Archive | February 9, 2016

The Secrets of Happiness – Lucy Diamond.

Lucy Diamond


Back 0f the Book : 

Rachel and Becca aren’t real sisters or so they say. They are stepsisters, living apart. with nothing in common. Rachel is the successful one : happily married with three children and a big house, plus an impressive career.

Artistic Becca, meanwhile, lurches from one dead-end job to another, shares a titchy flat and has given up on love.

The two of them have lost touch, but when Rachel doesn’t come home one night, Becca is called in to help. Once there, she quickly realises that her stepsister’s life isn’t so perfect after all : Rachel’s handsome husband has moved out, her children are rebelling, and her glamorous career has taken a nosedive. Worst of all, nobody seems to have a clue where she might be.

As Becca begins to untangle Rachel’s secrets, she is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about her own life.


What I think : 

Rachel and Becca are Sisters, well, they’re actually ‘step’ sisters. Becca’s mum married Rachel’s dad when the girls were young, Becca was tiny and Rachel was about nine. Rachel never really seemed to like Becca very much, she was a bit jealous about Becca ‘taking’ her dad. So they never really got on very well. They haven’t seen each other for over a year since their dad died.

Rachel has the big house, the three lovely kids and the very handsome hubby and all Becca has is a part time job in the local pub and a flat over the bookies and she can’t even remember when she last when out on a date.

One night just as Becca was going to work in the pub, chopping up veg, she gets a phone call from one of Rachel’s neighbours, telling her that Rachel seems to have disappeared. She dropped her kids off to school got on a train and hasn’t been seen again. So Becca has to ring in sick, and in the event actually loses her job, however she then drives over to Rachel’s house to look after her sisters kids. when she gets there she discovers that Rachel’s life isn’t what it seems, her husband has left her and her top job is no more. Nothing is what it seems.

As Becca gets into the swing of her sister’s family life, she discovers a few things about herself, But Just what has happened to Rachel and where was she going when she got on the train ?

A fabulous book with a fabulous cast of characters. About family relationships and how its never too late to make things work. Becca is just like the girl next door and Rachel is a really strong character too. They both seem to be looking for something but never quite finding it.

This is only the second of Lucy’s books that I’ve read, however I think i’ll be going out and buying the rest pretty soon. Her books are really lovely, very down earth and unputdownable.

I give this book 9/10.

Published by Pan Macmillan on 28/01/16.

I purchased my copy from Tesco £8.00.