Mar 22, 2019

Her Best Friend's Secret by Anna Mansell Review

Her Best Friend's Secret
By Anna Mansell
Release Date: April 1st, 2019
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

Your best friend deserves the truth. But it will ruin her life. What would you do? 
In summer, the small Cornish village of Gorran Haven fills with tourists, but in the colder months it's pretty narrow streets are blissfully quiet, the bell on the village shop door rings only for locals, the beach is unspoilt, empty and safe. 

It’s been over twenty years since four very different teenage girls sat on that beach, and swore to be best friends forever. Their lives went different ways after Emily left. But each remembered that promise. And none truly found friendship like it again. 

Now, Emily’s back, with a secret she can’t face. She tries to hide away, take time to heal and make some difficult choices, but she runs into one of her old friends, and soon the four are reunited. Lolly, warm as ever, is a successful physiotherapist, married with kids. Yet smart, strong Amanda, who cherishes her teenage daughter, is alone and seemingly stuck in a dead-end job. And creative Jess is so much quieter than Emily remembers. 

The bond is still there, and Emily realises their friendship might keep her together, but there are reasons why the women fell out of touch. Secrets that have lain dormant for decades start to surface, and then one of the women discovers a betrayal so big, it could turn each of their lives upside down. 

It’s always those we’re closest to who have the power to tear us apart. Can friendship give Emily and her friends the strength to survive a devastating shock, or are some things unforgivable? 

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

Are childhood friends forever? Can you trust them to be truthful, or should you be wary that after two decades of not seeing them, that they could blow your life to kingdom come? 

Her Best Friend's Secrets is about four secondary school friends, that come into each other's lives again after twenty yearsafter a chance meeting at a station between two of the friends, and a subsequent meetup changes everything. So rather than talk about the story as a wholelet's discuss the charactersstarting with the one that got them all back together. 

Lolly is a woman who wears many hats, Wife, Motherphysiotherapist! She is everything to so many, but she is missing the one thing that she really wants...another child. But is it all too good to be true? 

Emily is home after many years, with a secret she is not will to share at the moment. Years of being in the spotlight and being used by the man who is supposed to love her and keep her business interests at heartshe finally breaks free and comes home, to just be. 

Then there is smartsassy and independent Amanda, who has had to raise her child by herself when her husband left, only to have him swan back into their lives, and bedazzle their daughter so she is now alone. But Amanda is hiding a secret from everyone, but is she willing to share it, if it saves someone else from deceit? 

And finally there is Jess, who is back from her world travels, seemly successful, carefree and happy, but Jess has devastating secrets she never wants to burden anyone with. 

What you find with this book is that secrets and lies have a way of coming out, but they can also make a person growtake a second chance, be proud of what they become, and fall in love! And add that to the beautifully described backdrop of Cornwall, Her Best Friend's Secrets should be on your must-read list for the summer. 

Anna Mansell is a new to me author, but not for long, as this book is heartbreaking and gripping! It is also thought-provoking and eye-opening, and you will find yourself having a favorite character as I did. And if you are also like me, you will get swept up in the beautiful writing and outstanding story. 

give Her Best Friend's Secret 5 stars! 

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