Saturday, August 03, 2019
Bay of Secrets by Rosanna Ley ~ Book Review
In England in 2011, Ruby Rae is trying to get over the sudden death of her beloved parents. After months of avoiding it, she has finally found the courage to go and deal with their home. With the help of her friend, she starts to pack up her parent's belongings in order to sell the family home. But when she finds a box in her mom's closet, it's contents reveal a secret her parents kept that will change Ruby's life forever.
I found this book at a Little Library in town and it looked very interesting. It was described on the cover as "a must-have summer read" and a "gorgeous dream of a holiday read". So I grabbed it and I'm really glad I did. The story follows three women: Sister Julia, Ruby and Vivien (Ruby's Mom) and also a young artist named Andres. At first glance, it would seem that it would be way too many stories to follow and I admit it was a little bit hard to get into but once it hooked me I couldn't put it down. It is evident the author has done her research well into historical facts and built a lovely though heartbreaking story around them. Each timeline is an interesting story in itself and the author wove them together so well. Her descriptions of Spain, the Spanish Canary Islands and England are beautiful. The characters are so well written, I empathized with them all as they worked through their situations and all the emotions it involved. It's a story of love, courage, forgiveness and finding one's self. I found writing this review hard as this is one story where you cannot give too much away, even naming the historical event, would give spoilers. This book is why I love well written historical fiction. It taught me about a piece of history I knew absolutely nothing about going in and made it interesting enough that I had to look it up after I finished the story.
Small warning of some language by one of the characters in case you are sensitive to that.
I gave this book a 9/10