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Kerry O’Brien has a secret so terrible it burns inside her. All she wants is to be part of a normal family, but with a stepfather like Bill, that is impossible.
Set in the 1970s when secrets like this were only ever whispered about, Kerry somehow keeps her humour by pretending everything is fine. Then she meets biker Tommy, and he has his own secret; one that impacts on her.
Kerry’s secret becomes harder to keep and the tell-tell signs harder to hide. Can she keep it together? Can Tommy and Kerry get it together?
Then the worst happens and Kerry’s secret is a secret no more.
I sighed, pulled away from him, and started walking again. “I’m more angry at something Mum said.”
“Why what did she say?”
“Oh, just something about Bill.”
“Oh nothing. It doesn’t matter now.” It did matter. It mattered a lot.
We stopped again and were facing each other. I dropped my head on his shoulder and he played with my hair. “I’m sorry, Kerry,” he said again. “I said I would look after you and I didn’t.”
“It’s not your fault. You weren’t to know,” I said reluctantly.
He made me look at him. “I should have known. I’ll sort this and I’ll never let anyone hurt you again.”
I wanted to cry because he didn’t know what he was saying. He’d never dream what I needed protecting from. He had a lovely family and they would never understand something like that. In fact, I didn’t understand either.
We started walking, a little more sedately this time, my hand in his.
“Tell me about Diane,” I said after a moment. He didn’t answer right away, I saw his jaw set and he rubbed his forehead.
“She’s just an ex. She didn’t want to finish it, I did and that’s it.”
I stopped and looked at him. “I think I deserve a better explanation than that. What aren’t you telling me?”
“Don’t give me a hard time about this, Kerry.”
I dropped his hand. “I’m not. You’re just being secretive, that all.” It was a bad choice of words.
“That’s good coming from you.”
“I don’t know what you mean.” We turned into Lover’s Lane and Parky had been busy planting primroses, stocks and pansies.
“Today is the first time I’ve met your mum and sister. You’ve seen mine several times and been to my house. I don’t even need to mention Bill.”
I stopped walking. This was going to be our first row because I wasn’t ready for that conversation yet. I wasn’t going to be pushed into it, either.
What the readers are saying:
The story is gripping and interesting, the romance warm and simmering. I absolutely loved the ending, which gives the story an almost fairy tale-like feeling. All in all, it was a very enjoyable two hour read, and I whole heartedly recommend it to fans of the genre.
I really enjoyed this book and I was automatically drawn into the characters world, from the very first page. Tommy treats Kerry like a queen and it's so refreshing to read a story where the man respects and truly loves the girl.
The way this author wrote about one family's life in 1970 Manchester was authentic and enjoyable. I enjoyed being lost in nostalgia for a short time and wallowing in the memories of that era's music and singers. The well-developed characters seemed realistic and the places were vividly described.
Author Bio :
Karen J Mossman lives in Anglesey in Wales with her husband. She had written 4 books, three themed short story collections, The Missing, Behind The Music, Heroes and Joanna's Journey, a novel set in the 1980s.