Mrs P’s Book of Secrets by Lorna Gray
ebook, 291 pages
Expected publication: December 14th 2019 by One More Chapter
About the Book:
The Cotswolds, Christmastime 1946: A young widow leaves behind the tragedy of her wartime life, and returns home to her ageing aunt and uncle. For Lucy – known as Mrs P – and the people who raised her, the books that line the walls of the family publishing business bring comfort and the promise of new beginnings. But the kind and reserved new editor at the Kershaw and Kathay Book Press is a former prisoner of war, and he has his own shadows to bear. And when the old secrets of a little girl’s abandonment are uncovered within the pages of Robert Underhills’s latest project, Lucy must work quickly if she is to understand the truth behind his frequent trips away. For a ghost dwells in the record of an orphan girl’s last days. And even as Lucy dares to risk her heart, the grief of her own past seems to be whispering a warning of fresh loss. There are no white shrouded spectres here, no wailing ghouls. Just the echoes of those who have passed, whispering that history is set to repeat itself.
Oh, I was so disappointed with this book, I really had high hopes for it. The start was promising; I engaged with Lucy initially, feeling for her because of the past war and the misfortune it brings. While I continued to read something was just *not quite right* for me. So, after the promising start, around the halfway point I started to feel not as invested and noticed it was harder for me to continually pick up my tablet. Everything seemed to slow down and feel a bit drawn out. I still wanted to read until the end because I wanted to understand how everything would find a resolution, but it was a tale of two halves for me with this one.
Thank you NetGalley, Lorna Gray, and One More Chapter for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.