A Mother's Secret
Verity seems to have it all. A beautiful home, two grown-up sons and a husband who has always been her rock. But one day, the doorbell rings. And it changes Verity's life forever.
Saskia has nowhere else to go. Before she died, her mother left her with her father's name and nothing else. The only way for Saskia to take care of herself and her unborn baby is to find the...more
Delia, who had not had to earn her living for years, had little idea how most peoples lives worked and how they could not escape their jobs whenever the mood took them and expect to find them still there when they returned.
She knew it sounded incredulous especially as Toby found it difficult to imagine his father having a sex life before marriage and then probably only having it twice to make him and his brother.
She said you had a summer romance, a piece of magic she ...more
(view spoiler)[Poor Saskia, everything that can go wrong does go wrong for this young lady. Her mother dies leading to her finding out who her father is...maybe...as another man might be as well. Then she is pregnant and her boyfriend leaves her for a woman, and a job, in the U.S.A. Then there is a fire in the building she is living in. Man oh man, bad luck much!? (hide spoiler)]
Relationships are the magic of this story and dialogue is the driver. Author Minna Howard has done a nice job ...more
My first book by author Minna Howard, the writing moved swiftly with lives unfolding. There were few moments of stress which added to the overall spiciness of the prose. Both the women were strong with hardly ...more
I did very much enjoy getting to know Verity. She's an open and generous woman, who is feeling a bit lonely. Her ...more
I can't say that I took to either of the main characters of Verity and Saskia and I am still a tad unsure of them. Verity is the wife of Nathan, who has had to go abroad to sort out a work ...more
Verity finds herself rattling around in her home since her husband's promotion means spending time abroad sorting out business problems and their two sons are now away at university. Then a young woman comes to her door and reveals a shocking secret - will things ever be the same again?
This novel flows easily and I got through it in no time at all. There is a good mix of characters and a couple of story lines which mix ...more
Verity is coming to terms with an empty nest, her two boys are at university and her husband's new job means he's away a lot of the time. She is a teacher, helping young people who struggle with learning. She has good friends and knows she can build, a new life.
On her first day alone, she has an unexpected visitor, a young woman Saskia. When she finds out, why she's there, Verity is understandably stunned. Despite her wariness, she takes control and doesn't judge. Attempting to achieve the best ...more
Saskia's mother has recently died, she's pregnant, Saskia's partner and the baby's father is working away but due back before the baby arrives, and Saskia is about to be evicted ...more
The character who made me smile above all turned out to be Nathan's protective mother who would surely drive me up the wall in real life. I found her reactions to be refreshingly ...more
A mother's Secret is a sweet read and would be great for a holiday. It's about family relationships. Verity has it all. A perfect husband and they have two grown up sons, she has a beautiful home between them. But one day the doorbell rings. When she opens the door, only to find a stranger called Saskia, she is pregnant ...more
The story opens quite dramatically, but the pace that follows is much more of a stroll through several lifechanging moments. Our main character, Saskia, is easy to care for, but the remaining characters are all simply of average interest. I really wanted to feel invested in each of them, but was left feeling a bit tepid about all. My chief complaint is really in the rapid closure and wrap-up of several ...more
Verity has two sons, Toby and Marius who are at Nottingham University. Verity's husband Nathan is off abroad sorting out work issues so Verity is left alone.
That is, until one day the doorbell rings and Saskia turns up claiming Nathan is her father. Saskia is pregnant and her boyfriend is in the States.
Verity is welcoming, giving and quickly trusting of Saskia's story, but is ...more
The pace of the book was just perfect. It kept me interested throughout. The book is well written and has a nice plot.
I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to others. ...more