During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future.
Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. In a bucolic English summer at the end of the 1960s, a young girl witnesses a shocking crime. 1961: On a sweltering summer's day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy called Billy, a move to London, and the bright future she can't wait to seize.
Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland and lives now with her husband and young sons in Brisbane.
Kate Morton was born in South Australia and, as a child, moved with her family many times before they settled, finally, on Tamborine Mountain in south-east Queensland. Having read Sandra Byrd’s first book, To Die For (my review), in the Ladies in Waiting series and loved it, I knew that I had to read The Secret Keeper, the second in the series which just released on June 5 as well. Juliana forms a close relationship with Kate and views her as the mother she never had as her relationship with her own mother is not close whatsoever. I read The Secret Keeper by Sandra Byrd for her book tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours.  Be sure to check out all the other tour stops and you can find Sandra on her website as well as Facebook and Twitter!  Your own copy of The Secret Keeper can be purchased here in the US or here in Canada.
Be sure to pop back in tomorrow as Sandra joins us with a guest post and giveaway of The Secret Keeper!
She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring.
Poke around on BNOL for inappropriate slices of life, laughter, family, food, books, and lots lots more. Fifty years later, she sets out to find out the truth, uncovering layers of mystery and deception. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specializing in nineteenth-century tragedy and contemporary gothic novels.With just three novels published, Kate Morton has sold over 7 million copies in 26 languages, across 38 countries.
There she attended a tiny country school and spent much of her childhood inventing and playing games of make-believe with her two sisters.Kate fell avidly in love with books very early. Laurel Nicolson is sixteen years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. This newest offer from Sandra Byrd is sure to please her fans along with any new ones looking for a good historical read. In turn Kate also trusts Juliana with things she doesn’t trust her other ladies with. I get a fictional tale of Juliana who is a great character and captured my interest with her loyalty and just how good a person she was but I also get to learn more about a favorite period in history.

Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.
She has reclaimed her storytelling from the adjectives that bogged her down in The Distant Hours, and instead seems to find her storytelling groove. Also, the character of Vivien’s chaperone, while a good vehicle for part of the storyline, was slightly unsatisfying.
Moving from London during the Blitz to the present day, this is classic Kate Morton: a compulsively-readable, entrancing mystery with a long held secret to be uncovered at its heart. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history. The Shifting Fog, published internationally as The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden and The Distant Hours have all been number one bestsellers around the world.
She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him.
It is brimming full of court intrigue, betrayals, balls, scandal, and love and brings the Tudor world alive in stunning detail! As her family has a relationship with Thomas Seymour Juliana is lucky enough to be asked to attend Kateryn Parr (Kate) who at the time is Lady Latimer. Juliana will and does do anything Kate asks of her and her loyalty to the queen never falters.
She meets one who catches her eye; an Irishman named Jamie but he seems quite popular with all the young women yet they seem to have an attraction to each other. Katerine Parr has always intrigued me and like you, I haven’t read too much about her yet.
So, it was with both excitement and trepidation that I opened her fourth novel, The Secret Keeper. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother. Really, the unravelling of the story was just so well-written, that I devoured it, almost felt an unreasonable need to get to the end and find out what happened. A tale of three strangers from vastly different worlds - Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy - who are brought together by chance in wartime London and whose lives become fiercely and fatefully entwined.Shifting between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present, The Secret Keeper is a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, theatre and thievery, murder and enduring love. It was a love deeply felt, for it is still mysteries and secrets that dance around the edges of Katea€™s mind, keeping her awake deep into the night, turning or typing pages.When she finished school, Kate studied and earned a Licentiate in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London.
And then she witnesses a crime.Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London.
However soon enough Lord Latimer passes and Kate is pursued by Henry VIII, who as we all know gets what he wants.

Another unusual thing about Juliana is she possesses the gift of prophecy – she sees things that will happen in the future.
However there are other less desirable men who have their eye on Juliana and one such man may take Juliana’s life and destroy it. The Secret Keeper is another winner for Sandra Byrd and just another reason I keep coming back for more. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy's ninetieth birthday and decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day. They marry despite Kate’s long time love for Thomas Seymour and Juliana goes along with Kate as one of her ladies-in-waiting. She is always deeply disturbed by these visions but she also pays close attention to them and what they might mean for the future.
As life at court continues Juliana returns home for a time but eventually is drawn back to court and to the queen by another vision. Kate Morton writes much the same way, but for some reason, makes every story worth reading, notwithstanding the sameness of the path. It was words and stories.Kate began writing in earnest and completed two full-length manuscripts (which lie deep and determinedly within a bottom drawer) before settling finally into the story that would become The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog).
One photograph, of her mother and a woman Laurel has never met, called Vivian, is her first clue.The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths some people go to fulfill them, and the strange consequences they sometimes have. There is something to be said for the warmth of familiarity, and the knowledge that the bazinga at the end is going to knock your socks off, even if you  totally knew it was coming. Meanwhile, Kate graduated from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours in English Literature and took up a scholarship to complete a Masters degree focusing on tragedy in Victorian literature.The House at Riverton was a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK in 2007 and a New York Times bestseller in 2008.
It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers and schemers, play-acting and deception told against a backdrop of events that changed the world.
The Shifting Fog won General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), and The House at Riverton was nominated for Most Popular Book at the British Book Awards in 2008.Her second book, The Forgotten Garden, was a #1 bestseller in Australia and Spain, and a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK in 2008.
It won General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2009 Australian Book Industry Awards and was an Amazon Best of the Month pick and a New York Times bestseller in 2009.The Distant Hours was an international bestseller in 2010 and won General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2011 ABIAs.The Secret Keeper was a New York Times bestseller and has won a number of other awards and accolades including the 2013?
ABIA for General Fiction Book of the Year and The Courier-Maila€™s Peoplea€™s Choice Queensland Book of the Year.The Lake House, published in 2015, was a New York Times bestseller and a #1 bestseller in Canada and Australia.
It will be published around the world in 2016.Katea€™s books are published in 39 countries and in 32 languages.
She currently lives in London with her family and continues to write the sorts of books she can disappear inside.

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