Thursday, June 27, 2024



Hey everyone! Today I have a review as part of the JustRead Tour for The Summer of Keeping Secrets by Jill Lynn! Please check out more about the book before we get into the review!

For fans of Denise Hunter and Susan Mallery, a captivating story about a single summer that could completely break a family apart—or bring them back together. Recently widowed Marin Henderson considers time with her two adult children a gift. And she’s intent on not prying into their lives while they’re all together, cleaning out her late parents’ Colorado home. But from the start, nothing goes as planned. Her free-spirited daughter, Slade, and her strait-laced son, Reed, both arrive ahead of schedule, and no one is explaining why. Marin knows they’re hiding issues in their personal lives. But she can only push so far because she, too, is keeping secrets. Setting aside family tensions, the three of them get to work purging the house. But when Slade discovers a decades-old newspaper clipping about a body found on the rocks below the house, questions arise. Marin insists the death was ruled an accident, but Slade’s curiosity is piqued. And when a roof leak compels Marin to call on an old friend and flame for help, it’s the catalyst for a wave of revelations. Between a daughter bent on distracting herself from her own career turmoil, a son desperate to hold on to his marriage and a mother forced to confront her choices from that long-ago summer, pieces of the past and present begin to unravel. And before the summer is over, they each must decide what to hold on to and what to let go…



Jill Lynn is a two-time ACFW Carol Award winning author of inspirational romance for Harlequin Love Inspired and has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. She pens rocky mountain beach reads set in Colorado, where she lives with her husband and two teenage children. An avid fan of thrift stores, summer and coffee, she loves to connect with readers through social media or her newsletter.



It took me a little while to get into the story for The Summer of Keeping Secrets, but it certainly has its merits. There are some great themes of seeking reconciliation and truth (and what happens if we do and don't), struggles that can make or break relationships depending on our responses, and more. While there were some times when I wished the characters would just come clean already (if you enjoy the miscommunication trope, this one is an excellent pick), the storyline moved forward well and the characters were relatable and easy to empathize with for the most part. The plot twist at the very end was worth it, and the ending leaves the door open for readers to decide what happens amongst the three main characters and their respective struggles. Overall, a good read for Love Inspired fans! 

*I read an early edition in order to share my thoughts. Opinions are my own!*


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