Best Kept Secret

Best Kept Secret

eBook - 2011
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A timely and captivating novel about a mother whose life spirals out of control when she descends into alcoholism, and her battle to get sober and regain custody of her beloved son. Cadence didn't sit down one night and decide that downing two bottles of wine was a brilliant idea. Her drinking snuck up on her—as a way to sleep, to help her relax after a long day, to relieve some of the stress of the painful divorce that's left her struggling to make ends meet with her five-year old son, Charlie. It wasn't always like this. Just a few years ago, Cadence seemed to have it all—a successful husband, an adorable son, and a promising career as a freelance journalist. But with the demise of her marriage, her carefully constructed life begins to spiral out of control. Suddenly she is all alone trying to juggle the demands of work and motherhood. Logically, Cadence knows that she is drinking too much, and every day begins with renewed promises to herself that she will stop. But within a few hours, driven by something she doesn't understand, she is reaching for the bottle—even when it means not playing with her son because she is too tired, or dropping him off at preschool late, again. And even when one calamitous night it means leaving him alone to pick up more wine at the grocery store. It's only when her ex-husband shows up at her door to take Charlie away that Cadence realizes her best kept secret has been discovered.... Heartbreaking, haunting, and ultimately life-affirming, Best Kept Secret is more than just the story of Cadence—it's a story of how the secrets we hold closest are the ones that can most tear us apart.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Atria Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9781439193334
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc

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May 10, 2017

SCL Monday afternoon bookclub - March 2017
The group rated this book a 4.4.
Overall they thought it was a simple and powerful look at addiction. Some thought it was similar to Best Kind of People, and Beautiful Forevers. One member did not like the repetitveness, and did not particularly like it. Others thought that it was a good, quick read.

josief77 Apr 29, 2012

I happened to pick up this book just to have something to read. Well, I was wonderfully surprised and enjoyed it so much. It touches on the reality of such a situation and shows her struggle.
A must read!

BPLNextBestAdults Jul 19, 2011

Cadence had it all once – an adorable son, a successful husband and a promising career in freelance journalism. But everything changes once her divorce is finalized; she is struggling to make ends meet and has writer’s block. It all begins with a glass of wine - just one drink to take the edge off. Before long, it is no longer a glass but a bottle or two. Cadence does not realize how her “best kept secret” has taken over her life until her husband comes to take their son away.
This third novel by Amy Hatvany details the ongoing journey of Cadence and her alcoholism. This haunting tale starts at the beginning of her addiction and realistically portrays the heartbreak of her child custody battle and the healing of her recovery. Along the way, secrets from her family’s past and new friends assist Cadence in her struggle for sobriety.

jessica_wirth Jul 05, 2011

A great book about alcoholism and addiction and how it affects those around you.

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