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Love, Secrets, and Absolution

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People in the village gossip about Grace’s son, Alfie.

He’s a lonely boy full of secrets, lies, and obsessive thoughts.

How far can a mother’s love go? Will she ultimately sacrifice her life for his?

Set in Nottinghamshire, this family drama follows the lives of Grace and Alfie as he transforms from a naïve, young boy into a teenager spiralling out of control.

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Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Globeflower Books
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Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Someone (I wish I could remember who -- and if it's you, please tell me) recommended Love, Secrets, and Absolution by K.L. Loveley earlier this year. I downloaded the book while it was free, then it sat in my TBR on Kindle Reader until I had time to read it. I am trying to clear off all my ARCS, giveaways or commitments on authors I know, so I chose this one to read while boarding a flight over the holidays. I'm glad I did -- it's quite a good story - 4.5 stars! (It's so
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Grace and Paul had been trying for sometime to have a baby before she finally falls pregnant. Alfie makes his appearance in the world and as he grows up and takes in his surrounding and other, he realises that he is not quite the same as other children. Paul is aware that his son is a little different, Grace loves her son regardless. Set during a time of miners strikes in Nottinghamshire, money is tight, nerves are frayed and emotions run riot, the reader is allowed into this little family group ...more
Michelle Ryles
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-read
What a wealth of emotions I experienced whilst reading this heartwarming book. I always find that books told from different perspectives get right under my skin. Seeing a story unfold from both sides gives the reader an insight that we wish we could have in real life. Alas, you can never know what somebody is thinking but in the world of books and fiction we become marvellous, magical mind-readers!

K.L. Loveley has written an emotional, frank and thoughtful book on a family dealing with Asperger'
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was approached by the author to see if I would like to review Love Secrets & Absolution after reading her previous novel Alice.

The blurb immediately gripped me and I willingly began to read. Now very occasionally I get a book where I am so immersed that ‘real life’ ceases to exist. I flew through the pages of Love Secrets & Absolution and was so desperate to reach the conclusion that I was still reading at 3am!

My heart went out to Grace, she is the mother of Alfie. Grace is absolutely besotted
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love, Secrets, and Absolution was such a moving and poignant book. It is the tale of a family torn apart because of the son Alfie's autism, his mother Grace's devotion and defense of him while everyone else (including his father) says Alfie is just not "quite right". Told from alternating viewpoints, starting with Alfie as an infant, and progressing with him up through college, it is a unique look at what autistic kids and families with a member afflicted go through. It starts at a time when not ...more
Donna Maguire

This book took me on a whirlwind of emotions, at times I found it to be extremely well written and the story was so well thought through and planned, it was clearly evident that the author loves and cares about the subject in this book.

I know a few people with Asperger's Syndrome and I know how well they cope, but also how hard it can be, and how difficult it has been in the past for them - this book is set back in the 1980s when there was not the same und
Grace J Reviewerlady
This is a remarkable read, and I’m really not sure how to convey what a striking novel it is. One thing’s for sure, K. L. Loveley’s Secrets, Love & Absolution is a book which is going to stay with me for a long, long time.

This is the story of Alfie, a much longed-for child for his mother Grace. Older than usual, she loves and cherishes Alfie with all that she is capable of and they have a very strong bond. Despite the opinions of others – including her husband, his father – that Alfie isn’t a no
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought it was wonderful how Paul's POV was also included; though I wished there had been more of his Point of View in the novel, he would have been a slight contrast to Grace. I got a copy in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Star rating is more a 3.75 than 4!

I struggled a fair amount with the first half of this book; a lot of the writing, especially the dialogue, felt robotic & I wish that some of the themes had been explored in more detail. If Alfie's childhood & early teen years had been explored more, with more detail & pages, my overall rating would definitely be higher.

I ate up the second half hungrily though, & read it in one sitting. Reading about Alfie's experiences as an older-teenager & a student at unive
Teresa Kander
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-drama
This book is the story of a family of a child with Asperberger's Syndrome. Although we don't learn exactly what makes Alfie so different until he is a college student, I had a strong suspicion much sooner based on his behaviors and his feelings.
The book has chapters from the point of view of Grace (the mother), Alfie (the child) and Paul (the father). I loved the chapters from Alfie's point of view as an infant and toddler--they were definitely a new perspective on things.
Reading all the challen
Ieva Strupisa
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I participate in a blog tour and I was offered an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The blurb intrigued me, the cover is really adorable and I jumped to the opportunity to read a freshly published novel (the publication date is the 1st of November) and share my opinion with you.

You can read my full review here:
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a gift for a fair and honest review

This was an excellent book and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an excellent read. I look forward to reading more of this author's work.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Love, Secrets, and Absolution is K. L. Lovely’s second novel, and it is her first book published by Globeflower Books, an imprint of The Globeflower Agency, LTD. Love, Secrets, and Absolution is the story of Grace, her husband, Paul, and their son, Alfie. The story follows the family through Alfie’s birth, Paul’s affair, which causes an immediate split, and the trials and triumphs Grace and Alfie experience as Alfie grows up and lives life through the filter of a young man with Asperger’s Syndro ...more
Julie Shetler
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding story

Wonderful story hard to put down . I would recommend to anyone. You really root for the main character .
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Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I couldn't finish this book. I could see what the author was trying to accomplish, but the P.O.V from the child, especially the early ones had content that he could not know or understand and creeped me out and because of this I stopped reading. Other people might enjoy this style of writing, so don't be put of and consider other peoples reviews. Most of mine are 4 and 5 stars because there is a lot of books to get through in the world and I'll never have enough time to read them all, so if a bo ...more
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