Review: Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl by Karen Booth


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via A Novel Take PR.

Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl is my first read from author Karen Booth, and reading women's fiction was a nice change of pace from my usual go-tos of romance and mystery slash suspense. This was a story about Katherine Fuller, a woman who may not exactly be an advocate for marriage, not with the all too many cases of infidelity and divorce in their family. When her younger sister Amy is set to walk down the aisle, however, Katherine knows better than to be the one to rain on Amy's parade. Whatever negative thoughts and feelings she may have about the whole idea of marriage need to be set aside because no one wants a maid of honor who will end up spoiling things for the bride. When Amy decides to surprise Katherine with VIP tickets to an Eamon McWard concert, memories from their time together more than a decade bombard her. Seeing Eamon again makes it clear that the connection they once shared is as strong as ever, but it also forces Kat to confront all those secrets she's been keeping from everyone--one of which could end up ruining lives and her relationship with Amy.

If you're expecting a lighthearted read, you aren't going to get it here. This had a fair amount of angst, thanks in large part to the secrets being kept and Katherine's own gloomy outlook when it came to love and marriage. There's family drama, but I never shy away from drama and angst for as long as it doesn't feel overly done, and that certainly wasn't the case here. Karen Booth has given readers an interesting story of a woman deciding if finally bringing to light a secret she's long kept from other people is a good idea or not. The fact that Katherine's most important relationship is that with her younger sister Amy and that this secret could forever alter said relationship is one of the main cruxes of the book, the other being the second-chance romance she has with Eamon. When they were first together, he was twenty-nine and she was twenty-one, and fast forward eleven years later, and while the spark was still there, they were older versions of themselves who had lived very different lives from when they had first met. Overall, Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl turned out to be a good four-star read. ♥

Release Date: 16 October 2018

Date Read: 14 October 2018

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