Tuesday, June 7, 2011

(83)Best Kept Secret by Amy Hatvany

I have read several memoirs recently, some bad, some good, but none compare to Amy Hatvany's Best Kept Secret. But wait it is not a memoir it is a novel. Seriously, it wasn't until I just noticed the author's name was Amy Hatvany did I realize that this book was a novel. It reads as a memoir. A raw, powerful memoir, but - silly me - it is "only" a novel.

Cadence did not adjust well to the stresses of motherhood. She had a workaholic husband and was struggling with giving up her writing career to be a stay at home Mother. She starts taking the edge off of her day with a glass or two of wine to help her unwind. Over the course of two years her marriage ends and her drinking spirals out of control. Culminating in a binge episode with her ex showing up at her door to take their son and her sister taking her to the hospital after she vocalized her suicidal thoughts.

Cadence's road to recovery is a brutal one, but she is willing to do whatever is necessary in order to get her son back. But will it be enough? Or is it too little too late?

Best Kept Secret is a phenomenal book about the pressures of Motherhood and the road one woman went down in an effort to cope with the pressures of Motherhood and a failing career. From the first page I was sucked into Cadence's raw and powerful story. Even after everything Cadence did I found myself very sympathetic to her. This is not one of those stories that has the perfect happy ending, but it has a real ending. A real ending to a fictional story. Overall - a very well written story. I think this is one of those stories that will stick with me long after I turned the last page - and I love those kind of books, don't you?

3 comments:

Jen Daiker said...

I just found out about this book today and was elated to have the Book Birthday!!! I purchased it on Amazon today and I can't wait to get it in the mail this week!

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

I really think that you will like it, Jen. It was really good.

Brandie said...

Another one I'm anxious to read soon!

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