09 December 2016

Tour & Giveaway: The Secret He Keeps by Julieann Dove

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The Secret He Keeps by Julieann Dove.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: December 8th 2016.
Dr. Rachel Miller has no recollection of what happened that night she climbed in the car with her husband and he drove recklessly into a tree. She has no clue as to why she survived and he didn’t. Nor does she understand why strangers are coming up to her on the street and telling her things she can’t recall about a life that seems so long ago. But Dane Stone knows.

Dane Stone is Rachel’s business partner...and her deceased husband’s best friend. He knows about the notes, the hotel receipt, and the reason she got in the car that night. It’s for her protection that he keeps the secret, but inside he’s dying to tell her.

Reviewed by Kelly.

By the time I read a new book that I get, I forget what the synopsis was. So, I just start reading. This story is about a girl, Rachel, who has lost her memory of the last year of her married life with her now deceased husband, Scott. At the beginning of the book almost a year has passed since he died in a car accident with Rachel in the car as well.

During this time after wards, Rachel is a hermit. She is depressed and doesn’t really leave her home. When she crosses path with an electrician fixing the power to her home, she thinks maybe she is ready to move on. She does get out more but decides she isn’t ready to date yet.

That’s when Dane her partner at her medical practice steps in. As he tries to get her to come back to work, she becomes nervous. She feels safe with him but also feels guilty because of her feelings for Dane feel like betrayal yet also safe.

Rachel starts learning bits and pieces of her last year of marriage and of the man Scott was becoming. She was trying to figure out what happened to him and why he was changing.

The mystery of Scott wasn’t fully resolved until the very end. Rachel had a hard time coming to terms with it because all she could remember were the good times with him. I liked that it was a mystery and where you had clues you aren’t 100% sure because the author would tell you something else to try to get you to be unsure yourself.

The point of view changes between, the electrician, Rachel and Dane. The book goes back and forth in time to give you the full picture by the end of the book. Sometimes, I found it hard to know whose POV’s I was reading and whether it was present or past since it wasn’t really separated in the chapter for me. It could have been due to the fact it was an arc?

The thing that bothered me the most was that it ended very abruptly. Ok, I just learned what happened and I am okay with it all- the end!! Nope, I don’t like that type of ending.

Overall, the story was cute, my husband has loss of memory from an accident and I could relate to that aspect very well.

Dane is a good man, even though there were some things I didn’t like that he did. I love holidays with family and this was during thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years and I love all the family drama and still everyone loves everyone. It was a little sad the history that Rachel has lived with all her life. I felt for her.

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Julieann Dove lives in Virginia, yet longs to live everywhere else. It doesn’t come as a surprise that along with her gypsy soul, comes an active imagination. That’s why she loves to write and invent worlds and people, so that she can formulate their happily ever after. Hobbies include cooking new recipes, sewing, and spending time with her cute boyfriend/husband and five fabulous children. Vacations happen in Nantucket or the Carolina beaches—anywhere there is inspiration for her next book. One day she hopes to travel to Italy, drive one of those little cars around the countryside, and speak the language fluently!

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  1. Thank you for the excerpt & giveaway.

  2. The secret he keeps sounds great. Thank you

  3. Thank you for reviewing my book, Kelly! I'm so sorry the ending did not set well with you. I can appreciate feeling like something ended too suddenly. I will work on my 'hit and run' technique. LOL. Overall, I'm happy there were things you did enjoy. :) Rachel was a unique character to write about.