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How to Keep a Secret

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  3,371 ratings  ·  514 reviews
When three generations of women are brought together by crisis, they learn over the course of one hot summer the power of family to support, nourish and surprise

Lauren has the perfect life...if she ignores the fact it's a fragile house of cards, and that her daughter Mack has just had a teenage personality transplant.

Jenna is desperate to start a family with her husband, b
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by HQN
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Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Stars

Talk about getting pulled in Hook! Line! & Sinker! from the jump.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a departure from Sarah Morgan’s sexy, contemporary romances, but all the secrets and intrigue kept me burning through the pages. She created strong, relatable characters I cared about. But don’t worry, there is still plenty of romance within the storyline.

... What we’d seen felt like a weight crushing me. Deep down I knew we should tell, but if we told, everything would change. We’
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, chick-lit
I received this book for free from the publisher (Harlequin) as part of their bookstagram publicity campaign.

I loved this book!

A blurb on the back of the book from fellow author, Jill Shalvis, describes this book as being “Jane Green meets Sophie Kinsella.” I haven’t read anything by Jane Green but I definitely got a few Sophie Kinsella vibes from this (I love Sophie Kinsella if you didn’t already know). One of the characters, Lauren, lives in London at the beginning of the book, which reminds
Apr 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

***mini review ***

This was my very first Sarah Morgan book and since reading this I have read three others and she is now a auto read for me!(yes I am a little behind on some of my reviews, but trying to rectify this.) as I was going over my notes on this book I really wanted to drop everything and re-read it and I am not a re-reader. I love books about family dynamics especially about the mother daughter relationship. In this book we had three generations of strong compassionate
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Wow what can I say? For a start this is my first Sarah Morgan book, how come I never knew about this author!! What have I been missing out on!!

How can I, a mere mortal do this beautifully written book justice. Definitely the best family drama book I’ve read ,which made me smile, laugh and cry!!

When Tragedy strikes for Lauren, she and her sulky teenager Mack move to Martha’s Vineyard to be near her mother Nancy and sister Jenna. We find out why Nancy wasn’t the most maternal mother and secrets ar
How to Keep a Secret is my favorite book about sisters to date. Excellent women's fiction! It's about so much more than family dynamics though. It deals with marriage, parenting, infertility, grief, secrets, forgiveness, starting over, and second chances. I so enjoyed this book. Check it out!

My favorite quote:
"You never really knew what was going on in someone else's life."
Claire Robinson
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-b
4 - Take that step... Stars!

Sarah Morgan takes a step away from her normal one couple romance that her readers in general have become used to. Although over recent years those books have usually formed part of an ongoing series, each book has generally dealt with two specific people.

"Have you ever made a decision you regretted..?"

How to Keep a Secret focuses on three generations of women from the same family; the Stewart's - grandmothers, mothers, daughters and sisters, each and every one o
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet, moving, and undeniably affecting!

How to Keep a Secret is a beautifully written, absorbing story that delves into the emotional ties and complex bonds between mothers, daughters and sisters and immerses you in a tale about accepting the things you can't change, letting go of the past, taking chances, and moving on.

The prose is eloquent and well turned. The characters are genuine, sophisticated, and scarred. And the story is an exceptionally touching tale about life, loss, love, grief, adul
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Morgan is one of my go-to authors and hearing this described as a departure from her usual style, I couldn’t wait to see what lay in store.

description Welcome to adulthood. It’s messy, complicated, the pieces don’t fit, and the picture rarely looks the way you want it to. It’s called real life.”

How To Keep a Secret doesn’t fall into the easygoing, lighter, sexy romantic style Sarah Morgan is renowned for. Centralising on three generations of women—Nancy, her daughters, Lauren and Jenna and grand
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc


Secrets have a way to come out. Sooner or later. Secret also have this quality to get in the way of really knowing somebody. But a shared secret can also make a bond stronger. You can find secrets in each of those capacities in Sarah Morgan's new story.

We meet three generations of women:

Nancy - mother of Lauren and Jenna
Lauren and Jenna - the sisters
Mack - Lauren's daughter

I wish I could have given this story five stars. The one thing that just kept me fr
Dale Harcombe
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars.
This is a story not just about one secret, although that one does have a large impact on sisters Lauren and Jenna. The secret is one they have kept since childhood. But it is far from the only secret that is exposed as the story progresses. Three generations of women in the Stewart family are affected by secrets and the impact on their lives. Nancy, mother of sisters Lauren and Jenna, and also Mackenzie, (usually known as Mack) Lauren’s daughter. I liked the way each of the
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**3.5 stars**

How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan. (2018).

Nancy knows she hasn't been the best mother, but can she tell her daughters why? Lauren and Jenna are very close sisters and as children decided to keep a devastating secret from their mother, but is it time to tell her? Lauren's teenage daughter Mack is in pain and keeping everyone at a distance, especially her mother. Will a virtual stranger show her the real meaning of family
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life so far it’s that when tragedy strikes family is everything and that’s the basis for How to Keep a Secret. Who can you turn to when your world comes crashing down around you? Your family of course, and even though Lauren and Jenna are as close as two sister can be their relationship with their mom Nancy is strained. Mack is Lauren’s teenaged daughter and like any mother and daughter their relationship is also rocky. Family dynamics are usually complex, ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

What a truly great Summer read! How To Keep A Secret by Sarah Morgan made me want to curl up on the beach and get lost in this story of three generations of incredibly strong women!

Following along with Lauren and Jenna who have the strongest sister bond I have ever read about was delightful. And then you throw in their mom Nancy who they aren’t very close with and Lauren’s daughter Mack who is as true as a teenage girl can get. Now you have this huge challenge with figuring out how to
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Jacob Proffitt
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy, chick-lit
This was a bit unusual for Sarah Morgan. More chick-lit than romance, though there are a number of romances present. I can't say she hit it out of the park, but I found it engaging and stayed up too late finishing it.

It started kind of slow and the perspective switches took a while to get used to. It doesn't help that there are four women we trade between and that they only break on chapter breaks. Nor does it help that in the beginning, Morgan breaks on cliffhangery bits. I've always found it a
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
I enjoyed reading about different generations of one family. How the family all had secrets but in the trying times they pulled together. Nancy, Lauren, Jenna and Mackenzie were all strong characters in their own right, I enjoyed that about them. If I had to pick a favourite it would be Jenna as I really felt for her and Gregg (they make a good pairing). 4.5 Stars
I really liked this. I've been book hopping a lot lately, but I did not book hop here! It's not your usual Sarah Morgan (it's more woman's fiction), but since I wasn't so into her last few books, that turned out to be a very good thing. (It did mean the romance could've used more development, but I think I'm okay with the trade off.)

The beginning was too heavy at hinting at various secrets and I want more about Jenna and Greg, but I just enjoyed this so much.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was too 'REAL' for me and hence I did not finish it. It was a good book - But I am just not ready for it yet.
Maybe - I'll try re-reading this at a different juncture of my life! :)
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a member of the UK Sarah Morgan review crew and received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it took me two days to read and I didn’t want it to end. The characters gripped me and the plot lines were well written and thought out.
This is the story of three generations of the Stewart women. There’s Nancy (the Mum), Jenna and Lauren (her daughters) and Mack (Lauren’s daughter). When Lauren returns to the island of her birth and childhood with her daught
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance, read-2018
4.5 stars. Great summer read. I’m glad the author went more contemporary/woman’s fiction and less romance. Look forward to more of these types of books from her in the future.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun book to read I didn’t want to put it down!!
Ashley Gallegos
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book came as a complete surprise! Sarah Morgan is a new author for me and I was given this book to review by the publisher. It didn’t sound like my kind of read but WOW! I couldn’t put it down! Each character has their own extremely engaging storyline and the twists keep coming. This is a perfect beach read or vacation book. It is a very heartwarming read that will restore your faith in life! Just what I needed and I can’t recommend it enough!
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My first book by Sarah Morgan and I loved it. I really connected to all the characters and adored the bond between Jenna and Lauren. I really enjoyed taking the journey of self healing, forgiveness and love the Stewart women brought me on. I will definitely be reading more from this author.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family, 2017-books
I enjoyed reading about different generations of one family. How the family all had secrets but in the trying times they pulled together. Nancy, Lauren, Jenna and Mackenzie were all strong characters in their own right, I enjoyed that about them. If I had to pick a favourite it would be Jenna as I really felt for her and Gregg (they make a good pairing). 4.5 Stars
Claire Scott
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My review of How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan

As you know, I am an avid reader and I was lucky enough to be given an ARC of How to Keep A Secret,

This book is outstanding, don't get me wrong, I adore all of Sarah Morgans books, and love reading the continuing books....but this book was something else.

The characters, the story, the way we get to hear from each the family's POV, and the way keeping secrets has shaped their lives. I was hooked from the first line, and I felt for them all, especi
mindful.librarian ☀️
Thanks to the publisher for this free review copy!
Set on Martha’s Vineyard, HOW TO KEEP A SECRET is a delicious story of motherhood and sisterhood and most of all, the meaning of one’s true home. I really really enjoyed this romantic and poignant story and very much appreciated that it includes married romance (so hard to find!) as well as romance for the over-60 crowd in addition to the typical lost-lost love. If you love seaside settings and warm, soft and sweet stories, definitely add this t
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lauren has her home and her life in England in perfect order, until one afternoon-everything becomes a disaster. Her sister, Jenna, across the pond comes to the rescue but has struggles of her own. Little do they know, their own mother also has secrets of her own that may tear the family apart. Can these three find a way to work together and work though these issues?

​This book was heavy! I cried with the characters, I laughed with the characters, I felt second-hand embarrassment. Basically, this
I definitely liked this more than some of Sarah Morgan's more recent works, but it still didn't reach the heights that her work has reached for me in the past. I think at the end of the day, I just want her to write Presents novels and my brain won't accept that she isn't ever going to do that again.
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
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Avid Sarah Morgan fans may have noticed on social media that 'How To Keep a Secret' is the authors' first, more in-depth novel which has allowed her a lot more scope on the intimate details of her characters and their lives, in comparison to Sarah Morgan's previous novels. As a huge fan myself, the fact that this book was going to have a different vibe to it, really did intrigue me as I didn't think anything needed to c
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Morgan
Morgan’s first foray into mainstream women’s fiction is a huge homerun, a fresh, fast-paced emotional novel with a lot of heart. Its a fantastic tale about keeping secrets, grief, starting over and second chances and proves you can go home again. It’s poignant, about family dynamics and dysfunction but it’s also full of well-timed humor and wit. The author has absolute mastery over all her mesmerizing, memorable characters but one angst-filled, not sure where she
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USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes romance and contemporary women's fiction and her trademark humour and warmth have gained her fans across the globe. Sarah lives near London, England, and when she isn't reading or writing she loves being outdoors.

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