The Secret Sister (Fairham Island #1)
by Brenda Novak
Summary from Goodreads:
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?
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has penned over 45 novels. A two-time Rita nominee, she’s won The National Reader’s Choice, The Bookseller’s Best, The Bookbuyer’s Best and many other awards. She runs an annual online auction for diabetes research every May at www.brendanovak.com. To date, she’s raised over $2 million. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.
This book was a solid five star read! It was the perfect combination of mystery and romance. At times it felt like I was watching an episode of CSI, I kept coming up with theories of what could’ve happened. What I loved most was that in the end, I didn’t see it coming. Sometimes books can be a little predictable but not this one. The Secret Sister kept me guessing until the very end when all the loose ends came together perfectly. The conclusion was satisfying and it left me feeling really good (I was worried this might not be the case).
The romance between Maisey and Rafe was lovely. I enjoyed their interactions so much and the chemistry between them was off the charts. Rafe was pretty amazing because he still had some of the bad boy in him from when he was younger -he could be flirty and confident but at the same time he also matured so much and became this truly good man. How adorable was it for him to be a single dad? Him and Laney were a perfect fit for Maisey in her current situation, like it was meant to be. They complemented each other beautifully.
I highly recommend this book, I guarantee you will not be disappointed!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
5 out of 5 stars
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