Daytime Book Group
Our next meeting will be on
Thursday, April 27th, at 11:30 a.m.
by the North Fireplace
Copies of Secrets from the Past by Barbara Taylor Bradford will be available at the Circulation Desk prior to the meeting date. For more information about this group, contact Susan Herrick at the Reference Desk; 231-928-0257.
Bradford (Letter from a Stranger, 2012) sets her latest novel during 2011’s Arab Spring. Serena Stone has given up her career as a war photographer and is at work on a memoir about her late father, also a famous war photographer. She reunites with her former lover Zac, another photojournalist, when he agrees to leave the front lines. But the tug of their profession proves too much, and the pair winds up covering the revolution in Libya. Serena’s sisters and their romantic intrigues waft in and out of the story, and much attention is given to the girls’ deceased mother, a famous movie star depicted as a cross between Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly. Rather late in the game, Serena discovers a set of photos in her father’s files that calls her parentage into question. There is enough juicy material here for three separate novels, and in attempting to weave these strands together, Bradford leaves several characters underdeveloped and relies heavily on expositional dialogue, which gets a bit clunky. Still, her fans will be undaunted. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Big, splashy print ads; author appearances; a social-media campaign; and other publicity efforts will alert Bradford’s fan base. --Patty Wetli --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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