Today I am sharing my review for The Secret Letters by Taryn Leigh. This was released on the 9th of August published bu Kingsley Publishers.
The Secret Letters by Taryn Leigh
Release Date: 9th of August 2020
Print Length: 241 pages
Genre: Romance Suspense
Publisher: Kingsley Publishers
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CAN SECRETS REMAIN HIDDEN FOREVER?
RACHEL, saved from an attack twelve years before by a faceless stranger, never got to thank him, never knew his name.
Despite the devastation she chose to rise above it to help others from their pain by becoming a psychologist….
Her only issue now is that she’s an expert at fixing everyone else’s problems, and blind to her own.
After a long relationship with her boyfriend WILL starts to go south, she turns to her best friend AMELIA for guidance.
Suddenly her world is turned upside down when tragedy strikes and she’s left with no one to comfort her but Will’s rude older brother RUARI.
Paralyzed by fear, she struggles to take grip of her life, until the day when anonymous letters begin to appear from the stranger who saved her twelve years before.
I am not a huge romance reader and this is the first one I have read this year, but I was really intrigued by the blurb and so taken with the stunning cover, that I could not decline when Taryn made contact to see if I would like to read this story.
The more I got deeper into the story, I found it to be more darker than your traditional romance with its hard hitting themes of rape, violence and abuse, which may be a trigger for some readers. It also showcases themes of friendship, overcoming fears and taking back ones power which did balance this out.
The story follows Rachel, who after a childhood trauma, chose to become a psychologist to help those overcome the same pain that she has also experienced. But in fixing other people’s problems, she has neglected herself and has become oblivious to her own struggles. When tragedy strikes her again, she starts to spiral that is until she starts to receive anonymous letters from the stranger that saved her twelve years before.
I loved Rachel’s character and I connected with her right off the bat. I could feel her pain and she really got under my skin. Mr Lemon was also a beautiful and heartwarming character and I absolutely adored him.
The setting in South Africa could not have been more perfect and really was a stunning backdrop for the story. Through Taryn’s very vivid writing, she made me also feel like I was there in the story by Rachel’s side as it all unfolded.
The Secret Letters is a very captivating read that I could not get enough of and read in one sitting. It completely took me over which is such a credit to Taryn’s amazing storytelling. You have a new fan in me Taryn and I will be eagerly awaiting to read what you come up with next.
Thank you so much Taryn for reaching out and bringing into my life such a beautiful story which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
A Letter From Taryn
The idea for this story, came about one afternoon, when Alshandra Visagie visited our home and shared her harrowing account of being attacked in her home by a stranger.
The way she told that story shook me to the core. Having known of her story my entire life, it was completely different sitting in the room and having a first-hand account of it. Her bravery and courage together with her story of survival was hair raising to say the least, but completely inspirational.
I knew then, that I needed to somehow share her story with the world.
Being a fiction author, I contemplated for months how to tell that story. Whether to tell it like she had, or whether to completely fictionalise it.
Eventually, I came to the realisation that I would use this book as an avenue to present the topic of a woman overcoming this horrendous attack, through a work of fiction, and then have her share it with my readers in her own words in live chats.
So if you have read this book, look out for those chats on social media, and if you are wondering which part is applicable to her story, it’s found in my own fictitious account in Chapter Fifteen.
Lets Get to Know Taryn
Taryn Leigh is a South African Author, who spent her childhood with her nose buried in books. Her love for reading transpired into her ambition to become an Author.
Taryn Leigh’s first book, Perfect Imperfections, is available in Paperback, eBook and AudioBook. She lives in Pretoria with her husband and son.
Connect with her on social media, she loves to hear from her fans, and is known to always respond.
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