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eBook The Secret Keeper . Home; The Secret Keeper. The Secret But if everyone is keeping secrets, how will she know who to trust? Read more. From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Distant Hours, The Forgotten Garden, and The House at Riverton, a spellbinding new. 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.
In the end, the haughty Lady Seymour was reduced, herself, to begging on bended knee for the life of her husband. In the end, Juliana got the man she loved and her own child, though perhaps not the way she expected it to happen. A Conversation with Sandra Byrd In the opening of the novel, we learn that Juliana occasionally has prophetic dreams, and her mother suspects of her being a witch. Indeed, many meaningful dreams end up coming into play in the novel.
Why did you choose to use these as a medium? I had a few reasons, all of which fused in the novel.
I like keeping some traditional elements of a genre in the books I write, as long as I can do them a little differently. Much of this book is about women overcoming the roadblocks they faced, partly in the expression of their spirituality. Various women in the book have the gifts of teaching, of preaching, of giving, of prophecy, and one is called to martyrdom. I wanted to show women publicly exercising their spiritual gifts in an era which did not readily accept anything outside the norm—therefore, dangerous.
And then there is that document that historian Zahl says was dropped and then found, warning Parr that accusations which would threaten her life were coming. I believe that was no accident, but was providentially arranged.
The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr
My plot illustrates one way that could have happened. Do you think it is easier or more difficult to write from this perspective? How would you write differently if you were writing in the voice of Kateryn Parr? A friend sees our good moments, and our bad moments, and loves us anyway. Telling the story from the position of a friend gives access that, for example, telling it from the position of a servant would not allow.
Juliana was less protected, less studied in the ways of court, and less noticeable, with more freedom. It gives a different point of view than had it been from someone of great power. It was important to me to show the vulnerability of those at court. Is there a reason you chose this particular moment in the Reformation as your background? What kind of research did you do for this novel? What was it like to write a fictional account of this monumental moment in British history?
The English Reformation was transforming the nation during those years; religion played a major role in every sixteenth-century English reign and even those which closely followed thereafter. It is an angle which I felt was underexplored in historical fiction, but was a huge part of the everyday lives of Tudor-era women. I did a study of the rise of gentry during these years and also of the development of the Church of England. So much has been written, and will yet be written, about this amazing era; I simply hope that whatever books I contribute bring a new shading or nuance to the genre.
Juliana is raped by a man at court, John. Was this a difficult scene for you to write? I wanted to show the real dangers women faced, and face, because of the lack of access to power and protection.
Women then and now face significant emotional, physical, and social repercussions from rape.
Wrongly ascribed shame and the physical damage persist long after the attack. Women today are still shamed into silence, though, thankfully, there are now legal consequences and help available in many countries. Up to half of all women still suffer sexual trauma of some kind during their lives. I wanted to acknowledge that, while also encouraging them that they, too, can still have a happily ever after, and to remind them that God sees all and promises to repay.
Anne Askew is another woman to face a horrible fate. As she burns at the stake, her religious convictions remain strong.
Do you think that same level of conviction remains today? Or has it faded? What role does faith play in your life? What it will be though, is deeply rewarding in a way that an easy faith, or an easy life, is not. How you imagine the fate of Lady Mary Seymour is a lovely answer to the long-standing mystery. Did you think of the ending before you wrote the novel? I knew before I began the novel that I wanted Mary to live.
There is no record that Mary Seymour died, and even the hints are ambiguous. A Novel Format: Kobo ebook Published: October 16, Publisher: Atria Books Language: The following ISBNs are associated with this title: Look for similar items by category: Books Fiction and Literature Fiction Literary.
Customer Reviews of The Secret Keeper: A Novel. Select Parent Grandparent Teacher Kid at heart. Age of the child I gave this to: Hours of Play: Tell Us Where You Are: Preview Your Review. Thank you. Your review has been submitted and will appear here shortly. Kate Morton is the master of satisfying endings. I love Kate Morton so much that I ended up hating her for how well she crafted the I'll be honest, the first pages of the book were fair I'm talking 3. I can't properly describe the experience I had reading this book without giving away spoilers; but I went from thinking the novel was fair, to being absolutely blown away and astonished by Morton's ability to weave a tale and keep a few secrets herself.
This is definitely one of Morton's darker, intriguing mysteries, and I didn't even know I was reading 'that' type of mystery she says cryptically. I would recommend this to anyone who likes historical fiction or mysteries.
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I will leave you with an interesting thought clue? Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by Catt from Incredible Story The most incredible twist.
One of my favourite Kate Morton novels now Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by Linda57 from Loved it All I can say is that this book does not disappoint. It is a well written book readers will enjoy Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by MrsW from Great read! The book was amazing. I loved the storyline, which kept me guessing. I didn't see the end coming at all. Would have given it 5 stars but some parts of the story seemed pointless which took away from the main plot line. Rated 4 out of 5 by Erin from Kate Morton knows how to tell a story After hearing about Kate Morton raved about by Anne Bogel on her blog and the What Should I Read Next Podcast two of my favourite sources for book recommendations , I finally got around to picking this one up.
A couple of days after finishing it I'm still trying to gather my thoughts. And then I finished it and my mind was blown. It was different from anything I've ever read and I sat there replaying the book over through a different light.
It was a really good story and that ending bumped up what I thought was going to be about 3 stars to at least 4 stars. I don't even try to solve her mysteries any more, I just sit on the edge of my seat and absorb! Morton is exquisite in both character development and in keeping the reader engaged!
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kayla from Recommended Read I found it wayy too descriptive and long, however, I think this was because I listened to the audio book. The overall story was really good. I ended up going and getting the hard copy of the book so I could finish reading it quickly because i felt like I would never make it through the audio version!! It was worth it in the end: Rated 4 out of 5 by Lisa from Recommend I shall recommend this book , very good story.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Yvonne from Love Beautiful work of historical fiction. Rated 4 out of 5 by Dogma from Kept my Attention Good story with strong characters. An interesting mystery and I liked the history of "s London during the Blitz Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by Suzanne29 from Another winner!! I have all of Kate's books and love every single one of them.
Her wisdom and talent with historical and present day interweaving is unsurpassed by any other author for me. Rated 3 out of 5 by Anna from I liked it This was a good novel, I highly recommend it. Rated 4 out of 5 by Joobs from Thriller I own all of Kate Morton's books and this does not disappoint.
Keeps you guessing till the end.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Morton does it again A massive secret kept for decades from WWII to present day culminating in a pretty shocking ending. Kept me guessing the whole time. Rated 5 out of 5 by TannisO from Loved it! This was the first book I read by Kate Morton and I absolutely loved it and couldn't put the book down. I was completely surprised by the twist at the end that I went and explained the whole book to my husband just so that I could tell someone the surprise!
After that, I have bought all of her books which are all great as well!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by stephthebookaholic9 from My favourite book by one of my favourite authors I think that this is Kate Morton's best book so far. Although he writing style is similar in all of her books she never fails to keep me guessing until everything is reveled at the end.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Maggie from Charming, delightful and moving A great balance of strong, complex women, intoxicating historical background and a cache of human emotions around the destructive power of secrets. I really enjoyed this book. It kept me rapt to the very end. Morton painted such vivid and contrasting pictures of both war-torn London and rural Australia.
While the 'big reveal' at the end wasn't terribly surprising, how she conveyed her characters reactions to it spoke volumes of her understanding of people. A lovely read. Rated 5 out of 5 by Joey from Great historical fiction Fantastic historical fiction with many unexpected twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end.
Kate Morton's writing always captivates. Absolutely loved this book. Gripping till the end and could not predict the outcome whatsoever!
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ash16 from Such a pleasant surprise I read this book because I found it in my sisters room and I was bored and man am I happy I did! It was such an amazing read that just kept me captivated and surprised. She was able to weave a fascinating story and I can't wait to read more from this author. Rated 4 out of 5 by Natalie from My favourite author of all time!! For all of her books, I couldn't put them down. Every one of them are suspenseful and captivating.
A true gift to literature. The only thing negative I can say about this book, which is the only reason I am giving 4 stars instead of 5; is Kate Morton changed her writing style for this book. My only guess is an attempt to capture a younger audience. As always her story jumps from the past to the present and back again; but in this book during the present day only she uses "LOL" in her sentences.
Quite frankly, if I wanted to read a text message, I would look at my phone. The use of LOL in this book is distracting and completely out of context. In order to actually read the book, I eventually had to force myself to just skip the 'word' altogether it's not actually a word but I love her books Rated 5 out of 5 by Christine from A Captivating Read Immersed in the lives of characters past and present until the very end.
Wonderful twists and turns as you discover the truth behind the lives left behind. Rated 5 out of 5 by Dale Mattson from Perfect It's been a while since I've enjoyed a story as much as this, so very well thought out with surprises around every corner. Well worth every moment invested Thank you Kate Morton Date published: I loved her story. Twists and turns you don't expect. Was several stories in one.
A real page turner. I loved this book. Would recommend this if you like a great story.Rated 4 out of 5 by Joobs from Thriller I own all of Kate Morton's books and this does not disappoint.
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Really enjoyed this book. I think the first full story I ever wrote, as a teen, was about star-crossed lovers who were magnetically, tragically, melodramatically, attracted to one another, although they were from opposite poles, North and South.
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