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A Secret Kept (edition 2010)

by Tatiana de Rosnay

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Title:A Secret Kept
Authors:Tatiana de Rosnay
Info:St. Martin's Press (2010), Edition: Reprint, Hardcover, 305 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:This has been my favorite of her books. I really like this author and when I finished it and picked up another book by someone else, it was very disappointing.

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Great quick read! ( )
  KarenHerndon | Jun 28, 2015 |
Enjoyable read. Story is told from Antoine's point of view as he tries to remember his mother who died when he was 10 yrs old. Antoine takes his sister back to the childhood summer island where memories come back. Melanie is about to remember something when they have a car accident. Antoine has to come to terms with the secret of his mother's death, his failed marriage, his teenage children, his relationshipj with his father, and a new woman. Needless to say its a lot.
Novel progresses as it should and only problem I have is how his relationship with Melanie , so strong as start of novel, fizzes to a paragraph or two at the end. ( )
  Smits | May 14, 2015 |
This author and this book are excellent. ( )
  leahhenderson | Apr 18, 2015 |
This mournful story begins when a brother and sister return to a family vacation spot from their childhood. Antoine recalls all sorts of charming memories during their weekend together, but his sister Melanie remembers something so disturbing, she crashes the car on their drive home.

As the two begin to piece together what they remember of their mother's tragic death, they begin to realize a shadowy secret their family has kept buried for years. ( )
  Juva | Apr 1, 2015 |
Two intertwining stories are told in alternating fashion. One is of the young girl Sarah who lives in a Paris apartment with her Jewish family in the 1940's. She is terrified when police show up at the building, demanding that her family leave with them. Her brother is equally scared and runs and hides in their secret hiding place--a hidden cupboard that they often play in. Sarah tries to get him to leave but when he won't she locks him in and pockets the key, thinking that he will be safe there until she can return. Fast forward to the 20th century, and an American woman named Julia is living in Paris with her French husband and daughter. Julia is a reporter and is assigned to work on a story abut the round up of Jews in Paris during the 1940's. That story leads her to uncover information about her husband's family--and the apartment they moved into during the 1940's, which turns out to be the apartment that Sarah's family lived in. Gradually Sarah's story plays out and then the focus switches to Julia as she ferrets out what happened to Sarah after the war.
I had some very strong emotional reactions to this book, so the author must have been doing her job well! Sarah's story is of course tragic, but I identified more with Julia and some of the dramatic things that happened in her life. I did find some things too coincidental and neatly tied up at the end, but it was a very engaging story and one I enjoyed discussing with others. Definitely a great choice for discussion groups and anyone who enjoys engaging historical/contemporary fiction. ( )
  debs4jc | Dec 2, 2014 |
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In loving memory of Pierrre-Emmanuel (1989-2006).
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. -- Henry Scott Holland
Manderley was no more. -- Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca
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This book is for Cecilia and Alexis, my wonderful sister and brother, and for Cedric and Caroline, their loved ones.
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I am shown into a small drab room, told to sit down and wait.
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It's been thirty years since Antonie's and Melanie's mother died. But when a visit to the sea at Noirmoutier Island triggers painful memories of their haunting childhood--and Melanie lies in the hospital recovering from a near fatal accident--Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children.… (more)

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