True to Me (By the Sea)
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...more
It’s full of history, sorrow, love and secrets! Once I started “True to me” I could not put it down!
“True to me” is set in Maui which is an island in the central Pacific and is part of the Hawaiian archipelago. It’s full Hawaiian culture and history. I loved learning new words and respected how much the Hawaiian people value family and nature.
The story ...more
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 True to Me and ...more
Don’t miss out on this book!!!!!!
I have read other Kay Bratt books and this is so much more
Thank you to Kay Bratt for the advance audiobook/MP3 in for a fair review ...more
I really enjoyed this book especially since it was set in the location of Maui, HI.
It was a easy read but emotional as well.
Quinn's mother surprised her on her death bed by telling her that for all of her life that her father wasn't her father. She buys a home on a whim in Maui, unseen, to look for her real father and finds out that the family who owns the house still lives there and hope they will move out soon. She moves into the guest house, unwillingly, ...more
The main themes in this novel are family secrets, forgiveness, and ...more
Quinn and her mother are very close. But, on her mother’s deathbed, Quinn is told something that rocks her world; the story she has been told all along about her father is a lie. This starts a mystery Quinn needs to unravel herself. This starts her impulsive decision to buy a house, site ...more
The story took me back to the days when I travelled to Hawaii frequently to work. I loved the moments I was able to escape the tourist areas and enjoy the scenery and chat with some of the delightful local people. This is a story of family, friendships, ...more
The authentically you version and in this case we see that up close and personal.
The importance of marrying not for money but for love and how life can throw us curves in time's of peril.
What we thought was a downfall could turn to be quite the blessing.
Can money buy happiness?
Can love win in the end?
Will DNA truly be the most important factor here?
Will Quinn and Ethan ever find their happy place?
Could Maui be ...more
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 ...more
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 this book.
Kay Bratt is amazing! This isn't the first book I have read by her. She blows me away with each book. As with every book I have read by Kay, it brought me into the world of the characters, and seemed like I was there with them.
I could go on and on, but you really need to read for yourself with how wonderful this book is.
Quinn’s truly emotional journey was one that instantly drew me in and had me right there with her through the happy and the sad times. Complex and tear jerking at times! I loved this story and found it hard to put down!
I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for an emotional journey!
I received this book from the author in exchange for fair and honest review.
Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and Kay Bratt for the Advanced Readers Copy. All of the thoughts and opinions are my own
I like Quinn's character and her journey of self realisation and truth about her family. I also like the side characters, Liam and Maggie, they everything. They were there for Quinn for her and support every decision she took.
The major part of the book is set in Hawaii. The author has ...more
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 ...more
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 thinks she is. ...more
I have read a few books by this author and have enjoyed them all so far. I’m reviewing this one as a ARC for Netgalley.
The cover of this book is beautiful and the author describes the locations in the story so clearly that I have a real hankering to visit these amazing places!
Quinn starts the story off by sending off her DNA to an ancestry finder group. All of her life for as long as she could remember it was her and her mum and no one else. Her mum spoke of her love for Maui, ...more
Quinn Maguire, is living a predictable life, with a good job, a handsome although controlling Fiance and a nice apartment, but when her mother dies, this life she knows is put on hold as she will go on a journey she never expected.
On her death bed, her mother tells Quinn that the absentee father she has always heard about and resented is not her real father after all.
Her mother asked her to take her ashes back ...more