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Summary

It Started with a Secret: the scorching new novel of this summer, from the Sunday Times best-selling author.

The trouble with secrets is that you can't guess what the consequences will be....

Lainey has lost everything. Luckily one little fib (OK, quite a big fib) helps nail her dream job. Soon she's living in a stunning house by the sea, fending off obsessed fans for a retired - if far-from-retiring - actor and organising his charming but chaotic family. It's definitely worth the challenge of keeping her secret.

At least Lainey isn't looking for love. It's time for a break from all that. And yet...Seth, the actor's grandson, really is rather attractive. There's growing chemistry and a definite connection between them. But how would he react if he knew she hadn't been honest with him?

Lainey's not the only one with a secret, though. Seth has one of his own. And everything's about to start unravelling....

A beautiful Cornish setting, one chaotic family and a woman who's had enough of love. Or has she?

©2020 Jill Mansell (P)2020 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic reviews

"Like a little blast of sunshine - uplifting, heartwarming and supremely feelgood." (Sophie Kinsella)

"Gripping and incredibly comforting." (Marian Keyes)

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Fabulous!

Oh this book delivers everything! , you invest and love the characters, all with such different personalities and stories, but you really want to be part of the mad family. The story goes along very well, and there are some giggles along the way (Specially the guitar player!) Narration is fabulous - there is NO reason why you should not purchase this book!!

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fabulous as always xoxo

really good, interesting and lots of twists and also funny, heart warming and just lovely

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It started with a secret.

Absolutely love Jill's books , can't wait for the next. The only trouble is you know you arnt going to get anything done until it's finished.

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Lovely story with great characters

As always Jill has written a fabulous book, lovely story with great characters was sad when it ended

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Jill Mansell at her very best

lots of twists and turns keeps you guessing! brilliant funny and very enjoyable a must for her fans

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Wonderful

Perfect Jill Mansel.... Fabulous characters, beautifully read..... Thoroughly enjoyed every chapter. On to the next Jill Mansel now...

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Awful

Where do I start? The "performer" gabbles this thing out at 100 miles per hour, like she can't wait to get to the end, often sacrificing all expression. The story starts out promising, but soon disintegrates into the mush of meaningless, grey pulp. The characters, again start promisingly, but fade to 1-dimensional, cardboard cut-outs.

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Narration was pretty bad

The narrator at parts sounded like she was trying to win a time trial! Some parts better than others but took away from the enjoyment

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Loved it!

A feel good story narrated brilliantly, another super book from Jill Mansell which was easy and enjoyable.

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Good flow

Brilliant lockdown book. Good flowing story with unusual side stories. Easy listening nice voice almost like meditation. I knitted a mini Harry Potter while listening 😍

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Easy going story

Great for when you need a light hearted escape. I wasn’t keen on the narrator but you get used to it. The sweet story is worth it.