This month we did a breakfast book club, where we all made tasty book club breakfast foods, we had my mini crescent danishes, little quiche, monkey bread and Noelle made homemade cinnamon raison bagels, that were pretty awesome!
The book choice for last month was The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.
The Goodreads description: During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy.
Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to the family farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by questions she has not thought about for decades. From pre-WWII England through the Blitz, to the fifties and beyond, discover the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined.
Goodreads average rating is 4.11 stars
Our average rating was a 3 stars!
Our thoughts summarized and beautifully said by Jess: Kate Morton’s long winded tale of a mother with a mysterious past and a daughter determined to uncover it was a journey. A 481-page long journey.
The story is sprawled throughout two World Wars and present day, following monotonous Laurel, Dorothy in all her narcissistic dysfunction, and Vivien with her surprisingly soft demeanor.
Overall, the story- in terms of execution- was 200 pages too long with redundant scenes from different points of view and these inner dialogues (specifically Laurel) that went forever. However, in the last 100 pages or so, Morton was able to pick up the pace within the plot a bit and deliver some remarkable twists to the story as Dorothy’s mysterious past fell into place. That being said, would we as a book club read another Kate Morton novel? Probably not.