How far should you go to keep a secret?
No-one ever accused Sophie Campbell of being a coward. From caving trips to rooftop pranks, it appeared nothing could hold her back, especially once she landed a dream job promising travel all over the world.
But Sophie’s jet-setting lifestyle is not what it seems and she’s been spending more time in the quiet English village of Saffron Sweeting than she cares to admit. When her beloved Great Aunt Wol dies suddenly, Sophie loses one of the few people who truly know her. As friends, family and an old flame gather for the funeral, questions soon follow. Worse, Sophie finds herself increasingly attracted to the man most likely to expose her secrets. Can she manage to guard her past, yet finally follow her long-held dream?
Kathryn - 4 Star
Secrets in the Sky was a surprise read for me. I wasn’t initially sure what to expect because I didn’t immediately understand the thought process behind the actions of some of the characters. They seemed to be behaving oddly- which makes sense now as many of them are harbouring some secrets from each other. However, I was immediately on Sophie’s side for no other good reason than that I liked her from the get-go. Something about her earnestness made me want her to succeed but she seemed to be having a hard time determining what she wanted her success to be and her insistence about keeping her job a secret from her mother made me a bit crazy.
Pauline Wiles inserted some vastly irritating (but amusing) personalities into the plot of this novel. Namely a rather vocal bird, a rather frustratingly simple ex-boyfriend/current boyfriend and a number of interfering villagers but there were also some steadfast friends. Her roommate was sweet and I liked both the real-estate agent who was on Sophie’s side and the American woman who ran the support groups.
My only hesitancy with my overall feelings was that I felt more warmth could have been made between the sisters. I think there was something missing in their interactions or perhaps it was just their age gap that created this, or their unusual upbringing? But I wished for more closeness there.
The novel was charming and the romantic plot twists were sweet. I wouldn’t hesitate to read another novel about Saffron Sweeting!
Thank you to the author for our review copy. All opinions are our own.
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