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Book Review: The Story of Our Secrets

By: Shari Low

Shauna O’Flynn is still grieving the loss of her husband Colm five years after he lost his battle with cancer. She keeps her head up every day for the sake of their daughter Beth, but Shauna still misses Colm terribly and has been unable to pick up the pieces and move on. Colm’s lifelong best friend, Dan, is reeling from the sudden breakup of his 20 year marriage to Lulu and Lulu’s whirlwind marriage to another man. Colm’s ex-wife, Jess is now one of Shauna’s best friends, and has just started a new career as a life coach. Jess decides that she will take on Shauna and Dan as her first life coach clients. As Jess prods them each week, Shauna and Dan begin to face their grief. Over time the relationships begin to crumble and break down between the friends until Shauna discovers video messages left behind by Colm that change everything.

Shari Low has crafted a wonderful story about loss, grief and the importance of friends and family through our life journey. This book made me laugh, cringe and cry in all the best possible ways. Lulu and Jess are the queens of witty comebacks, and I could only dream of being as quick witted as these two in real life. Shauna, Dan and Colm are kindhearted people with perfect imperfections. Reading this book, I felt as though I was part of this sweet friend circle and I was sad when the story came to a close. I highly recommend this heart-felt novel about love, loss and picking up the pieces.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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