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Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  43 reviews
As sisters, they tell each other all their secrets...except one.

With divorce and infidelity hanging from nearly every branch of her family tree, Katherine Fuller sees no point in marriage. Boyfriends? Sure. Sex? Of course. Wedding vows? No, thanks. Still, when her younger sister Amy gets engaged, Katherine gathers all the enthusiasm she can. She won’t let Amy down. She’s d
Published October 16th 2018 (first published August 30th 2018)
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SECRETS OF A (SOMEWHAT) SUNNY GIRL is a rockstar romance and a second chance at love, with complicated family dynamics and secrets, and a whole lot of wedding angst.

This was my first read by Booth and while I was immediately sucked into the first few chapters, I pretty quickly lost that loving feeling. I wasn’t really convinced there was chemistry anywhere to be found to sell me on this second chance reunion, instead it felt very clicnical and remote. I was frustrated by the previously mentione
Happily Mary After
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first time readying Karen Booth, and I really enjoyed Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl. Katherine and her sister are incredibly endearing, and I they made me laugh and smile throughout the story. Their relationship’s evolution is just as much a part of the story as the romance between Ian and Katherine, but there is still plenty of heartfelt, sexy romance to satisfy. You’ll fall hard for the sexy and sweet Irish musician, and I would definitely recommend checking out Secrets of a ( ...more
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it

“Have you ever had a secret that was so bizarre that it didn’t feel real? Like it didn’t feel possible, so you just didn’t tell anyone at all?”

Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl gave us something we’ve not had in a while. A story of a family living in the shadow of tragedy with a closet full of skeletons and strained relationships. The writing was mature, easy to read and quite flawless. For us, it read like this second chance rock star romance took a back seat to the main poignant story, wh
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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“Have you ever had a secret that was so bizarre that it didn’t feel real? Like it didn’t feel possible, so you just didn’t tell anyone at all?”

Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl gave us something we’ve not had in a while. A story of a family living in the shadow of tragedy with a closet full of skeletons and strained relationships. The writing was mature, easy to read and quite flawless. For us, it read like this second chance rock star romance took a back seat to the main poignant story, wh
Donna Was A Scandal
Well, I love it! It's a beautiful story with family drama and an Irish musician who just happens to be a single dad...oh and did I mention second chance romance? Yep, it's all in there...and a mystery too so pay attention! Check out my full review and a special note from the author on Scandalicious Book Reviews:
Donna Was A Scandal
loved it! check out my full review here:
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
I'm a sucker for second chances and this one was served up lovingly. But this story is about so much more than a romance. It's about forgiveness, finding yourself, and realizing that our past may shape who we are and how we look at life but it doesn't have to define us.

I first fell for Karen Booth's storytelling in Bring Me Back , a heartwarming yarn spun around an older couple...characters closer to my age. That Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl also revolved around an older heroine and
Jesey ~ Schmexy GIrl~
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Second chance romance, family secrets, a rock star (actually he prefers songwriter/performer)…all of these combine to make an amazing story! Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl by Karen Booth hooked me early on and held my heart right to the last word!

Katherine, oh this woman….she’s strong, independent, and she’s skeptical of love and marriage. She has loved and she has lost. Her mother died when she was young (and WOW you won’t believe the circumstances – follow all the bread crumbs!) a
Anne Z.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a sweet read about the beautiful bond between sisters!

Secrets of a (somewhat) sunny girl is all about family relationships, specially the relationship between the sisters Katherine and Amy. These two have been through a lot and coming from a family were no marriage seems to work or last they have always been set on never getting married. That is until Amy meets someone that is willing to prove to her some marriages do last.
Katherine is petrified of losing her sister, of this guy hurtin
Lynn Brooks
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 STARS!

An emotionally raw depiction of life, love and happily ever afters! He saw her in a way no one else ever did ... but circumstances split them apart. Now reunited at a time that her life is in turmoil, Katherine has to dig deep and confront her past in order to have the brighter future she never even let herself dream about. The relationship between Kat and Amy is heartfelt and once Eamon comes onto the scene, the platform is laid for a very strong book. I really enjoyed their story a
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had high hopes for this one. I think the biggest issue I had with this book is that the romance between Eamon and Katherine was kind of hard to imagine. I think to make it more believable and swoony, there should’ve been some flashbacks. I just didn’t feel it at all.
This book was a new-to-me author and I have to say I would definitely read another. This stand-alone was a great read that pulls you in and gives you the feels. Oh the feels. I enjoyed every moment of this book
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Karen Booth! I loved how this book explored the relationship between the sisters. Highly recommend!
Danielle from Short and Sassy
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to be honest. I didn't think this book going to be for me. It started off slow and I did no think I was going to finish it. I was going to give up, but then I changed my mind. I am glad I did, because. although it is not my typical read, I liked it. It was more about family and relationships in families then romance, but that was ok. See, for me, we all have family stuff we deal with, And that is what makes us relatable.

I am glad I went outside my comfort zone and read this book. I ended
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story about the pieces of ourselves we hold back, and those we allow others to share. Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl focuses on the relationship between sisters and the secrets we keep in order to protect those we love.
Jessica Alcazar
I am simply overwhelmed with feelings right now ... all the feelings.
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
I love it when a story pulls me in within the first few pages of Chapter 1 and Secrets definitely had my attention. Katherine is a bit jaded about marriage and when her sister announces she's getting married, she's got to suck it up and not let her own feelings about holy wedlock cloud Amy's wedding and preparations.

It doesn't hurt that a former boyfriend, now musician and performer is in town. When Amy takes Katherine to Eamon's concert, Katherine isn't sure what to expect. She does know one t
Janet Rodman
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl
Karen Booth
There are a couple of books that I read every year that stand out in the crowd, this is one of them. This book was recommended to me by a friend. I had read many of Karen Booth’s Harlequin books, so I was familiar with this author’s writing. Well, I was thrown by this book. It is a second chance romance. I don’t read the end of a book to see what happens, I just hang on until the end, enjoying the anticipation. It took everything within me not to go t
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Secrets of a somewhat Sunny Girl was not what I was thinking it would be… It had a much deeper look into the Sunny Girl.

Katherine and her sister Amy are still trying to recover from the brutal loss from their childhood. Amy’s upcoming wedding has thrust Katherine back into her childhood trauma, the last place she wanted to be or ever thought she would be. Along with the uncomfortable childhood memories, Katherine’s former love has re-entered her life. A whirl wind of an adventure, facing her fe
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading this phenomenal book by Karen Booth, after wiping away the tears, I couldn't help but sit here and absorb everything that went on in this wonderful story. I was never so happy for a happily-ever-after as I was for Katherine's.
Childhood secrets, infidelity, self-depreciation … everything no child should go though. But with fierce determination and love for a sister that is never-ending, Katherine finds a way through it all. Yes, she is happy for Amy but her family's history with mar
Valerie Skorup
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars! Sisters, a wedding , family secrets and an Irish hottie all in one book!

I very much enjoyed reading this story and seeing how secrets of a family and between sisters being brought out in the open paved a path for possibilities in love and new beginnings in life. Katherine’s sister Amy has just told her the one thing that she didn’t see coming —- she’s engaged to be married. Katherine musters up all the happiness she can but feels her sister has gone against their pact to never marry bec
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who knows me knows that I have always rolled my eyes at the mention of a romance novel, but Karen Booth turned that around for me when she clarified that not all romance is steamy, cheesy sex scenes, it simply means a happily ever after, and don’t we all want that? At the end of a long work day I want nothing more than to fall into a good book and Karen Booth’s Secrets is A (Somewhat) Sunny Girl was that for me.

The characters are well rounded with just enough drama and family secrets to
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Katherine and Amy have weathered some pretty tough times together in their childhood, having seen the destruction of their parents' marriage and the aftermath following it. Katherine doesn't even believe marriage is for her, so when Amy gets engaged, Katherine has a hard time accepting it, thinking that she and Amy would be by each other's side for the rest of their lives. While Katherine is learning to cope with this new change, an old flame, Eamon, crosses paths with her again. Through Eamon, ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it

Main characters: Katherine Fuller, committed singleton, who is about to have her life turned on its head. Eamon MacWard, an old flame who is keen to reconnect with Katherine.

Why you should read it: Karen Booth is a seriously talented writer. She gets into the heads of her characters and spins an intricate tale of family secrets and human frailty. I really empathised with Katherine’s character, who, more than anything, just wants to keep her family together
Colantha Amo
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was an excellent story on family and how emotions can affect each other. I loved how Eamon was a strong man emotionally and wasn't weak with baggage that kept him from loving.
You can tell Karen worked her butt off to deliver this satisfying story as it flowed well.

I loved how karen made him a supporting hero in helping Katherine get through her baggage and deal with her relationships. He was sexy, he was romantic and most of all, he wasn't perfect, which he admitted to. And if you wan
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I am pretty sure this is my first book by the author. I picked it up honestly because it was on sale and I buy all the books on sale. :)
I normally always read the excerpt and some reviews before I purchase any book but I decided to wing this one. It was 99cents.
The book was a good read. A second chance love story. I didn’t get to really click worth he characters like I like to do but it was still a good read. I didn’t immerse myself into it like others but I still read it and I finished it. It
Traci Westling
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My $ 14.99 investment in this GORGEOUS PRINT copy was WORTH every penny.., what a compelling story of second chance love that’s being told amongst one of the best sister romance stories I’ve read in a good while... so much family drama and heartache between the two sisters that you’re sure to be entertained and root for Katherine AND Amy to both find happiness & trust in love & family again! Irish Eamon was absolutely delightful in how he handles Katherine with such care ... plenty of sexy , pas ...more
Paige Turner
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl. I found this contemporary/ second chance romance difficult to put down once I started reading it. The storyline between Katherine and her sister and Katherine and her former boyfriend was interesting. I also found the characters to be sweet but and genuine. Especially Luke, her sisters fiance.
While I liked the book, I felt there were a few unnecessary storylines that didn't go anywhere or caused unnecessary drama. I also was hoping for more heat betw
Amanda at WickedGoodReads
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love a good second chance romance. Mix that in with a rockstar romance and a ton of angst, and you get this emotional tale of family, friendships and romance. I found this story to have a lot of ups and downs, heart ache, secrets and healing. I was not sure in the beginning, but as I continued on, the story grew on me and am glad that I gave this author a read!
Joan Leacott
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful combination of family secrets and second chances

I thoroughly enjoyed the authentic emotions between the sisters as they struggle with secrets rooted deep in the tragic events of their childhood, secrets told and secret held. The renewed romance between Katherine and star musician Eamon MacWard is believable and deserved. I look forward to reading my next Karen Booth novel.
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Karen Booth is a Midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on 80s music and repeated readings of Forever by Judy Blume. She writes steamy contemporary romance and women's fiction. When she isn't creating fictional hunky men and the women who test them, she's listening to music with her kids, honing her Southern cooking skills or sweet-talking her astoundingly supportive husband into whippi ...more

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