Her Family Secret: An absolutely unputdownable emotional women’s fiction novel

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What if the father you never knew, left behind a heartbreaking secret?


June Westwood is devastated by the news the father she never met has died. Now the truth about why Jasper abandoned her as a child will be buried forever. Escaping to the secluded beach house she’s inherited, June hopes to spend time bonding with her two little daughters, away from her hectic job and failing marriage.


On the wild shores of the Pacific Northwest, her father’s hideaway leaves June breathless. But it’s his oil paintings decorating every wall that surprise her most. How could someone paint other people so beautifully, but reject those closest to him? And why is every drawer in her father’s workshop locked? June hopes her new neighbor—her father’s apprentice Caleb—will provide the answers. But Caleb won’t talk about the past.


Then, hidden in her father’s workshop, June discovers a box of newspaper clippings that reveal the shocking reason why her father left years ago—and uncovers Caleb’s own devastating secret…


When her old life comes calling, June has an impossible decision to make. Unsure what’s best for her girls, and if she can trust Caleb, will digging deeper into her father’s dark past heal or destroy her precious family?


An absolutely heartbreaking and emotional page-turner about the incredible strength of family bonds, how we can hurt those closest to us, and the healing power of love. Fans of Diane Chamberlain, Kerry Lonsdale and Kerry Fisher will devour this powerful read from award-winning author Melissa Wiesner.


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Ratings and reviews

2 reviews
Christina Consolino
May 17, 2021
Some first lines resonate with you more than most. In Her Family Secret, Melissa Wiesner writes, “When the phone rang at 10:45 that morning, Juniper Westwood knew before she answered that the call was going to ruin her day.” I’ve experienced times like that, and I would imagine other folks have too. But that first line, while descriptive and foreboding, doesn’t even touch the surface of what really happens. That phone call certainly ruins June’s day, but it also completely upends her life—an idea that lends itself well to great women’s fiction like this. Shortly after that phone call, Wiesner immerses the reader in the lush setting of Wishing Cove, Washington, where June’s father used to live and the place she escapes to with her two young daughters. And Wishing Cove certainly is a place for escape: while there, June and her daughters thrive, and June finds the time to think about what her life and what she wants out of it going forward. Painting, colors, brushstrokes, and more permeate this story, and I was drawn to the emotion of the book and the paintings described within. Wiesner touches on so many themes in her novel—love, betrayal, mental illness, suicide, family, and motherhood among them—and deftly depicts a realistic portrait of a woman who wants more, of a woman who realizes she deserves more. Well done! I can’t wait to read more from Wiesner.
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