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The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  913 ratings  ·  226 reviews
What drove their family apart just might bring them back together...

It's been seventeen years since the tragic summer the McAvoy sisters fell apart. Lindy, the wild one, left home, carved out a new life in the city and never looked back. Delia, the sister who stayed, became a mother herself, raising her daughters and running the family shop in their small Pennsylvania
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by Graydon House
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Something happened 17 years ago to splinter the McAvoy sisters. Lindy, the “wild” one left their Port Lorraine, Ohio home and carved out a life for herself in Cleveland. Younger sister, Delia, stayed in town, married her sweetheart but abandoned her college plans to raise her baby and take over the family business. Now Delia is juggling a new baby, a difficult teenager and their mother who is struggling following a “brain event.” Lindy hasn’t been home in five years but shows up when she acciden ...more
Theresa Alan
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took me a bit to warm up to this women’s fiction novel, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. Lindy left home abruptly seventeen years ago and has been estranged from her sister Delia, ever since. Which also means she hasn’t gotten to know her niece, Brin. When Lindy gets the call that her mother has had “a brain incident,” she returns to her small Pennsylvania hometown.

She’s quick to bond with Brin, a sixteen-year-old who has been acting out since her brand-new baby sister arrived on the sce
Jamie Beck
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of getting my hands on an advance reader copy of this fabulous book, which perfectly blends family drama, mystery, and romance into a page-turning read.

The story is told through four points of view (Meredith, the matriarch; Lindy and Delia, Meredith’s thirty-something-year-old daughters; and Brin, Delia’s teenage daughter). If you’ve followed my reviews for a while, you know I don’t like to spell out the plot or give away any spoilers, but let me quickly share what made this
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thanks to Netgalley and HARLEQUIN -Graydon House Books for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

A great mother and daughter contemporary family drama that will delight fans of Kristin Hannah and Diane Chamberlain.

Set in a small lake town in Ohio, Delia and Lindy McAvoy are forced to face their long held silence as their ailing mother needs more and more care. Once the women were more like friends than just sisters, but wild child Lindy's abrupt departure to the big city left D
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was hard to put down this novel about family, missed opportunities, truth and lies. Lindy left town abruptly, as Delia went on creating a life with her husband, teenage daughter, new baby and her Mom. Brin wants to understand why her aunt left so suddenly, but her Mom seems to have secrets that run deep. Lindy returns after her Mom has a stroke and the old hurts, lives and secrets reappear for the McAvoy family, as Lindy and Delia try to repair their relationship. Some surprises await in this ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, favorites
The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets is a beautifully written novel about family, unconditional love, loss, grief, growth, and strength.

Molly Fader so elegantly weaves her words beautifully across the pages of this book. What a journey we take between these two sisters. Lindy and Delia both have challenges to overcome, but this foundation is built on such a strong family bond that will get them through anything. The sisters learn about long lost secrets that have been buried and covered up over t
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader is a women’s fiction contemporary novel that delves down into the secrets that tore apart the McAvoy family. Lindy and Delia McAvoy grew up extremely close sisters even sharing a small bedroom but when Lendy left town she hadn’t looked back while Delia had stayed, gotten married and started a family of her own all while running the family business.

Now, seventeen years later Lindy gets a call that frightens her into returning to their small town.
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Delia Collins was not proud of her glee. It was unbecoming, she got that. And truthfully, she couldn’t even say where it came from. What awful spring of motherhood created this kind of joy in catching her teenage daughter sneaking back into the house past curfew?

If she was a different kind of mother she’d be worried. Or angry. Even guilty.

And she was angry, worried and guilty (this had to be partly her fault—hers and Dan’s—they were too lenient, too forgiving, let her sleep too long in
Katie B
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a book like this you pretty much know what you are getting after reading just a few chapters. And there is nothing wrong with that in my opinion. I like the sense of calm these type of books bring when I'm feeling stressed out. I've read many of these comfy and predictable books over the course of the past few months, and this one was the most satisfying and enjoyable of the bunch.

The book starts off in a fairly typical fashion. Lindy, is out of a job and her boyfriend dumped her. She's bee
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was supposed to be working today, but I snuck off and hid in a cosy corner to read this book. I couldn't help it, I just couldn't let go of my kindle. Believe me, I tried. I got multiple calls, but I shut off my phone. JUST TO READ THIS STORY.

This book about sisters and the secrets that could keep them away for 17 years by Molly Fader was everything I hoped for and more. It had an element of mystery and suspense along with the tentative steps that we take against our egos.

Mom Meredith was no
Molly O'keefe
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Hey for you Molly O'Keefe fans - this is my new women's fiction venture. The McAvoy Sister's Book of Secrets is part romance, part family mystery, all
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But all those pictures were like secrets her family had kept from her. Tucked away into books that no one looked at. The McAvoy Book of Secrets.
Molly Fader is a consummate weaver of tales. We're treated to the sister's journey to love and family. Each of the sisters have burdens to overcome...but a strong foundation of love enables them to get past the hurts of childhood and meld into a strong family unit. As the chance for old hurts to heal, and new beginnings become reality, the sisters le
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chic-lit, romance
This was a wonderful story about family secrets, growing apart and coming back together. The story is told through four different family members; the mother, Meredith, the two adult daughters, Delia and Lindy, and Brin, Delia’s daughter. I could relate to all of the characters and their beautiful, yet imperfect bonds with each other. It definitely made me wish I had a sister or daughter to share this story with.

After seventeen years of staying away, Lindy comes home after finding out her mother
T. Rosado

3.5 Stars

I enjoyed the writing, the characters, and the slowly revealed secrets around three generations of women in the McAvoy family. There was some predictability with some elements and I was confused by a turn of events in Delia's life between the end of the main story and the epilogue, but it didn't ruin the overall story. In the end, I enjoyed it and finished the well-narrated audio in quick order.
Jessica Alcazar
When this story landed on my kindle I dove right in, not only because I love this author, but also because the whole Womens Fiction fascinates me these days! Honestly, I didn’t realize how satisfying these stories were on all fronts, even a light romance here and there.

This was a fantastic multi-generational family journey with just the right amount of suspense that kept me glued to my kindle for hours at a time. The drama and past circumstances that led these sisters to today unfolded perfectl
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
It's been seventeen years since the tragic summer the McAvoy sisters had a falling out. Now with their mothers ailing health the sisters are reunited again. Old family secrets come out and new possibilities grow. A beautiful story of family, love, loss and moving forward. I loved it. I recommend this for book clubs there are so many things to discuss. Add it to your beach bag.

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Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
My blog review, my confession of leeriness regarding WF, and my love for any and all incarnations of Molly O'Keefe/Fader:

It’s been another super-busy work month, but I have three books going and Molly Fader’s McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets is the first I finished. Thanks to a compelling last third, I left the others idling on the nightstand. In the course of reading Fader’s novel, I decided I will no longer scoff at women’s fiction. No, I haven’t been converted to its smarmy, inward-looking, sel
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good twists, easy to read, good amount of detail! great themes like sisterhood, grief, family, love etc. Plus I had the opportunity to meet this author in person - she's hilarious, approachable, and I'm glad I got to read this book! ...more
Molly Fader
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey!!! The McAvoy Sisters is up on Netgalley - go get your review copy!
Chris Conley
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Secrets and grief. Potent things to ignore!!
Leigh Kramer
This is romance author Molly O’Keefe’s women’s fiction debut as Molly Fader. I love her romance novels so I was curious how her women’s fiction might compare. The connections are there: she’s one of the best in the business when it comes to rich character development and the exploration of relationships. Only in this case, the focus is more on the relationship between two sisters and their mother than the love interests. (Side note: it’s interesting to see quite a few romance authors taking a st ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm tempted to give this book 1 star but that's not fair. I enjoyed 90% of it, a lot! but it was the very end the last few chapters when the secret was revealed that I started to hate it. I hated the secret, I wouldn't have hated it if it was anything else. I just didn't like how things turned out.
I don't know how to rate it.
I loved every single word of this book.

As a mother to five girls, it should be no surprise that I was drawn to a book that is ultimately about the ties that bind mothers and daughters.

Secrets, lies, fear, regrets, pride, and at the root of all of these things...LOVE. Pure, unadulterated love unmarred by time and mistakes and separations. I'm no stranger to the art of sweeping things under the rug and the fierce determination to do better for your own children. I connected with these women and f
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
It’s been another super-busy work month, but I have three books going and Molly Fader’s McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets is the first I finished. Thanks to a compelling last third, I left the others idling on the nightstand. In the course of reading Fader’s novel, I decided I will no longer scoff at women’s fiction. No, I haven’t been converted to its smarmy, inward-looking, self-absorbed protagonists, or its not-without-my-daughter obsession with mother-child relationships, of no interest to me w ...more
Hannah Mary McKinnon
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming and filled with mysteries plus and ending I didn’t see coming made for a delicious weekend read. A winning combination!
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars

Have you ever finished a really good, satisfying novel and then thought, well, it’s going to be very hard for the next book to live up to that one? When I picked up The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader, I had just that thought. While it took about a chapter or so for me to get into the groove of the novel, I soon swishing pages, wanting to know what was going to happen next.

The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets is not only about the McAvoy sisters, Lindy and Delia, but also
Nancy Carty Lepri
I have reviewed this book for New York Journal of Books and it will be posted on their site the evening before the release date.

The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader
Gradon House
July 16, 2019

Contemporary Women's Fiction

Sixteen-year-old Brin Collins believes her life is falling apart. It all began when Delia, her mother got pregnant. The two had once been close, but in the four months since her sister Ephie's birth, Delia has no time for Brin, and she also is dealing wit
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Even though it’s obvious from the book’s title there are secrets, secrets I assumed had an impact on the main characters, the Lindy and Delia McAvoy we meet at the beginning of the book were not characters that drew me in. In fact, I didn’t really like either of them, but I leaned more favorably toward Lindy, the wild McAvoy sister. Delia was so devoid of humor and understanding, I found it very hard to be sympathetic towards her. I had a hard time getting into the book because I just didn’t car ...more
The Bookend Diner
Thank you to Harlequin Books (Graydon House) for gifting me an advanced copy of The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets.

I’m being completely honest when I say this (and don’t laugh at me) but when I first saw this book, the name is what drew me to it and it gave me some serious Divine Secrets of the YA-YA Sisterhood vibes. I absolutely adored that movie and could watch it on repeat every day and because of that, I had high expectations for this book. I am NOT disappointed in the McAvoy Sisters Book
Nicole Overmoyer
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets will always hold a special place in my bookish heart because it is the first novel set where I live. It felt like home from the get-go (ironically the name of the gas stations run by Giant Eagle, the grocery store where I and the McAvoy sisters shop) and it stayed that way throughout. As a sister, the struggles between Lindy and Delia felt so real and it was somehow comforting to someone else go through the ups and downs. And it was so good!

*a more complete rev
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Molly Fader is the author of The McAvoy Sister’s Book Of Secrets. As Molly O’Keefe she is the USA Today Bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romances. She lives in Toronto Ontario with her husband, two kids and rescue dog.

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