I would like to start out this review by sincerely thanking both NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for giving me an advance copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own.
True to Me is the latest book by Kay Bratt, the bestselling author of Wish Me Home. It is a heart-warming novel about a young woman named Quinn Maguire who is having a major identity crisis. For you see, Quinn’s mother has just died, and on her death bed she informed Quinn that her father is not who she thinks she is. Quinn has no memories of the man whom she believes to be her absentee father, but she is still completely thrown off by this revelation. Quinn needs to know who she is, and where she came from. Her mother’s dying wish was to be taken back to her native Maui, so that is exactly where Quinn goes.
While in Maui, Quinn meets new friends, reconnects with people from her past, and discovers the truth about her family and her history. It is a beautiful story of forgiveness and self-discovery. I was hooked on Quinn’s story from the first chapter, and by the end I felt like I had been on an enlightening journey with her. The characters in True to Me are beautifully written; I formed a real connection with them. I’m already looking forward to the sequel and seeing how Quinn’s relationships progress.
The only slightly negative thing I have to say about this book is that the characters and writing could come across as a bit cliche at times. That being said, it did fit in with the story, and did not bother me as much as it normally would. Kay Bratt is a talented writer, and I look forward to reading more of her works in the future.
From the bestselling author of Wish Me Home comes a breathtaking novel about the secrets that families keep and one woman’s illuminating search for the truth. Quinn Maguire has a stable life, a fiance, and what she thinks is a clear vision for her future. All of that comes undone by her mother’s deathbed confession – the absentee father Quinn spent thirty years resenting is not her real father at all. With that one revealing whisper, Quinn embarks on a journey to Maui, her mother’s childhood home, a storied paradise that holds the truth about her mother’s past and all its secrets that Quinn is determined to uncover. But settling on the island has its complications, and with the fiance she left behind questioning every choice she makes, Quinn’s quest for her truth is even more difficult than she expected. As time passes and she digs deeper into her family history and her own identity, one thing becomes clear: Maui is as beautiful as she’d always imagined, and its magic is helping uncover the woman that Quinn was always meant to be.
Kay Bratt has written eleven novels for adults and two children’s books. Bratt’s writing was a comfort to her through a tumultuous childhood and the abuse she endured as an adult.
True to Me is a beautiful story of forgiveness and self-discovery. It is a heartwarming story, but may not appeal to all.
My Rating: ★★★★☆
You can pre-order a copy of True to Me here. It will be published on December 10, 2019.
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book!