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  • The reality of expectations.

    I received an ARC from Bookouture through NetGalley for an honest review. Four women who were best friends in college are reuniting for a long weekend. It has been a few years since they have seen each other. When they arrive at Elise's summer house at Cape Cod, no one seems to want to be there. It isn't turning out the way they thought it was, and each woman has their own problems they are dealing with, but they try. Why when once it was so easy to talk and share everything with each other is it so difficult now. As we read the book we find out.

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  • Friendship and secrets!

    Four friends have planned a getaway weekend on Cape Cod. Ivy, Elise, Libby and Ada have been friends since they met in college twenty years ago. They have kept touch by phone calls and occasional visits but all are looking forward to reconnecting on this long weekend. That doesn’t happen right away. The four women show as much of themselves as they want to be seen. Elise, married to a corporate lawyer and mother to three children, is the wealthiest and the super organizer of the group. It is at her luxurious Cape Cod vacation home where the reunion takes place. Ada, now on maternity leave, has a supportive, loving husband and is an attentive mother to a nine month old son, born when she was forty. Libby is a widow, trying to balance a return to a social life with the needs of her young daughters. Ivy is a free spirit. She’s married to an artist, has two teenage children, and is an aspiring jewelry designer. On the surface, all these things are true. It is what’s hidden under the surface that drives the plot of Her Guilty Secret. At the conclusion, there are no more secrets. The women have learned that communication and truth have only made their relationships with each other and with their own families stronger. Problems may not be neatly solved but the future looks brighter to them all. This is an enjoyable, emotional read about a long friendship. 5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Emily Cavanagh for this ARC.

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  • Pages turn quickly

    Her Guilty Secret is all about secrets , those you keep to protect someone and those you keep to to not only hide the truth but protect yourself. Its about loyalty, friendship and family. Four college friends get together for a weekend retreat /reunion . People change after 20 years but does friendship? All four of them have their own problems with family and all have kept a secret in one way or another. The pages will turn fast as you learn to love these ladies and admire the strength of their relationship.

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  • A brilliant read

    I absolutely loved Emily Cavanagh’s previous novel Everybody Lies, (which still plays around in my head) so I couldn’t wait for her next release. When the opportunity presented itself, I couldn’t jump any higher at the chance to read an advanced copy. Was the magic still there that I loved in Everybody Lies?… Yes it was! Her Guilty Secret is a well plotted tale that delves deep into the friendship between Elise, Ivy, Libby and Ada, as they navigate their own lives whist trying to hang on to the friendship they shared during their university days. A weekend away to reconnect is just what they need to escape their everyday lives but, it could well end up tearing them all apart. Each chapter is told via the perspective of each of the women and gives great insight into who they were and who they have become. Each dealing with the hands that have been dealt as topics of motherhood, deceit, lies, grief, death, divorce, postpartum depression, are covered in detail. To quote from the book “Life had ground them down too, yet here they all were, still intact, still some version of themselves, even if not entirely who they’d once been”. As the title teases, I was eagerly awaiting to find out “the secret” and from whom it was going to come from but, when it was finally revealed, I was surprised to realise that it wasn’t the secret that was the pillar that held this story up, it was the story of friendship that did. Her Guilty Secret has been beautifully written and the pages just turn themselves. It made me think of my own friendships from high school. One in particular that lasted for a number of years since that time but, eventually faded away as our lives took different paths. Some things you are better off letting go but, still having the fond memories remain. Emily Cavanagh has done an outstanding job with this book. Addictive and thought provoking, it will certainly have you caught up and invested in the story and its characters. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Her Guilty Secret, which I highly recommend.

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  • Great Characters

    Four 40ish college friends gather for a weekend at Cape Cod. All of them carry secrets, some large, some small. None of their lives are exactly as they appear. At first Elise, Ivy, Ada, and Libby all present their happy sides but as the weekend progresses truths are revealed. With the help of their old friends and some uncomfortable discussions, each woman is able to take steps towards a new path. They leave with a renewed sense of closeness.. This is my first read by Emily Cavanagh but I will certainly seek out some of her other books. It was a totally enjoyable read.

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