The Secret Sister – 5 Stars

secret sister

Brenda Novak

Fairham Island Series (Book 1)

Release Date: July 28, 2015


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book blurb

Did she once have a sister? Has her mother lied all these years? Why?

After a painful divorce, Maisey Lazarow returns to Fairham, the small island off the North Carolina coast where she grew up. She goes there to heal—and to help her brother, Keith, a deeply troubled man who’s asked her to come home. But she refuses to stay in the family house. The last person she wants to see is the wealthy, controlling mother she escaped years ago.

Instead, she finds herself living next door to someone else she’d prefer to avoid—Rafe Romero, the wild, reckless boy to whom she lost her virginity at sixteen. He’s back on the island, and to her surprise, he’s raising a young daughter alone. Maisey’s still attracted to him, but her heart’s too broken to risk…

Then something even more disturbing happens. She discovers a box of photographs that evoke distant memories of a little girl, a child Keith remembers, too. Maisey believes the girl must’ve been their sister, but their mother claims there was no sister.

Maisey’s convinced that child existed. So where is she now?

about the author

Brenda Novak

brenda novakIt was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s career as a bestselling author–she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home.

“When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and won many awards, including four Rita nominations, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Book Seller’s Best and the National Reader’s Choice Award.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are proud parents of five children–three girls and two boys. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually raising funds for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). So far, Brenda has raised $2.4 million. Please visit to see how you can help.

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my review

5 Stars

The Secret Sister is the perfect example of how a well written book can mix a dramatic and  suspenseful tragedy with a sweet and romantic love story. The author plays the two aspects off one another, intensifying the characters connection to each other – creating a more solid bond as well as entertaining plot.

Maisey returned home to help her brother overcome his personal issues but maybe more so to try and heal herself. The last few years of her life have been more than a little painful. She lost a everything she held dear. She hopes coming back her childhood home will help her reconnect to who she once was and to find a bit of solace.

However, she discovers more than she ever bargained for. First Maisey stumbles upon Rafe, a boy she briefly knew a life time ago and the man he has become is someone she cannot forget or ignore. Then she discovers the possibility of a murdered sibling she never knew she had. All of this is coupled with her reunion with her not so lovely and very controlling mom.

It soon felt like Maisey was questioning everything but finding very few answers. It’s the perfect storm of plot chaos but it works. Each scene flows into the next and there is never a spot where you want to stop reading. It all works out beautifully and it’s why Brenda Novak is one of my favorite authors – her storylines are simply incredible.

I seriously devoured The Secret Sister and I highly recommend it. It’s a great book and one you definitely want to read.


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