Book Review: The Secret Legacy by Sara Alexander.

This book has done it's rounds in our Mother/Daughter book club recently, finishing with me, unless Luc can squeeze it onto her TBR pile. It was quite an emotional read for various reasons and was very compelling. I couldn't quite stop reading and I read it in two days!

The Blurb.

Some loves are worth sacrificing everything for . . .

Santina is spending her final days at her home, Villa San Vito, in the beautiful Italian town of Positano. As she decides the fate of the magnificent eighteenth century palazzo she must confront the choices that led her here.

In 1949, hoping to escape poverty, young Santina becomes housekeeper to a distinguished British major and his creative, impulsive wife, Adeline.

When they move to Positano, Santina joins them, raising their daughter as Adeline’s mental health declines. With each passing year, Santina becomes more deeply entwined with the family, trying to navigate her complicated feelings for a man who is much more than an employer – while hiding secrets that could shatter the only home she knows . . .

My Review.

I'm not going to lie, I occasionally read sagas that Mum gives me and enjoy them, but I usually opt for more uplifting happy stories. Reason being is books like 'The Secret Legacy' make me think loads and I cannot put them down and I cannot stop dissecting the story once I've read it. Even now a few days after I've read it, it still feels a part of me. I guess that's still a good thing really isn't it? It's nice to change it up a bit and read different things every now and again that really stick with you. 

While this story had moments of frustration for me when I just wanted everything to be romantic and happy for all the people involved, it didn't disappoint me, it just made me carry on reading. Despite the ups and downs, I found myself very attached to the characters and the lives they were leading. I felt like I was in Italy, I felt like I knew the people personally, I could taste the food, walk around each room of the villa and honestly felt like I'd been to Positano and back when I'd finished reading it. The descriptions were excellent and really created that sense of being right there with the characters. 

It was incredibly emotional, from the way I just wanted the best for Santina, how my heart broke for the Major and how I felt for Adeline who was so lovely, but struggling. There was a lot going on, but I could connect to it. It also touched me, as my Grandad grew up in the mountains near the Path of the Gods, so to hear the way mountain people were treated was quite upsetting at times. It somehow made me feel closer to Grandad though and that made me feel happy. I miss him so very much. 

If you're looking for a gripping read that will have you glued to it's pages and transport you deep into the mountains of Positano then pick up a copy of 'The Secret Legacy' today!

Happy Reading!

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