Secret Sister by Emelle Gamble

Secret Sister by Emelle Gamble
Publisher:  Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (279 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rated: 4 Stars
Review by Poppy

To their friends, Nick and Cathy Chance have the perfect marriage. High school sweethearts who’ve been together for ten years, they’ve weathered challenges and are as committed as they were when they first fell in love. Cathy trusts Nick, Nick’s world revolves around his wife, and the future looks golden.

To everyone who knows them, Cathy Chance and Roxanne Ruiz have a perfect friendship. They connected in grade school and since then have been each other’s confident and trusted advisor. Cathy loves the gorgeous Roxanne like a sister, Roxanne has fun-loving Cathy’s back in every situation, though lately there’s been tension between these two best friends…

And then, on a sunny summer morning, the unthinkable occurs, throwing into doubt the truth of what each of these people really know about themselves and one another.

Will Roxanne’s sacrifice be too little, and too late? Should Nick’s love for his wife be strong enough to risk trusting his heart more than logic? Can Cathy’s devotion to Nick give her enough strength to convince him to see her for who she really is?

Secret Sister proves how strong, how stubborn, and how trustworthy love can be as Nick and Cathy and Roxanne are challenged to overcome the secrets, the lies … and one extraordinary twist of fate that turns their lives upside down.

This story was nothing like I’d expected.

If you’re looking for a typical women’s fiction/romance, don’t look here… this story has a twist of the paranormal that will have you willingly stretching your belief in order to enjoy the plot.

Emelle Gamble has created a story that will tear your heart out. It’s so well written and full of emotion, my heart nearly burst while reading. Honestly, I didn’t like Nick for much of the book … but that was partly because I knew what was real and he didn’t. I had the benefit of seeing inside the heads of many characters. He didn’t. But he wasn’t a character I loved … until the end. I could understand what he went through, though. The kind of love he felt for Cathy is the kind that will destroy if it’s taken away.

I think I was supposed to like Roxanne more than I did, too. I never did warm to her much, but could understand at least some of the reason she was the way she was.

The best, most lovable character was easily Cathy. Sure, she had some flaws — who doesn’t? — but she had a huge heart. She was the reason I kept turning pages. I had to make sure she’d come through the fire and have her HEA. I was desperate for it.

If you’re a reader who loves drama and emotion, if you like a book with twists you weren’t expecting and a perfect payoff as an ending, then I recommend Secret Sister. It’s got heart.


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  2. Thank you Long and Short Reviews for hosting this blog stop! And thank you Poppy for the insightful and very generous review of Secret Sister! This was a very emotional book for me, because I’m a die-hard romantic, and I really do believe in soulmates and true love. I am thrilled you got it! And liked it! Readers, do you love these kinds of books where you wonder what’s going to happen, and doubt that it will turn out happily? Let me hear from you!

  3. Rita Wray says:

    After reading the review I’m curious about the book and can’t wait to read it.


    • Let me know what you think, Rita Wray! And thanks for stopping in and reading Poppy’s lovely review! I’m always curious to know if a reader figured out how this book was going to end before it ended. Or if they know a man who could be persuaded to believe what Nick was asked to believe!

  4. Lisa Rosier says:

    I have not had the chance to read the book yet….but with this review I may have to start reading it this weekend. I have six sister and can relate in some ways to this book. Hope I enjoy it as much as everyone else has. Thanks

    • I hope you enjoy it, too, Lisa Rosier. I must say as the author I have been a little surprised at how intense some readers felt the story was…that’s probably due to the fact I did about 300 versions…HA! But it’s so wonderful to hear from readers, so do let us know if you think it ended the way it should! And thanks for posting.

  5. Peggy Falls says:

    Awesome book, amazing twists & wonderful ending! Loved it!

    • Thanks, Peggy Falls! It really was the story of my heart…one that reveals what a die-hard romantic I am! I’m thrilled you liked the ending. And I appreciate you stopping by to post!

  6. Story twists are very welcome!

  7. Catherine says:

    The review really has piqued my interest. I like a read with twists…as long as they’re not TOO unbelievable!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    • Catherine…thanks for posting. Yes, it has a lot of twists…and a paranormal ‘trading places’ structure between characters. But I hope you like it! It was fun to look at the situation and I kept thinking, what would I do? Let me know if you get a chance to read it…I love to hear reader’s reactions.

  8. Mary Preston says:

    A story with heart goes a long way with me.


    • I agree, Mary Preston! And a story that I think about after I finish the last page is my very favorite. I hope you get a chance to read Secret sister…if you do, please let me know if you think it has heart! and thanks so much for posting!

  9. An excellent review!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  10. sounds interesting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  11. What a great giveaway! Thanks

    hense1kk (at) cmich (dot) edu

  12. Karen H in NC says:

    Enjoyed the review.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    • Thanks, Karen H, for posting. It was a great review and I truly appreciate the time Poppy put into it! I hope you get a chance to read Secret Sister…if you do, please let me know what you thought!

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