Tuesday, November 17, 2009

review and tour: the secret of joy by melissa senate

As the only child two loving parents, Rebecca had a pretty great life. Her life got a little off track in college when her mom was killed in a car accident, but eventually Rebecca changed schools and majors, finished her degree, completed a paralegal certificate, and got a job at a law firm where she met the man who's now her boyfriend. She wasn't entirely thrilled with her job or really even certain of the relationship, but was content to let things be. Then her father dropped a bombshell of a deathbed confession. Turns out she has a younger half-sister, Joy. When her father dies shortly after that revelation, Rebecca feels compelled to find the only family she has left despite her boyfriend's pleas for her to leave the situation alone.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Secret of Joy (as I have the other books I've read by Melissa Senate), which has great pacing and character development. Even minor characters like the owner of Mama’s in Wiscasset were just right. It was easy to understand why Rebecca had allowed her life to go along as it had for so long and why her father's death would propel her toward a different life. The same goes for Joy, who has relationship struggles and career uncertainty of her own. Most importantly, Rebecca and Joy's relationship was developed realistically and not rushed to force a happy ending.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Gallery.
Check out my interview with Melissa Senate as well as the other sites participating in the tour!
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