Book Review: Of Love and Secrets by Margaret Lynette Sharp

Title: Of Love and Secrets

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Of Love and Secrets

Author: Margaret Lynette Sharp

Published: January 5th 2015 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Description from Goodreads:

This is the story of an eighteen-year old woman as she battles for autonomy and a life of her own. Still living at home, under the ever-watchful eye of her domineering mother, Jenny struggles to build a life and find love. What is her destiny?

My Thoughts:

I received my copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Of Love and Secrets by Australian author, Margaret Lynette Sharp, is a lovely contemporary romance novel, set in beautiful Sydney, Australia.

Jenny has just turned 18, has been dumped by her boyfriend, and feels like her mother still treats her like a child. She jumps at the chance to get out of her stifling home to go to a party with her friends where she meets the handsome older man, Richard.

Jenny and Richard begin to spend all of their time together and seem to fall head over heels in love with each other. Jenny believes that she is old enough to make her own decisions. Richard is only in his early 20’s, appears to really like her, and even her Dad seems to like him, so what’s the problem?

Jenny’s mother has all kinds of problems with the relationship. She thinks that Jenny is too young and that Richard is only interested in taking advantage of her. This makes things very tense at home, but when Richard starts to talk about moving to Melbourne Jenny begins to wonder where exactly their relationship is heading.

Jenny was such a likable, if a bit naive, character that I found myself really hoping that things would work out between her and Richard. I was really hoping for her to stand up to her overbearing mother, although I could also see things from her point of view at times. Even when you’re 18 it is quite rude and irresponsible to be staying out til all hours without letting your parents know and 18 is still too young to know for sure that you’ve found the love of your life. (In my opinion.) However, one of the most difficult aspects of parenting must be knowing when to let go and allow your children to make their own decisions, good or bad.

I really enjoyed Of Love and Secrets. It was much more than just about romance, it was about families, relationships, and the struggles of growing up and finding your own place in the world.

Check out Margaret’s Guest Author post here from earlier this month!

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Guest Author Margaret Lynette Sharp

Margaret Lynette Sharp is joining us at Scatterbooker today. Margaret is the author of Love, Desire and Betrayal and Of Love and Secrets as well as over 150 short stories. She lives in Sydney with her husband, Ronald Sharp, who is the very highly regarded creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

Of Love and Secrets and Love, Desire and Betrayal are both on my current reading list and I will be reviewing both novels in the next few weeks.

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Margaret and her Maltese Cross, Chicki

Where do you find inspiration for your novels?

My new release, ‘Of Love and Secrets’ is my longest work. I really don’t know where the inspiration for it, or any of my stories, comes from. It’s a matter of making the decision to start a new project, and then tossing around ideas in my head, jotting them down as they appeal to me. I’ve written over a hundred and fifty short stories, so I guess I have a considerable store of ideas tucked away in my subconscious.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

I’ve never had it. If I want to write, I write.

Which of your characters, if any, are most similar to you?

There is a little bit of me in many of my characters.  I share Michaela’s love of music and Amelia’s desire for success (each in different novellas in the collection entitled ‘Love, Desire and Betrayal’). As a young woman, I was a little naïve like Jenny in ‘Of Love and Secrets’.

Which of your characters has been the most difficult to write?

No-one stands out particularly. If I’m pressed for an answer, I’d say Steven (of ‘Amelia’s Call’, a novella in ‘Love, Desire and Betrayal’.) He is not like anyone I know.

What is your favourite thing to do to relax?

That’s easy: swimming. I love it! I’ve been involved at local competition level for over thirty years. But I love recreational swimming best!

Which book do you wish that you had written yourself?

There are many books and authors that I truly admire, especially in the classics, but I don’t consciously *wish* that I’d written them. They are each written in their author’s unique voice.

What is your greatest achievement (so far)?

In the literary sense, I think it’s the completion of ‘Of Love and Secrets’. I wrote it to achieve my ambition of writing a longer work.

Are you working on anything at the moment?

I am always working on my blog, but at present I have no plans to write any more books. But that may change, if ‘Of Love and Secrets’ is well received.

To find out more about Margaret and her writing you can visit her blog https://margaretlynettesharp.wordpress.com/ which contains book information, book reviews and some stunning photos taken by Margaret around Sydney.

You can also find Margaret on Twitter @MargaretLynett1 and Facebook

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