Title: True to Me
Author: Kay Bratt
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: December 10, 2019
Page Count: 269
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
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 fiancé, 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 Quinn is determined to uncover.
But settling on the island has its complications, and with the fiancé 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.
One thing I absolutely love with reading is finding amazing settings in stories and getting a bit of “virtual” travel while I read. With finding True to Me by Kay Bratt takes place in Hawaii I immediately had to grab this contemporary romance and thankfully the story was a lovely as the setting.
Quinn Maguire had spent her life being raised by a single mother thinking that her father had left as a child but when her mother is about to pass away she admits to lying about who Quinn’s father was. Despite being engaged Quinn decides she really wants to learn her real father was and finds evidence he might be in Hawaii where her mother was raised.
The author did a wonderful job bringing the setting of Hawaii to life in this story even including the culture and people into the mystery of who Quinn’s father might be. While this is more on the side of a contemporary read it does have a pretty solid mystery involved in it too with Quinn looking into her past which made this one a definite page turner. With likable characters, a great setting and fun plot this one is one I’d recommend checking out.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the Author:
Kay Bratt is the author of more than a dozen novels, with her best-selling series The Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters finding it’s way into the hearts of more than a quarter of a million readers. Kay’s tagline in writing and life is ‘Immerse yourself in a world where kindness matters.” In addition to writing, Kay is passionate about advocating for both children and animals, and weaves many of her life experiences into the pages of her books. Currently Kay and her husband live in a log cabin on nearly 40 acres of beautiful land they call Windy Hill, in the upstate of South Carolina. She’s a mom to two, nana to five, and dog-mom to four, though another pup could be squeezed in at any moment. You can find a full list of her published works at http://www.kaybratt.com