Friday, October 12, 2018

The Secrets We Carried - Contemporary Fiction Review

About The Secrets We Carried

• Paperback: 368 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 25, 2018)
 Readers who love Susan Wiggs and Susan Mallery will adore New York Times bestselling author Mary McNear newest novel. A young woman travels home to Butternut Lake, confronting her past and the tragedy she and her friends have silently carried with them for over a decade while also facing an unknown future. Butternut Lake is an idyllic place—but for one woman, her return to the lake town she once called home is bittersweet… Sometimes life changes in an instant. Quinn LaPointe grew up on beautiful Butternut Lake, safe, secure, sure of her future. But after a high school tragedy, she left for college and never looked back. Becoming a successful writer in Chicago, she worked to keep out the dark memories of an accident that upended her life. But now, after ten years, she’s finally returned home. Butternut is the same, and yet everything is changed. Gabriel Shipp, once her very best friend, doesn’t want anything to do with her. The charming guy she remembers is now brooding and withdrawn. Tanner Lightman, the seductive brother of her late boyfriend, wants her to stick around. Annika Bergstrom, an old classmate who once hated Quinn, is now friendly. Everyone, it seems, has a secret. Determined to come to terms with the tragedy and rebuild old relationships, Quinn settles into Loon Bay Cabins, a rustic but cozy lakeside resort, where she begins writing down her memories of the year before the accident. Her journey though the past leads her to some surprising discoveries about the present. As secrets are revealed and a new love emerges, Quinn finds that understanding the past is the key to the future.

  My Thoughts:  I have seen this series around for quite some time and was so excited to finally give it a try!  I love a small town/coming home kind of story and this was wonderful.  I loved the feel of the community and watching Quinn struggle with all that being home meant for her.  I’m always a little nervous when I see a new-to-me author compared with favorites but McNear lived up to all my expectations.  I’m looking forward to going back and reading the first five books in the series and will be keeping my eye out for the next one.  Don’t worry if you’re new to the series like me!  I had no problem jumping in here.  Rating: Very Good


  1. Good to know you enjoyed it. I did read an earlier one in the series but I didn't get engrossed enough to want to continue. Sometimes I just have too many small town similar reads!!

  2. I've never read this author before. I grew up in a lake house so this book appeals to me.

  3. I've enjoyed this series so good to know the newest book is good.