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The Secret Notebook by Julia Wild is a dual timeline story that will warm your heart as you think about relatives who lived during WWII and wonder about their stories that they never told.
I particularly enjoyed the WWII timeline in the novel. It instantly drew me in and kept me wanting to know what happened next as the story broke away to the future and then back again. I kept thinking about my grandparents, who lived during that time and were young married couples when both of my grandfathers were drafted and deployed, and what they must have gone through but never talked about. War stories are almost always a good reminder about what is essential in life and not to take things or people for granted.
I also enjoyed the diary format of the 1940’s timeline. I gained so much insight into Molly’s heart and mind in just a few entries which was enough to relate to her and take her story into my heart. She is my favorite character in the novel as I enjoyed her strength of character and her willingness to grab on to all that is good in life and never let go.
Unfortunately, the contemporary story with Izzie and Justin did not have the same kind of pull for me as the historical one. However, I did enjoy how the two stories intertwined and brought Molly to life in ways just a single timeline could never have done. Izzie is Molly’s granddaughter, and she lived with her grandparents during her teen years, so her reflections about her grandmother and their time together added dimension to the story in ways Izzie and Justin’s romance could not.
If you are looking for an engaging and beautifully written tale about love and loss and, of course, secrets, The Secret Notebook has it and more!
Lancashire born, I moved to Bedfordshire in the late seventies, married and started a family. I’m a past Hon Sec of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, have been a member since 1993 when I joined their New Writers’ Scheme as a probationer. That came about after winning a week’s historical writing course on the strength of the first chapter of my third Poldark-era romance. The tutor on the last day loved the story and handed me details of the Romantic Novelists’ Association – she said I absolutely must join as they would be able to help me towards publication.
Some four years later my first published book, Dark Canvas, won the RNA’s New Writer’s Award in 1997, the sixth, Illusions, won the RNA’s Romance Prize in 2003.
After working in the local library service for 18 years, during library cut-backs I took the leap to become self-employed as a writer and worked on releasing my backlist as eBooks for Kindle.
Most recently, I’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing Charlotte Ledger when she pulled me from the writing wilderness and have now signed a three-book deal with One More Chapter.
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