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From the bestselling author of Wish Me Home comes a breathtaking novel about the secrets that families keep and one woman’s illuminating search for the truth.

Quinn Maguire has a stable life, a fiancé, and what she thinks is a clear vision for her future. All of that comes undone by her mother’s deathbed confession—the absentee father Quinn spent thirty years resenting is no
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Expected publication: December 10th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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    Nicola Short
    Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Well, this story hit very close to home for me. As I started reading it, I went through many emotions, one of which was if I could get through reading this story. I did continue reading it, am glad I did as it is a very intriguing story.
    A heartwarming story about family secrets, finding oneself and most of all, how to forgive.
    I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
    Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and author, Kay Bratt, for the opportunity to read the ARC of Tr
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    Cherihy808
    Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. As a lover of anything Hawaii related I have to say I was super excited to be able to read this book before it’s official publish date. I’ve been to Maui 4 times and it’s truly my favorite place in the world. It so magical that once you’ve been on the island, it’s almost like you’ve left a piece of yourself there when it’s time to go back home. But getting back to the book...I have all great things to say about it. I love the author’s style of writing. The chapters flow so nicely ...more
    Amy
    Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    True to Me is the first book I have read by author Kay Bratt. This was such a heartwarming story of forgiveness, secrets that had been kept for years and a young woman’s journey in finding out who she really is.
    Once I sat down to read I didn’t put the book down until the very end.
    I found myself totally engrossed in the story and the descriptions of Maui had me seeing the beauty of the island.
    Loved the book!

    Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read t
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    Annette
    Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: books-read-2019
    A very good story about a girl trying to find who her father is! This book sucked me in from page one! It was so good I read it in one afternoon! If you haven’t read a book by this author, you need to run to the nearest bookstore or better yet preorder this one! It’s book one in a series and I can’t wait to read the next one!! Loved the characters and the story! Definitely recommend! Thanks to Netgalley,Lake Union Publishers and the author for this early copy
    Cindy Stamm
    Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book is a beautiful, heartwarming story of long kept secrets, forgiveness, and a young womans journey to find herself. The incredible descriptions of the setting are absolutely wonderful and the characters are relatable.
    Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and Kay Bratt for the Advanced Readers Copy. All of the thoughts and opinions are my own
    Alicia
    Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    “Time to Me” by Kay Bratt (A By The Sea Novel)

    A truly wonderful novel that is hard to put down. It is packed full of emotion, human kindness, the meaning of friendship and family, emotional and mental healing, and the importance taking to time to find yourself.

    Quinn has always wanted a father in her life. She had also always wanted to know more about her background. So she was astounded when her mother’s last words were she had a different father than the long gone loser of a man she had as a
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    Claudia Doke
    Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I would like to start out this review by sincerely thanking both NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for giving me an advance copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own.

    True to Me is the latest book by Kay Bratt, the bestselling author of Wish Me Home. It is a heart-warming novel about a young woman named Quinn Maguire who is having a major identity crisis. For you see, Quinn’s mother has just died, and on her death bed she informed Quinn that her father is not who she thin
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    Sue
    Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I have been a long-time fan of Kay Bratt and was excited to find out that she had a new book. And...in my opinion, it was her best book yet. The characters are well written, the plot has some mystery and some romance and the Hawaiian setting made me want to buy an airline ticket and visit Hawaii.

    Quinn and her mom were close and there were no other family members, just the two of them. Quinn's dad left years earlier and she had no memory of him. She lives with and is engaged to a very dominant m
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    Claudia
    Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
    As Christians we know that we are to be true to who God created us to be; if we accomplish that we are being true to ourselves as well. How often do we allow ourselves to be shaped in the image of who someone else says we should be? Parents, spouses, significant others, even friends may set up expectations for how we should live our lives. Some of that may truly be good, but are we cognizant of when boundaries are breached? If so, do we allow that to occur, or do we reestablish those boundaries? ...more
    Tammy
    Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Let me start by saying that I have yet to read a book by Kay Bratt that I have not loved.
    The setting of this book, in Maui, makes one feel as though you are right there with Quinn.
    This book follows Quinn’s story. She has recently lost her mom and while on her deathbed, her mother reveals that the man whom Quinn thought was her father is not! To better understand and process this information, Quinn is on a quest to find the truth, to find her father. It all starts with a DNA test that leads her
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    Pam Kleiser
    Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Kay Bratt has done it again! She reeled me in to the mystery of young woman's journey as she tries to discover the truth about who she really is and learn the secrets her mom kept from her all of her life. I could not put the book down, I loved how each turn of the page brought more depth to the story, making me yearn for more about Quinn and her journey of self discovery as she fights for the truth abut her identity. I enjoyed how an old feathered friend made an appearance during one of Quinn's ...more
    Linda Zagon
    Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Kay Bratt, author of "True to Me" has written an intriguing, captivating, emotional and magical novel. The story takes place mostly on Maui, and the timeline for the story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or the events. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Women's Fiction, Romance, and a touch of Magic. The author describes the characters as mostly likable, complex and complicated.

    The main themes in this novel are family secrets, forgive
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    Amanda Hash
    Oct 13, 2019 marked it as 2019
    I think this has been my favorite book by Bratt so far, and that's no small feat (since I've loved them all!) Once I started reading, I absolutely could not put it down. An exquisite tale of family, friendship, and "pono," True to Me left me with a deeper appreciation of myself and all those that I am connected to.

    I felt an immediate connection with Quinn, and am in awe of how Bratt carefully crafted such a relatable character who was flawed and vulnerable, yet stronger than she gave herself cr
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    Luanne
    Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Oh, how I loved this story!
    Let me start by saying that I have long been a fan of Kay Bratt's writing, and have read every one of her books. True is Me is so very different than any of her others. Set in Hawaii, though I have never been, I felt as though I was experiencing the beauty, lifestyle, traditions, and culture of Maui. I fell in love with the main characters in the story, and came to care about the outcomes of each of them. What I liked most about this book is the fact that family is wh
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    Ritu Bhathal
    Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I have followed Kay Bratt for a while now, and have read one or two of her books, which I enjoyed immensely. AI jumped at a chance to read True to Me, as it sounded like another fantastic story.
    And I wasn't disappointed.
    Quinn Macguire is a woman suffering loss. The loss of her mother, and the loss of the idea of a father who she never knew. The loss of herself.
    On her deathbed, Quinn's mother tells her a secret that has been eating away at her.
    This leads to Quinn going on
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    Amy
    Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I saw a post for this book on Facebook and was able to pick it up on Netgalley. This is a new to me author and I decided to give her a try. Boy, am I glad I did. Quinn's story definitely pulled at my heartstrings. I felt so many different emotions throughout the book. It is beautifully written and I absolutely loved all the characters and the plot was great.

    I could definitely understand Quinn's reluctance to find out about her past, but also wanting to find her family. Family rivalries can be h
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    Melanie
    Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Kay Bratt has done it again. I started True to Me on a long car ride home, got home, walked in the door sat down and continued to read until it was finished. To say this is one of my favourite books I have read this year would be an understatement. As an avid reader it is rare to come across a book that captivates my interest so fully and True to Me did just that. I found myself immersed immediately and deeply into the journey of Quinn and her quest to seek answers to who she is genetically thro ...more
    Tom Fisher
    Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    “True to Me” was written by Kay Bratt for you and me. What a fabulous book!!! I started it on a Thursday afternoon and two days later, I finished it. I know it’s a cliché, but I couldn’t put the book down. It was that riveting.

    The story is set in Hawaii. I wasn’t fond of Hawaii at all before I read the book. Through Kay Bratt’s knowledge of Hawaii, descriptions of the island, characters, and dialogue, I came to love Maui. The customs, the foods, the families, and the island itself all became al
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    LauraP
    Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Loved this! Quinn is an accomplished woman who always did what others expected from her. The loss of her mother takes her on a quest of finding the family she always hoped it exists. She thought this is as simple as it sounds: use the DNA test to find a match, go to Hawaii to honor her mother's last wish, come back and continue on the same path. Things don't always go as planned and if you believe in "everything happens for a reason" you will understand why her mother waited until the last minut ...more
    Sheri
    Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    True to Me was truly a delight to read. The story is set mostly in Hawaii. As I read, I felt myself craving Kona coffee and the salty air of sandy beaches. In learning about the traditions of the Hawaiian culture, Quinn learns to see herself for who she is, rather than who others see her to be. For years she lived up to the image of her long-time boyfriend, causing her to lose contact with her childhood friend, while in Hawaii, Quinn finds herself longing for that true friendship and working to ...more
    Shannon
    Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is the most beautiful book I’ve read in a long time. This is my first experience with Kay Bratt but it definitely won’t be my last. Her writing is exquisite and the way she told the story had me feeling every emotion right along with Quinn, the main character. The themes of restoration and self discovery were woven so perfectly into each page of the book and I couldn’t put it down as I was so emotionally invested that I couldn’t wait to know how it would all work out. I truly felt like I wa ...more
    Jilly Turner
    Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This touching and heart warming story will have you gripped from the start.
    Told with sensitivity it tells of the horror that Quinn, in her thirties and after the recent death of her adored mother, finds that her world is turned upside down.
    Disillusioned with her life, she travels to Maui to fulfill her mother's last wishes, hoping to find out also whether she can trace her father.
    This search unfolds in an exciting way as Quinn discovers the true meaning of family love, friendship an
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    Shannon
    Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Quinn Maguire has it all, a good job, a handsome fiance', a stable, normal life. That all changes, however, when her mother reveals a secret on her deathbed.

    After her mother's passing, Quinn decided to go to Maui to spread her mother's ashes, as requested, and search for the truth. Who is or was her father? Is he still alive? Does she have more family, or is she truly alone in this world?

    Quinn's quest for truth in Maui gives her time away from her fiance' and the time to
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    Laurie
    Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    "Whatever you find at the end of the day, it will not change the person you are. But you may need to dig deep and find forgiveness for all that has transpired."
    This quote is the theme of this beautifully written novel.
    Quinn goes to Hawaii following her Mom's death. She needs to find an answer to her mom's final statement that her father was not her biological father.
    The answers and peace that Quinn seeks must be in Maui where her mom grew up.
    However, this trip is way more than
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    Kamber Woodworth Derosier
    Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    True to Me by Kay Bratt was fantastic. It drew me in and kept my interest. I decided to read it while in Maui so I could compare the setting and it didn’t disappoint. Quinn was a character I really didn’t like much at first, but throughout the book she changes her perspective and finds her true self along with many other truths and became someone I would befriend. Her decision to travel to Maui at her mother’s request, her relationship with her fiancé, her predicament in Maui and all the charact ...more
    Kurt
    Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What a beautiful story!

    It's the story of Quinn, a young woman who has recently lost her mother, the only family she has ever known. But on her deathbed, her mother reveals that the person Quinn thought was her father was not really really her father. So Quinn sets out on a journey to find her true father, carrying her to her mother's home in Maui.

    Quinn's search for her family unfolds in surprising ways, and in the process, she discovers who she really is as well.
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    Rhonda
    Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A riveting tale of forgiveness, family, and friendship (old and new). I was captivated from the first chapter and struggled to put this book down when reality intervened. I enjoyed traveling with Quinn to Maui and picturing in my mind the places mentioned that I experienced years ago. Quinn’s journey to understand her mother’s past so that she might understand herself was very realistic as were the emotions she had to cope with as each stage of her journey brought unexpected revelations. Kay Bra ...more
    Moya Smith
    Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Looking for an inspiring read that is uplifting and fun? Kay Bratt's latest book is just the ticket. True to Me takes you to Hawaii with a heroine who is looking to wrap up some loose ends in her life. Quinn Maguire's time in Hawaii leads to new friendships and a love of the island she is discovering. But it is mostly a journey of self discovery. Quinn came to Maui to find out more information about her roots and is met with many more questions than answers. Following along on her journey of sel ...more
    Kathy
    Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    True to Me follows Quinn McGuire in her quest to find her true self. This beautifully written novel is set on the tropical island of Maui where Quinn seeks to find her father, a man she didn’t know existed until her mother’s deathbed confession. I loved everything about this book from the Hawaiian language to the family traditions practiced on the island. I was so surprised as the story began to come together at the end. I honestly couldn’t have predicted the outcome! I hope you will read True t ...more
    Carol Deegan
    Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book, part mystery and very emotional, as well as about forgiveness and family, should be read by everyone. Quinn was raised by her mother. Her mother named a father, but on her death bed she told Quinn he wasn’t actually her father. Quinn feels she must find her father, and any other family she may have. Through a DNA test, and help from a friend, she is able to find her family.The author’s writing style makes you feel you are right there with Quinn through her journey. I read this book in ...more
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