The Secret of You and Me
Nora hasn’t looked back. Not since she fled Texas to start a new life. Away from her father’s volatile temper and the ever-watchful gaze of her claustrophobically conservative small town, Nora has freed herself. She can live—and love—however she wants. The only problem is that she also left behind the one woman she can’t forg ...more
The Secret of You and Me is my first Women’s Fiction novel. It’s a love story about two women, Nora Noakes and Sophie Russell, who were torn apart in their youth by prejudice and hate, and now two decades later, after life has taken them in very different directions, are given a second chance to find love when an unexpected tragedy brings them back together.
The Secret of You and Me is all about looking back at the choices you’ve made, or the choices forced upon you by friends, fami ...more
If you ask a reader what a “romance” is, you’re likely to get a few different answers. But most likely, the common thread will be something along the official definition from Romance Writers of America: a central love story and an emotionally satisfying ending. This is a broad description and covers a variety of stories. But—not every book with a central love story and a “happy” ending is going to feel like a romance, because I’d add one third element: optimi ...more
I have loved reading every single page of The Secret of You and Me, with lots of surprises set within the story that I didn’t realise was going to happen, and with interesting characters that author Melissa Lenhardt had written about stayed with me long after I finished. A page turning vibrant story not to be missed.
What keep me turning the pages, is a secret love affair with complications, one that I don’t want do any s ...more
I stared at our hands, remembering all the times they’d been joined, gripping each other, the panting breaths, the sweat-slicked bodies, the whispers of love.
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Rep: bi mc with PTSD, lesbian mc, Iranian American Muslim lesbian side character
CWs: homophobia, cheating, racism/islamophobia, past alcohol abuse, biphobia, emotional abuse
The Secret of You and Me felt a lot like a book of two separate stories. One is the story of two women working through their fallout from eighteen yea ...more
Sophie is now married to Charlie who used to be Nora’s boyfriend and has a daughter Logan. When Sophie sees Nora again all her old feelings for her return.
This is such a beautifully written love story. The turmoil of Sophie living a lie and trying to hide her feelings for Nora, growing up in a religious small town where being ...more
Former military captain and now translator, Nora Noakes, returns home to bury the estranged father who threw her out of the house eighteen earlier when he got wind of her amorous antics with best friend Sophie Russell. The relationship split broke Nora ...more
“The Secret of Me and You” is for her, the author’s modern retelling of Jane Austen’ ...more
This book is a story about a friendship that develops into something more between two young women but certain issues spilts them up bu ...more
The Secret of You and Me promised to be a great beach read with a second chance f/f romance (finally!). Sadly, I found the writing to be clumsy and the dialogues were extremely unconvincing. Characters would say things that didn't really rang true to life or they would make these very random comments that didn't really 'fit' with the type of character they are.
One of the main characters, someone who is presented as having been wronged by her family and community, who is ex-military and in ...more
“We’d done everything together since we were ten years old. I couldn’t imagine life any other way. I’d never wanted to imagine life any other way.”
The Secret of You and Me is a sapphic adult romance that tackles some very serious topics and issues, all packed into a beautiful second-chance romance.
This story revolves around two women, Nora and Sophie, who fell in love when they were teenagers but couldn't be together due to the prejudices in their small hometown in Texas. When Nora, ...more
I received The Secret of You and Me by Melissa Lenhardt by Mills & Boon. The paperback publication date has been pushed for 29 October 2020, and I am looking forward to reading it. This is the first LGBTQ+ romance novel published by Mills & Boon.
Our main character who is bi literally spent half the book making sure people knew she liked men and women and then turns around and says "I'm in a lesbian relationship" 💀💀, the term is SAPPHIC!!! plus literally everyone is cheating, the double standards are ridiculous and the 2 women who are supposed to be in love are completely erratic in their feelings towards each other. In conclusion, it was a mess 😂 ...more
This is a wonderful story of Nora and Sophie who secretly fell in love as teenagers, were caught together and separated for 18 years.
It is a story of love against all odds, of friendship and of defeating the haters.
It is wonderful to read a lesbian love story where the characters are in their 30s. It gave the story real depth and so much meaning to their love story.
Nora and Sophie are both incredible characters. Nora is fierce and unapologetic about who she is. She was an absolute gem o ...more
"She read 'The Handmaid's Tale' in freshman sociology and turned into a lesbian."4.5 stars
"From reading a book? I don't think it works like that."
"How would you know?"
Came for the sapphic love story, stayed for the compelling narrative, characters that are just so messily human, powerful sapphic yearning (bisexual rep!) and strong themes of love, family and honesty.
This was a peak portrayal of the friends-to-lovers-to-enemies-to-possible lovers again narrative arc. My heart lifted and fe...more
Nora and Sophie’s story had me on a rollercoaster of emotions. My poor heartstrings were being pulled left, right and centre. In fact, scratch that rollercoaster analogy – it was like being on the waltzers. And I hate t ...more
I'm sick of reading stories about homophobic and abusive parents. I realise that that situation is a reality for some people and it has been successfully used as a plot point in many novels but good god it has been done to death. For a straight woman to be writing a novel, aimed at queer women, utilising that narrative just leaves me with a ...more
The beginning started a tad bit slow to me but I was already invested between the history and passion behind the story of Nora and Sophie. I've always loved stories about second chance romances. The author weaves a beautiful heartfelt story between these two women and how they find their way back to one another.
I also liked how the author incorporated some heavy topics of racism, ...more
Whenever I hear a book is a remake or retelling of Persuasion, my right eyebrow automatically raises in skepticism. Is it even possible that any book could compare to my favorite Austen novel, let alone one of my favorite books of all time? (And Captain Wentworth forever has my heart!) I spent the first 25% comparing every minute detail, from characters, to the settings, emotions, physical interactions, and more, in The Secret of You and Me to Persuasion. But once I stopped the comparisons, I en ...more
I requested this book as the cover is absolutely stunning and because I want to support LGBT stories in adult fiction, as our stories seem few and far between in adult fiction.
I enjoyed this book, but it was a lot heavier than I was expecting. Lenhardt deals with many topics such as grief, alcoholism, homophobia, PTSD and many more. This gave the novel more depth than I was expecting from it, and I thought that was a pleasant ...more
Wow! What a heartfelt and hopeful second chance love story that is definitely one of my favorite reads this year!
Following the death of her estranged father, Nora returns to her childhood home after eighteen years away to settle his affairs, and in doing so must confront those she so suddenly left behind. As her former best friend, Sophie's feelings for Nora are complicated, but so is her life, and seeing Nora after so much lost time, reignites a spark that had dulled when Nora took off with no ...more
So I'm a lesbian. Some would consider me a later in life lesbian due to the circumstances in which I realized I was gay. So when I found out the writer of one of my favorite books (Heresy) was releasing a wlw romance, I was cautious but excited. It's not often we get contemporary wlw romances in adult fiction.
But this book brought me nothing but migraines, severe anxiety and even triggered some of my PTSD cycles.
I don't want to spec ...more
Complete review is on my blog Carpe Diem Chronicles.
Content advisory: homophobia, alcoholism, cheating