A good bit of historical fiction never goes amiss in my eyes. In fact, quite the opposite. When I got the opportunity to read the lovely Joanna Larum‘s new book, Martha’s secrets, I jumped at the chance.
It didn’t disappoint.
About Martha’s Secrets
Edith and her two children, Daniel and Martha, have had a torturous life at the hands of Edith’s parents. They faced Slave labour, regular bearings and starvation punishments. Edith and Daniel are as pure as the snow but something wicked lies inside Martha. Something wicked that is blamed on the father who is also her grandfather.
Right now, the Coleman’s are as happy as they will ever be. Business is going well for Daniel; Edith is married to a loving man; and Martha is… well Martha.
As the First World War begins, Daniel fears conscription, while Martha plots retribution on anyone who crosses her path.
The flaw in Martha’s personality continues to grow and loveable Edith and Daniel pretend not to see it.
What will Martha stop at to take revenge?
Will Daniel avoid fighting at the front Line?
Will Edith be able to tell her children the truth about their parentage?
Martha’s Secrets is a must-read in my opinion.
Joanna is a new author to me and I must say I am ready to hunt out the rest of her books and sit down to read them all one after the Other.
I loved the characters. They are well developed and kept me wanting to know more about them and find out what they would do next.
Martha, although a definite sociopath if not a psychopath, is likeable in a curious way. I can’t really tell you why. I do like a good villain though.
Daniel is loveable, he’s kind, caring and will make someone a marvellous husband.
Edith has been broken by an incredibly hard life but is still loving and kind.
The story is one that keeps a reader turning pages lout I feel the story of the Coleman’s is far from over.
If you love a good historical fiction with a captivating storyline Martha’s secrets is one you should read.
If you want to read Martha’s Secrets (or Something Wicked This Way Comes), you can buy using the links below.
About Joanna Larum
I only went to school to learn to read. At age 6, I decided I COULD read and promptly left, by the school gate, the same gate which my mother marched me back through 10 minutes later. So I had to spend the next 12 years at school, learning lots of different things, none of which lived up to the excitement of reading. Wanting to be a writer was a natural progression, because there is nothing as exciting as inventing the story yourself. But it’s taken over 50 years before I dared to present my stories for other people to read. So, here they are! I’ll just creep behind the sofa.