Happy New Year – Bee Readin'

Happy New Year

The Hidden Women by Kerry Barrett is a historical novel that goes between present day 2018 and back to the war in 1944. The story delves into the history of the women who flew for the ATA in Britain and family secrets one woman hoped would never be uncovered.

I was pulled into this novel immediately. First I love historic novels, second, I am incredibly curious and thirdly, I am deep into genealogy, so discovering family stories really intrigues me.

The book starts in present day London 2018. Helena Miles is a young single mom who loves digging into the past and it is also her job. She works as a researcher for a hit television show “Where Do You Come From”?, and her work has her dealing with mainly celebrity families. When the handsome superstar Jack Jones blows into her life, Helena will put on a path she never saw coming. While researching Jack’s genealogy, a familiar name pops up and Helena finds herself unexpectedly sliding down a deep dark rabbit hole into her own family history.

Readers are soon transported back Berkshire, England 1944. Lillian Miles is an ATA pilot and flies every type of aircraft during the war. When her niece starts poking around, she remains quiet about the secrets she has locked deep in her soul hoping they would never be discovered.

Helena’s job has strict rules about using the company resources to research your own family, but she ignores them hoping no one will discover her digging into her own family. Jack encourages her to continue her work and helps her along the way. This too will bring Helena trouble.

When Helena brings the information to her family, her father has his own questions and wants her to continue researching. What she discovers could quite possibly destroy her family. What happened to her Aunt Lillian during the war, why won’t she talk about it and what do the answers mean for her family?

If you really enjoy historical novels, are curious about the past and family stories and genealogy, you will love this novel. I enjoyed going between present day and the past to learn Lillian’s story. The book really is about friendship, sisterhood, strong women and family secrets.

The author did an incredible job bringing the character’s to life, giving them depth and you may just find yourself sympathetic to both sides. One wanting to keep the past secret and the other needing to know the truth.

I noticed the book was published a year ago today, so happy book anniversary to Kerry Barrett for a truly wonderful novel. Even better, Amazon’s Kindle price today is .99 cents. Don’t know if it is a one day deal or the price for now, but either way, it is totally worth the buy and read.

Until next time,
Bee Readin’

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8 thoughts on “Happy New Year”

  1. Good to hear from you on the reading front. I’ve not heard of Ellie Collins. Today’s children can always do with more good books to read. I’ve been delving into my kids’ Scholastic books we bought years ago. Titles such as A Christmas Carol, Black Beauty, and The Little Princess. All of them have been really good. Can’t wait to hear about the historical novel! Wishing you and your family much happiness this new year.

    1. Hi Janet,
      Last year was rough. I was in a serious car accident in August and spent quite a bit of time in the hospital and physical therapy. Reading just wasn’t on my list. I am recovering and have vowed to do better with the blog this year. I love the kids scholastic books too. I kept so many of the childhood books I read to my son and still have them in my office. I was asked to read these two books, and it truly was a pleasure. Both are great for kids that may be dealing with a move or school changes. Plus I love that she was only eleven years old when she wrote the first one. I will have the historical novel post up early next week. It deals with genealogy research and discovery which I am in to right now, and the book drew me in, so I hope if you read it you will love it too. I wish you and your family a New Year filled with joy, and many beautiful hikes and adventures.

      1. Hi Terri,
        Oh my gosh, I’m sorry to hear about your accident. Wow! I’m glad you are recovering. If you ever want to talk, here’s my e-mail: califraven@aol.com. I’m looking forward to reading your upcoming reviews this year. Janet

    1. Sheryl, thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed the reviews. The books were so well written and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Have a fabulous week.

    1. Thanks so much Jolandi, just hoping for a much better year this year! Hope 2020 brings you joy and more time on your land.

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