Book: Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl
Author: Karen Booth
Series: a standalone
Release date: 16 October 2018
Main characters: Katherine Fuller, committed singleton, who is about to have her life turned on its head. Eamon MacWard, an old flame who is keen to reconnect with Katherine.
As sisters, they tell each other all their secrets…except one.
With divorce and infidelity hanging from nearly every branch of her family tree, Katherine Fuller sees no point in marriage. Boyfriends? Sure. Sex? Of course. Wedding vows? No, thanks. Still, when her younger sister Amy gets engaged, Katherine gathers all the enthusiasm she can. She won’t let Amy down. She’s done enough of that for a lifetime.
As the sisters embark on wedding plans, Katherine’s college love resurfaces. It nearly killed Katherine to part from sexy Irish musician Eamon more than a decade ago, but falling under his spell a second time forces her to confront everything she hid from him. The secrets surrounding her mother’s death are still fresh and raw in her mind, but one has haunted her more than the others. She can’t bear to tell anyone, especially not Amy. It could ruin far more than a wedding. It could destroy a sister’s love forever.
Why you should read it: Karen Booth is a seriously talented writer. She gets into the heads of her characters and spins an intricate tale of family secrets and human frailty. I really empathised with Katherine’s character, who, more than anything, just wants to keep her family together. This story was a family tale more than anything, with a romance bubbling in the background. It was quite unusual that the crises in the book related to Katherine’s relationship with her sister, rather than with her old flame, Eamon. Eamon is pretty straightforward as characters go. He knows what he wants and he wants Katherine. It was quite refreshing that Katherine is the one to balk at the idea of committing to him, rather than vice-versa. At times I thought maybe Eamon was too good to be true, but it turns out he was just a good guy! They do exist!
Katherine and Eamon have strong chemistry and it’s palpable. Reading about their evolving relationship kept me engaged and invested in their journey.
What you may not like: One word: Amy. God I couldn’t stand this spoilt little brat! Oof she made me sooooo mad! She was self-absorbed, took her sister’s love for granted and basically made me want to smack her! She has her own journey to go on and she does evolve as a character. I thought Katherine was so strong, despite the rough deal she got. The adults in this book do some pretty shady stuff and poor Katherine bears the brunt of most of it.
Rating: 3/5 for an engaging, if somewhat tense tale of familial guilt, making peace with the past and love, in all its forms.
About Karen Booth:
Karen Booth is a mid-western girl transplanted in the South, raised on ‘80s music and repeated readings of Forever by Judy Blume. An early preoccupation with rock ‘n’ roll led her to spend her 20s working her way from intern to executive in the music industry. When her kids came along, she traded late nights for early mornings, writing contemporary romance and women’s fiction. Karen was a finalist for RT Magazine’s Series Romance of the Year and Gold Seal of Excellence, and the 2018 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages.
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About Bring Me Back: Nearly forty, Claire Abby had thought life would be a whole lot smoother by now. Single parenting her college-bound daughter is trying, her journalism career is fading, her sister’s a handful, her dad is worse, and her mom has been gone so long it’s hard to remember what it was like when she was here.
So it’s both a lucky break and a jaw-dropping distraction when Claire lands an interview with British rock star Christopher Penman. Claire spent her teenage years fantasizing he was her boyfriend. In person, Chris is everything Claire feared—off-the-charts sexy, ridiculously charming, and utterly nerve-wracking. He’s not about to discuss the rumors he’s dodged for a decade. She must earn his trust and unearth the truth, but she never banked on the heartbreaking secret behind it.
His blockbuster story is her first priority when she returns home, a nearly impossible task when Christopher starts calling. And flirting. There’s no denying his wit or his buttery British accent, and once she agrees to see him, it’s beyond anything her teenage brain ever imagined. But when Christopher’s painful past repeats itself, can Claire smooth out her life and save the man she could never forget?