#BookReview HER MOTHER'S SECRET by JAN BAYNHAM #PublicationDay
ABOUT THE BOOK
It’s 1969 and free-spirited artist Elin Morgan has left Wales for a sun-drenched Greek island. As she makes new friends and enjoys the laidback lifestyle, she writes all about it in her diary. But Elin’s carefree summer of love doesn’t last long, and her island experience ultimately leaves her with a shocking secret …
Twenty-two years later, Elin’s daughter Alexandra has inherited the diary and is reeling from its revelations. The discovery compels Alexandra to make her own journey to the same island, following in her mother’s footsteps. Once there, she sets about uncovering what really happened to Elin in that summer of ’69.
If you are looking for a getaway from the safety and comfort of your own sofa, then look no further! This book transports you to Greece with ease as you follow the story of Elin and Alexandra and I was utterly enthralled by their absorbing story.
Set in 1969, and 1991, this is the story of Alexander who is grieving the loss of her beloved mother Elin. She feels that her father and sister are moving on too fast and she feels out of place. Her grandmother then shows her a different side to her mother and uncovers Elins' diary from the Summer of 1969 when she travelled to Greece for the Summer for her art course. Her grandmother says that something happened that Summer but Elin would never talk about it - through her diary we get to find out about the goings on and it was a fascinating story to tell.
I loved going back in time with Elin and her recollections of spending time in Greece, visiting different place and getting to meet so many people who welcome her into their lives. Whilst over there she gets interest from 2 brothers - both very different personalities and she finds out different sides to people and their families. There's a darker side to the paradise island and the close family groups that shows itself in tragic circumstances.
When Alexandra decides to visit Greece to see for herself the place her mother fell in love, she discovers her own love of the country she is visiting and sees her journey turns up some very interesting revelations.
This is a book set in idyllic surroundings and full of characters with such interesting stories to tell. I loved the way the landscape comes alive within the pages and there's a little bit of everything from romance, mystery to tragedy! I highly recommend this as the perfect summertime read!!