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This Secret We're Keeping A pupil and a teacher Is it ever right to break the rules Jessica Hart has never forgotten Matthew Landley After all he was her first love when she was fifteen years old But he was also her school maths teacher and their forbidden affair ended in scandal with his arrest and imprisonment Now seventeen years later Matthew returns to Norfolk with a new identity and a long term girlfriend and a young daughter who know nothing of what happened before Yet when he runs into Jessica neither of them can ignore the emotional ties that bind them together With so many secrets to keep hidden how long can Jessica and Matthew avoid the dark mistakes of their past imploding in the present From debut author Rebecca Done This Secret We're Keeping is a powerful and provocative novel about the ties which can keep us together or tear us apart I liked it Unfortunately I thought it would have a better ending I'm not saying in anyway that it wasn't a good ending because it most certainly was I just wasn't expecting that ending to happen I had envisioned a completely different happier one I also knew what the other secret that was in the book before it was even mentioned I mean come on it wasn't that difficult Of course Rebecca had to put that as a plot twist or at least a side one if anything in to the story that didn't surprise me in the least still the other revealed about the person who called the police on them in the first place I was most definitely not expecting I thought it was only the one person it never even occurred to me that it was someone else Overall It was a great book and I enjoyed it I look forward to reading of her books in the future D This review can also be found on my blog Dana and the BooksThis Secret We're Keeping is a studentteacher romance done rightThe story is told with two narratives Matthew's POV in 1993 the teacher and then Jess's story the student in the present time  We get to see how the relationship came to be the scandal surrounding out and the emotional turmoil when they meet once again seventeen years laterIt's definitely a character driven story and thankfully the characters were wonderfully fleshed out even Jess's dog felt real  With superb characterization the POV shift flowed smoothly from chapter to chapter and I never once felt disjointed within the narrativeStudentteacher relationship novels are often side eyed but Rebecca Done did it wonderfully  She took a taboo topic that could have been so sleazy if in the hands of a lesser author and made it into a fantastic story  She didn't romanticize anything; it was wrong it was illegalAt nearly 500 pages I felt it was just teensy bit long for what the story needed—a good 25 to 50 pages could have been cut and the story would be as goodHowever my little nit pick should not put you off whatsoever this is a fantastic contemporary read and definitely worthy of a few hours of your timeThis Secret We're Keeping is Rebecca Done's debut novel and I am so excited to see what her next book will bringThanks to Michael Joseph Penguin UK for providing me with a copy from NetGalley CA  Indigo  Book Depository The Secret We’re Keeping is an emotional and heart breaking tale of forbidden love This book is about a relationship that develops between a teacher and one of his fifteen year old pupils Before reading it I was a little cautious about it There are so many potential things that could have made me dislike this book but almost instantly I fell in love with this story I loved the style it was written in the way it moved back and forth between the 1990s and present day filling the reader in on what happened back then and how that impacted on the two main characters over the years Which leads me onto those characters What great characters very likeable and well developed It was impossible not to get emotionally involved in their lives both past and presentI couldn’t put this book down didn’t want it to end and oh my goodness my heart and mind still haven’t uite worked out what to do with the ending Such an emotional roller coaster that even brought tears to my eyes on than one occasionIf you enjoy character driven novels about controversial romance with some suspense and a lot of emotion then this is probably the book for youI would like to thank the publisher Penguin UK Michael Joseph for allowing me a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This is an emotional roller coaster of a story which I adored It is a character driven novel and the author has created two superb and realistic characters and developed them well The relationship between the two of them is seen through the lens of two time periods The two of them have an intense deep and emotionally involving affair Matthew as a teacher goes to prison for having a relationship with 15 year old Jess 17 years later Matthew has a new identity Will when the two of them meet again They are drawn to each other again despite their fraught history The author is adept at handling feelings and emotions with real skill A book which I very much got absorbed in and carried along with the intricacies in the relationship between the two main characters Many thanks to Michael Joseph the publishers for a copy of the book via the goodreads giveaways

  • Paperback
  • 467 pages
  • This Secret We're Keeping
  • Rebecca Done
  • English
  • 08 February 2016
  • 9781405923941

About the Author: Rebecca Done

Rebecca Done lives in Norwich After studying Creative Writing at the Norwich School of Art & Design she worked for several years as a magazine editor Currently a copywriter Rebecca is also a keen runner fair weather surfer and one time marathon canoeist This Secret We're Keeping is her first novel


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