Genre: Women’s Fiction / Romance Publisher: Graydon House (Harlequin)
Date of Publication: August 4, 2020
Number of Pages: 352Scroll down for the giveaway!
True love never fades—and old secrets never die . . .
Nora hasn’t looked back. Not since she fled Texas to start a new life. Away from her father’s volatile temper and the ever-watchful gaze of her claustrophobically conservative small town, Nora has freed herself. She can live—and love—however she wants. The only problem is that she also left behind the one woman she can’t forget. Now tragedy calls her back home to confront her past—and reconcile her future.
Sophie seems to have everything—a wonderful daughter, a successful husband, and a rewarding career. Yet underneath that perfection lies an explosive secret. She still yearns for Nora—her best friend and first love—despite all the years between them. Keeping her true self hidden hasn’t been easy, but it’s been necessary. So when Sophie finds out that Nora has returned, she hopes Nora’s stay is short. The life she has built depends on it.
But they both find that first love doesn’t fade easily. Memories come to light, passion ignites, and old feelings resurface. As the forces of family and intolerance that once tore them apart begin to reemerge, they realize some things may never change—unless they demand it.
PRAISE FOR THE SECRET OF YOU AND ME:“A compelling story of second chances and being true to yourself.”
—Harper Bliss, bestselling author of Seasons of Love
“Lenhardt convinces in her portrayal of the conflict between desire and control.” —Publishers Weekly
I love audio books—love them. When done well, it adds a whole new dimension to the story. When my publisher sent me the audio file for Sawbones, the first in my historical-fiction series, I opened it with trepidation. I hadn’t been crazy about one of my previous audio books; in fact, one character’s voice ruined the whole thing for me. The moment I heard Suehyla Al-Attar speak as Laura, I heaved a massive sigh of relief, and then I started grinning. As I kept listening, I might have cried at one point. Suehyla was Laura.
I was lucky with Sawbones that my publisher sent me samples of three voice actors, and I was able to choose which one I liked best. That doesn’t always happen. Sometimes the publisher selects for you. When Harper Audio sent me six voice actors to choose from for Secret—three for Nora, three for Sophie—I was thrilled it was going to be dual narration. Natalie Duke and Courtney Patterson, as Nora and Sophie, respectively, are perfect!
You’re only going to hear Natalie Duke in this sample, but trust me when I say, Courtney Patterson is brilliant as Sophie. This audio book is going to slap, as my eighteen-year-old son would say.
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Melissa Lenhardt is a women’s fiction, mystery, and historical fiction author. Her debut mystery, Stillwater, was a finalist for the 2014 Whidbey Writers’ MFA Alumni Emerging Writers Contest, and Sawbones, her historical-fiction debut, was hailed as a “thoroughly original, smart and satisfying hybrid, perhaps a new sub-genre: the feminist Western” by Lone Star Literary Life. The New York Times called her sixth novel, Heresy, “An all-out women-driven, queer, transgender, multiracial takeover of the Old West.” The Secret of You and Me, her seventh novel and her first contemporary women’s fiction novel, was published on August 4, 2020.
When Melissa isn’t writing, she’s thinking, “I really should be writing,” and eating Nutella or peanut butter straight out of the jar. A lifelong Texan, she lives in the Dallas area with her husband, two sons, and two Golden Retrievers.