children that were being shipped out for their safety while their parents kept the cities functioning in defiance of the enemy. Patricia wasn’t a girl that I particularly took to straight away I really didn’t like how she viewed other girls for not making career choices like she wanted. The more I read though and the more I understood her and the more I understood her the more I wanted her to succeed and by the end of the book it had me in tears.
This is a story not just about war but the people and attitudes of the times. Pat has been raised moving from place to place and not to trust anyone so making friends wasn’t easy for her. As the war years unfold Pat tells of three very different relationships that she has which three very different men. It is here that I felt that I got to know the real Pat and how very hard these times were.
Alice Graysharp has written a wonderful insight into these uncertain years that made people grasp and cling onto an anchor back home to focus on to come back to. She touched my heart with her writing and now I just want to know what happens after the war. Although I thought of this as Pat’s story there are chapters that at times alternate between Pat and the men in her life. It fills some of the gaps that Pat would only find out about later.
A beautiful ending to a beautifully told story. I will read more of Alice Graysharp’s books when they are published. I wish to thank Clink Street Publishers and Authoright UK for an ARC of this book which I reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised in the Home Counties, Alice Graysharp has enjoyed a varied working life from hospitality to office work and retail. She currently lives in Surrey. This is her first novel, and the first title in a two book series, she is also already working on a seventeenth century trilogy.
Published in the anniversary month of the outbreak of the Second World War and the Battle of Britain Website: https://www.alicegraysharp.com/