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  • Published: New York : Atria Books, 2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Description: 480 p. cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781439152805


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The secret keeper

by Morton, Kate, 1976-

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Call number: Fiction / Morton, Kate

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor, Traverwood Adult

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During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to the family farm for Dorothy's ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by questions she has not thought about for decades. From pre-WWII England through the Blitz, to the fifties and beyond, discover the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds--Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy--who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. "The Secret Keeper" explores longings and dreams, the lengths people go to fulfill them, and the consequences they can have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers, and schemers told--in Morton's signature style--against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

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excellent book

love Kate Morton's books!


Sometimes the back and forth between different time periods was a bit jolting, but overall the story was original and well developed.

Family secrets

"The Secret Keeper" is a well-written novel about family secrets. The book alternates between current day, when Laurel, a grown women, is trying to find out who her mother Dorothy really was, and Dorothy's experience in 1940s London during World War II. The characters are well developed and the story is gripping. I liked the writing style - it really evoked the different time periods and the voices of the various characters.

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