Sing Me a Secret by Julie Houston
Publishing Date: 7th May 2020
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 333
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
Buy the Book: Kindle
The four Sutherland sisters have all had very different paths in life, but one secret and a slighty tense production of Jesus Christ Superstar are about to bring them all back together again…
When the news that pop-superstar Lexia Sutherland is returning to Westenbury, not everyone is thrilled by the news – including Lexia. There are too many memories she doesn’t need to face – or need re-surfacing.
Meanwhile, Juno Sutherland just wants a little peace and quiet. As the local village doctor, she’s got her priorities in order; kids, job, husband, tenacious pony, a role in the village musical… So when the sexy new locum turns up – and steals her office – the last thing she needed was to be hit with rising temperatures and an over-active imagination.
Will these sisters be able to uncover the past, deal with the future and put on the performance of a lifetime?
Return to Westenbury this spring and find out.
The four Sutherland sisters, Juno, Ariadne, Pandora and Lexia, live their own lives. They’re together yet they are also estranged – just like it feels in real life, right? Juno is a doctor at the village practice, working part – time but now she finds herself moved to another room as the surgery needs another, full – time doctor, who turns out to be the handsome Aussie Scott Butler. Juno can’t forget that she’s very married, even though her husband is working one year abroad but Scott seems to be everywhere Juno is, not only at the practice but saving her from her own bathroom or appearing at her sister’s party.
What the sisters have in common is they can sing. Really well. So well that Lexia has won a competition once, a competitions that catapulted her to the first places in all music charts but also estranged her from her family. Now she’s about to come back to Westenbury but not without a fight.
Nevertheless, there is going to be a production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and all of them will take part in it! But will the sisters be able to forget about the past and move forward? To start again?
The author brilliantly captured the dynamics between the characters and their relationships. I did wish a bit more depth to the characters, to be honest, because, with them being rather a few, they felt not finished and I had a feeling that I don’t now them all as well as I’d like. It took some of them some time to grow on me, to be honest and I think it’s because for a long time I wasn’t sure what and who is important in this story. Nevertheless, the sisters came truly alive in this book, with all their ups and downs, mistakes that they made, troubles and problems but also with their funny moments. They were full of emotions and they shared a strong bond. I liked getting to know them, learning that all of them had their own reasons for feeling unhappy. And, let’s be honest, like in every family, there are always secrets and misunderstandings, and it’s the same with the Sutherlands, all four sisters had something to hide and it was intriguing to be able to unravel all those secrets. The dynamics between them seemed real and genuine, sometimes too far – fetched and overdone but still they felt vaguely familiar.
It is a second book in a series and at the beginning I was a bit worried that perhaps I should have read the first book before I start this one, but it turned out that no, no worries, you can read it as a stand – alone.
As much as this was a lovely book, I think it could be a bit shorter, because let’s be honest, at 40% I still wasn’t sure what it’s about and on whom it’s actually focusing. I was thinking it is a story about Juno but there was also so much about other characters, and Lexia’s subplot could fill a book by itself. There were many, many descriptions, and as much as I appreciated their beauty and vividness, I wanted to beg the book, just come to the point, pretty please. Before the characters came to a conclusion, it took them three of four pages of inner monologue, and I am more of an action reader – just keep the plot going!
Altogether, “Sing Me a Secret” was a story full of secrets and real relationships, written in a descriptive and evocative way, filled with humour and also touching upon heavier issues. It was about overcoming the past, about unconditional sisterly love that is able to survive even the most darkest moments. It covered so many topics, starting with family relationships and dramas, infidelity, blackmail, a bit of romance and we can’t forget, a musical production, this all set among community where everyone knows everyone else’s business, but not in a negative way. Light and with feel – good factor, a great read for a sunny afternoon.
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