I'm normally pretty into the whole family secrets type book, so this is one that I immediately marked on my TBR list on Goodreads. It's about two girls who are born on the same day at the same hospital in the 1960's. The girls have very little in common, but their lives are connected as they grow up and into adulthood through various family ties and one big family secret. Unfortunately, this one really didn't work for me.
Nothing spectacular. No issues with sentence structure, grammr, typos, etc, but the plot itself just wasn't that interesting. Throughout the book I had an idea of where the build up to the big secret was headed, but I kept telling myself no. The ending I saw coming was way too cliche, too improbable, too predictable, etc. And yet, that was the ending the author chose. So I felt like the build up through the entire book to the revelation of this secret was not all that successful.
Also disappointing. The secret that is used to draw us into the book is a little bit deceptive - the book is very much character driven as opposed to plot driven. This can work very well, especially in women's literature, but only if the reader cares about the characters. Unfortunately, I didn't really care about anyone in this book. So reading lots of small stories about the two main characters growing up and coming of age really wasn't all that interesting because I didn't especially like either of them. In a weird, oxymoronical way it made for a slow fast read. Fast read because it wasn't challenging intellectually so I read it in just a few hours. Slow because while I was reading I was bored. Those few hours felt like days.
Overall, disappointing. I hate to say so because it was sent to me by Trish from TLC and I LOVE Trish and TLC Tours, but this one just wasn't for me. If you're looking for a good family secret/ women's lit novel, I recommend The Distant Hours by Kate Morton (for a more gothic take) and The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen (for a lighter take).
However, many other reviewers on the tour enjoyed this one, so I recommend checking out their reviews as well if you're considering reading the book to get a balanced take on it.