Wednesday, 28 October 2020

The Secret Of You And Me By Melissa Lenhardt Book Review*

 I received a copy to review but all opinions are my own*

It's been a little while since my last book review which was the brilliant So Lucky by Dawn O'Porter in case you missed it, so it felt like time for another! Today I'm sharing my thoughts on The Secret of You and Me by Melissa Lenhardt which I was kindly sent a copy of not too long ago.The Secret of You and Me by Melissa Lenhardt book placed on bookshelf in front of row of other books'You always come back to your first love. Nora hasn't looked back. Not since she left home, and her broken heart, far behind her. But now tragedy calls her back, where she must finally come face to face with ex-boyfriend Charlie, and best friend Sophie. Only now will she be able to confront her past - and reconcile her future. Sophie seems to have everything. Married to Charlie, with a wonderful daughter and a successful career. Yet underneath that perfection lies an explosive secret. A secret that ripped through their town and destroyed her friendship with Nora. So when Sophie finds out that Nora has returned, she hopes Nora's stay is short. The life she has built depends on it. But first love doesn't fade easily. Memories come to light, passion ignites and old feelings resurface. As the forces that once tore them apart begin to re-emerge, both Nora and Sophie must accept that true love is something worth fighting for.'

My Review

The Secret of You and Me is actually Melissa's first Women's Fiction novel and it's the first LGBT book that I've read so before even starting this, I was so intrigued by what was to come. I've not read a great deal of romance books recently so I was so ready to get stuck into it. 

The Secret of You and Me follows Nora and Sophie, two women who were torn apart when they were younger and now decades later, life has brought them back together. Will this be their second chance at love? I have to admit that it took me a little while to really get into this and I found the first quarter or so to be quite slow but I'm really glad I persevered with it. Whilst I wanted to know everything initially about Nora and Sophie and why they had to go their separate ways, by the end I really liked that we were given bits of information throughout and not everything was revealed straight away. I also really liked Melissa's writing style and personally loved that we got both Nora and Sophie's perspective throughout which really allows for you to get to know both characters. 

I liked how unapologetic Nora was and what a strong character she was and I think that worked perfectly with Sophie being really quite broken and having lots of issues to work through. I thought the way Melissa handled Sophie as a character in particular and her journey with her sexuality was perfect. Despite Nora and Sophie being so different in their personalities and having gone down such different paths in their lives, from the very first moment they meet again after all those years, the chemistry was undeniable and I was rooting for them to find a way to be together.

Nora and Sophie's relationship was messy at times but believable and I think in a lot of ways it reflects real life. Things don't always go as we plan but it showed that it's never too late to start again or be who you truly are. The Secret of You and Me is very different to many romance novels I've read before for a number of reasons but that's not a negative. I finished the book feeling like I'd really gotten to know the characters and their story and it made me think a lot about people who could be struggling with their sexuality or dealing with negative comments from those around them, as Sophie and Nora did too. It's incredibly powerful at times and very real which I always love in a book.

If you enjoy romance novels then The Secret of You and Me is the perfect book for you. It's out on Thursday 29th October so only 1 more day to wait!

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17 comments

Little Miss Mel said...

This sounds like a really great and interesting read. I’m on the hunt for book recommendations so that’s for sharing.

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jennyinneverland said...

Great review! I’m looking for more LGBTQ+ books to read and this sounds like a good place to start! x

Sarah Trademark said...

I am looking for more books to read so will check this out xx

Heather Nixon said...

It sounds great, I definitely want to check it out x

beautyqueenuk said...

Now this does sound like a really great read! My TBR pile is quite big currently and I really need to made a dent into it x

Alice Anne said...

Oh this sounds like my kinda read! Will have to find and download today xx

Beautylymin said...

It definitely sounds like an enjoyable read! x

Beautylymin

Tiffany Timms said...

No problem! xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Thanks Jenny! It's definitely a good one to start with xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Fab! xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Hope you enjoy if you do xx

Tiffany Timms said...

I seem to have a never ending pile of books to get through! xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Hope you enjoy! xx

Tiffany Timms said...

It was something different to my usual reads, really recommend xx

Kelly~Diane said...

This sounds like such a great book. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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