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Secret Keeping for Beginners by Maggie Alderson (May 2015)

Even the closest families have things to hide...

Recently divorced Rachel is juggling her new dream job in interior design with the demands of two young daughters.  She's full of creative ideas, but some days she can't even make it into the office in matching shoes.  Her life is balanced more precariously than she cares to admit.

Tessa, a talented muralist, is feeling flat.  Her kids are growing up and she's feeling upstaged by her husband's new-found celebrity as the host of a home-restoration reality TV show.  But everything turns on its head when she gets a surprise from her past.

Natasha leads a glamorous jet-setting life as one of American Vogue's favourite make-up artists.  Single and childless, she's focused on her career - but when the lie she's concealed for years threatens to come to light, the truth will make her question everything.

Meanwhile their mother Joy, a hippy vegetarian caterer, is carefully ignoring the letters that keep arriving at her door.  Into the mix comes Simon, Rachel's urbane boss, hiding secrets of his own.

And everything lurking beneath the surface of this seemingly happy family is about it come bursting out...
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