July 16, 2019
It’s been seventeen years since the tragic summer the McAvoy sisters fell apart. Lindy, the wild one, left home, carved out a new life in the city and never looked back. Delia, the sister who stayed, became a mother herself, raising her daughters and running the family shop in their small Ohio hometown on the shores of Lake Erie.
But now, with their mother’s ailing health and a rebellious teenager to rein in, Delia has no choice but to welcome Lindy home. As the two sisters try to put their family back in order, they finally have the chance to reclaim what’s been lost over the years: for Delia, professional dreams and a happy marriage, and for Lindy, a sense of home and an old flame—and best of all, each other. But when one turbulent night leads to a shocking revelation, the women must face the past they’ve avoided for a decade. And there’s nothing like an old secret to bring the McAvoy women back together and stronger than ever.
With warm affection and wry wit, Molly Fader’s The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets is about the ties that bind family and the power of secrets to hold us back or set us free.
Have you ever finished a really good, satisfying novel and then thought, well, it’s going to be very hard for the next book to live up to that one? When I picked up The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader, I had just that thought. While it took about a chapter or so for me to get into the groove of the novel, I soon swishing pages, wanting to know what was going to happen next.
The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets is not only about the McAvoy sisters, Lindy and Delia, but also their mother, Meredith, who’s recently had a stroke, and Delia’s teenage daughter, Brin, who is setting out to prove that she’s a real teenager with all of its connotations and tribulations. Each of these characters is so different and so intriguing.
My heart broke for Meredith in the passages where she was dealing her cognitive impairment. Yet, her illness also brought a different aspect of her character to light. She could now be blunt and demonstrative and express her observations. I found that I really liked her.
My favorite character was Lindy although, based on the opening scene of the novel, I was afraid she was going to be a train wreck. She’s supposed to be the wild one, but I’m sure that’s just in comparison to her blander sister, Delia, although one does get the impression that she was confused as a teenager. That probably went hand-in-hand with the trauma of losing her father.
I also adored Dan, Delia’s very solid, very understanding husband, and Garrett Singh, the police chief who when he was a teenager had an interesting relationship with teenage Lindy. Obviously it progresses into an interesting relationship with adult Lindy.
The main secret at heart of the novel revolves around what happened 17 years ago? Why is Meredith intent upon going to the Fulbright house with her flare gun? Why was Lindy, the one who wanted to revamp the family business and not wander, forced to leave the town she loved? While I had a hunch early on as to what happened, I wasn’t disappointed with the novel’s progression. The book was very much a page-turner.
This is definitely one to add to your summer reading if you like women’s fiction with a hint of mystery.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Molly Fader is the author of The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets. Under the name Molly O’Keefe she is the award-winning and USA Today Bestselling author of sexy contemporary romance. She lives in Toronto Canada with her husband, two kids and the largest heap of dirty laundry in North America.
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