Book Review: The Art of Keeping Secrets by Rachael Johns PLUS a look at her next release

The Art of Keeping Secrets…

Book Description:

Little secrets grow up to be big lies…

They’ve been best friends since their sons started high school together, and Felicity, Emma and Neve share everything … or so they thought.

But Flick’s seemingly perfect marriage hides a shocking secret which, with one word, threatens to destroy her and her family’s happiness. Emma is in denial about a potential custody battle, her financial constraints, the exhaustion she can’t seem to shake off and the inappropriate feelings she has for her boss. And single mum Neve is harbouring a secret of her own; a secret that might forever damage her close-knit relationship with her son.

When the tight hold they have each kept on their secrets for years begins to slip, they must face the truth. Even if that truth has the power to hurt the ones they love, and each other.

Perhaps some secrets weren’t made to be kept.




My Thoughts:

I now have a new favourite Rachael Johns novel – The Art of Keeping Secrets. Simply fabulous, I enjoyed this story so much. Following the lives of three close friends, this novel is more than what you think it will be at the outset.

Rachael has created these three women who you can’t help but like and find some degree of affinity with. They are normal women, not glamorous make believe pipe dreams, but you and me and the lady across the road. And that’s why it works. They’re lovely, they’re flawed, they think mean things about annoying people, sometimes they eat too much and drink too much, but never will you think that anything they do is anything short of entirely normal. I loved all three of them.

However, this is not the only reason I want to share this novel with all of my friends. Because inside of this story, underneath the layers of what’s going on, are some pretty big issues that beg contemplation. I never give spoilers in a review, but suffice to say, Flick and her secret had me thinking very deeply about something I had never thought to ever consider.

The other thing I’d like to point out is how well Rachael explored the many ways women martyr themselves to their families, often to the detriment of our own health and well being. We are our own harshest critics, that’s for sure.

There are many laugh out loud moments throughout and I loved how much of a jerk Max came off as – very entertaining! The whole story flowed beautifully and I tried desperately to finish it all in the one night after a steady day of reading, but it was already midnight and I had to get up early for work the next day. Lucky lunch time rolled around rapidly and I managed to read the last thirty pages before the end of my break! My jubilation was short lived though when I realised that I had run out of pages too soon. I wasn’t ready to leave these women. I wanted more of them.

I have a feeling this novel will make for a favourite gift choice, for a long time to come. I already have several people in mind who will love it. It’s also an excellent selection for bookclubs – my own had a great time discussing it – as there is so much to disseminate. Well done Rachael Johns and thank you for writing such an awesome novel!




Given how much I loved The Art of Keeping Secrets, it is with great excitement that I am sharing with you the gorgeous cover and intriguing blurb for Rachael’s next release…

The Greatest Gift

The poignant, heart-warming story of a woman who wants nothing else than to be a mum, and one who never wanted to be a mother.

Mother: Female parent of a child
Mum: The woman who nurtures, raises and loves a child

Radio host Harper Drummond lives for her glamorous career. Every day she meets fascinating people doing extraordinary things, but has begun to wonder whether there’s something more for her out there. She’s financially secure, happily married and loves her job — what more could she want from life? An interview with a childless couple prompts Harper to think about whether she could make a contribution. She and her husband, Samuel, know they don’t want a child in their lives, but could she help someone else become a mother?

The childhood cancer that left Claire Beggs infertile doesn’t matter to her husband, Jasper. He loves her unreservedly, and they are passionate about their thriving hot air balloon business in the Hunter Valley. Despite their contentment, Claire is desperate to have a child — she knows Jasper would be a brilliant father and doesn’t want him to regret choosing her over a family in the years to come. An egg donor seems to be Claire and Jasper’s only chance of a happy family.

Can they find someone who will give them the greatest gift?




The Greatest Gift, published by Harlequin Enterprises Australia, will be released in Australia and New Zealand on 23 October 2017.

A bit of advice from Rachael ahead of release:

This book will probably require tissues as it’s my most emotional book yet. I even got teary while writing it and that NEVER happens! xx


You can pre-order signed copies of The Greatest Gift from Booktopia today.

I look forward to sharing my review with you all closer to the release date.

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