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The Secret

A gripping novel of how far a mother would go for her child from the #1 author of The Letter

By Kathryn Hughes

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The Kindle bestselling author returns with her second novel, The Secret - a beautiful, tearjerking novel which will be cherished by all those thousands of readers who lost their hearts to The Letter.

'Riveting' Lesley Pearse on The Letter. 'Gripping' Good Housekeeping on The Secret.

From the #1 bestselling author of The Letter comes The Secret - a powerful, twisting novel that you won't be able to put down.

Mary has been nursing a secret.

Forty years ago, she made a choice that would change her world for ever, and alter the path of someone she holds dear.

Beth is searching for answers. She has never known the truth about her parentage, but finding out could be the lifeline her sick child so desperately needs. When Beth finds a faded newspaper cutting amongst her mother's things, she realises the key to her son's future lies in her own past. She must go back to where it all began to unlock...The Secret.

What readers are saying about the unputdownable stories of Kathryn Hughes:

'Get set to be hooked'

'A page-turner from the very beginning'

'This is one of the BEST BOOKS I have ever read'

'I cried buckets of tears reading it'

'A beautifully told, tragic tale'



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  • ISBN: 9781472229991
  • Publication date: 08 Sep 2016
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Headline Review
The Letter, Kathryn's debut novel, was an eBook bestseller. Her second, The Secret, is just as gripping — Good Housekeeping
An emotional and intriguing read... Keeps you guessing right to the end ***** — People's Friend
Have lots of tissues ready — My Weekly
Full of hidden secrets and tragic events... I really enjoyed this book — Rea's Book Reviews
A fantastic story. I absolutely loved this book! — Babs' Bookshelf
A gripping and emotional read...that will stay with me for a long time — By the Letter Book Reviews
A wonderful and uplifting story — Lesley Pearse on The Letter
One to tug at the heartstrings — Red on The Letter
Get set to be hooked — Look on The Letter
A moving story of love, loss and hope — Bella on The Letter
Beautifully written and incredibly poignant — The Last Word Book Reviews on The Letter
A truly gorgeous story — Shaz's Book Blog on The Letter
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