"The Truth Doesn't Always Set You Free"
Reviewed by Susan Dyer
Posted August 17, 2014
Contemporary Women's Fiction
I just finished CARLY'S SECRET literally five minutes ago
and I'm still
trying to get past the lump in my throat and the tears
flowing so freely. I
have never read any of Georgia Bockoven's books before, but
I can tell you
that this won't be the last one!
Carly, Ethan, and David have known each other ever since
young children. They were best friends and as they grew up,
Carly fell in love. However, Ethan was also in love with
Carly. Fast forward
16 years. Carly is married to Ethan and neither have been in
David for many years. Carly and Ethan are not so happily
raising three children.
When David's father dies, David returns to town for the
first time in sixteen
years, and is determined to talk to Carly to gain some
closure. Ethan is
very insecure in his marriage and does not want David
his family. And Carly has a very big secret she has been
keeping all these
years. The story of David and Carly ripped my heart to
shreds and I could
really feel their pain as they tried to figure out how to
deal with what Andrea
was going through.
Bockoven has done a wonderful job creating a story that is
filled with the
common love of family, but filled with surprises that the
reader doesn't see
coming until the end. The ending is sad. You root for
another ending but
you aren't going to get it. I can't even imagine going
through what Carly
does because it happens over the course of a few years but
it feels far
faster than that. But in the end, even with all of the lies
and the other
people it hurt in the process- Carly did right by Andrea in
CARLY'S GIFT is the perfect title for this heartbreaking
story. You will fall in
love with the characters in the first chapter and will still
be thinking about
them days after you are finished reading CARLY'S GIFT.
From the author of Things Remembered and The
Year Everything Changed comes a moving novel about love
that lasts forever
What's in the past is over and
done with . . . or is it?
Sixteen years ago
Carly Hargrove made a decision that would irrevocably alter
her life. With little comprehension of the life-long
consequences of her actions, she trades her own future
happiness to protect the man she's loved since kindergarten,
With an ocean separating them, Carly
builds a life for herself without David. She's the mother of
three, lives in a beautiful house, and is married to a man
who comes home every night—even if most of those nights he
drinks too much. What more could she want?
arrives on a cold fall day when David shows up at her door.
In town for his father's funeral, he has come to see Carly
one last time, hoping to rid himself of the anger that still
Instead, he is drawn into a web of
secrets that rekindles the fierce need he once felt to
protect Carly. He becomes caught up in her life in a way he
never could have imagined—a way that will bind him to her
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