First Chapter: Read The Art of Keeping Secrets by Rachael Johns

First Chapter: Read The Art of Keeping Secrets by Rachael Johns

Click here for chapter one!

Why we love it: the newest novel from Australian bestseller Rachael Johns brings us an addictive plot and three very different women we can’t help but love.

Felicity, Emma and Neve have been close for years. They do Friday Night Book Club, their sons are in school together, and they share all the ups and downs of their lives with each-other. Don’t they?

On the outside, Felicity (Flick)’s life seems perfect. Her husband is gorgeous, caring and the envy of her friends, her daughter is getting married, her son is sailing through his final exams – but she’s holding a secret that could threaten her family’s happiness. Emma is drowning in debt after her husband left her for a younger woman, but working herself sick and battling a crush on her boss is not what Emma’s keeping quiet about. She’s been having headaches she can’t seem to shake and it’s affecting her more than she cares to admit. Single mum Genevieve (Neve) has never needed help to raise her son, but when he starts asking questions about his father, questions she doesn’t want to answer, their close relationship is at stake.

When Neve reveals to her friends the secret of her son’s father, a secret that takes her to New York, Flick and Emma, with their own lives crumbling, jump at the chance of a getaway. It’s in New York that the three women realise they have to admit the truth. Emma’s headaches are getting worse and harder to hide, Neve has to face the love of her life with the possibility of losing him again, and Flick has to decide whether her marriage can survive a transformation she never thought would happen. Together they learn that sometimes, secrets need to be shared.

If you’re looking for a read that will pull at your heartstrings – we’ve found it. Rachael Johns is known for her page-turning plots and relatable characters, and The Art of Keeping Secrets is no different. You will fall in love with each woman, as their personalities will engage you in their own little ways. However, this is not a novel for those who don’t like surprises – you’ll throw the book down in shock multiple times! Each secret, while you may guess at it, will leave you gasping with the unexpected repercussions.

The Art of Keeping Secrets does not follow clichés. You might think you know what’ll happen with the cheating husband, the single struggling mum and the marriage break down, but Rachael Johns takes these plot lines and makes them her own in a very powerful way, as she touches on some heavy issues about gender, marriage and friendship. This book will make you think, and these three women will stay with you once you’ve turned the last page.’

Rachael Johns is an English teacher, writer and mother who discovered a passion for contemporary romance she could never extinguish. She lives in rural Western Australia with her husband and three children, although she does admit to having a crush on game-show host Grant Denyer.

Want to learn more?

Click here to start reading The Art of Keeping Secrets and fall in love with the characters yourself!

You can watch the trailer here, start reading chapter one, view our interview with Rachael live in WA, or head here to purchase a copy!

Related Articles

Live Book Event: Rachael Johns, Bestselling Author of How to Mend a Broken Heart

News | Events & Festivals

24 May 2021

Live Book Event: Rachael Johns, Bestselling Author of How to Mend a Broken Heart

    Just One Wish Author, Rachael Johns tells us What Books she'd buy her Characters for Christmas

    News | Author Related

    17 December 2019

    Just One Wish Author, Rachael Johns tells us What Books she'd buy her Characters for Christmas

      I Wanted to Explore What it Means to be a Woman in Today's World: Q&A with Rachael Johns, Author of Just One Wish

      News | Author Related

      30 October 2019

      I Wanted to Explore What it Means to be a Woman in Today's World: Q&A with Rachael Johns, Author of Just One Wish

        Podcast: Life and Literature with Rachael Johns

        Podcast

        7 January 2019

        Podcast: Life and Literature with Rachael Johns

          For life-lit lovers: Why Lost Without You is a fantastic Christmas gift

          News

          17 December 2018

          For life-lit lovers: Why Lost Without You is a fantastic Christmas gift

            A Twist To Make You Gasp: Read an extract from Lost Without You by Rachael Johns

            News

            12 December 2018

            A Twist To Make You Gasp: Read an extract from Lost Without You by Rachael Johns

              Love, Laughter, Tears: Review of Lost Without You by Rachael Johns

              News

              11 December 2018

              Love, Laughter, Tears: Review of Lost Without You by Rachael Johns

                Wild and Wonderful: Read an extract from Elizabella Meets Her Match by Zoe Norton Lodge Illustrated by Georgia Norton Lodge

                Kids & Ya

                2 October 2018

                Wild and Wonderful: Read an extract from Elizabella Meets Her Match by Zoe Norton Lodge Illustrated by Georgia Norton Lodge

                Prankster Extraordinaire: Review of Elizabella Meets Her Match by Zoe Norton Lodge Illustrated by Georgia Norton Lodge

                Kids & Ya

                2 October 2018

                Prankster Extraordinaire: Review of Elizabella Meets Her Match by Zoe Norton Lodge Illustrated by Georgia Norton Lodge

                The Wizards of Once, Again: Review The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell

                Kids & Ya

                18 September 2018

                The Wizards of Once, Again: Review The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell

                Rachael Johns
                About the author

                Rachael Johns

                Rachael Johns, an English teacher by trade and a mum 24/7, is the bestselling ABIA-winning author of The Patterson Girls and a number of other romance and women's fiction books including The Art of Keeping Secrets, The Greatest Gift and Lost Without You. She is currently Australia's leading writer of contemporary relationship stories around women's issues, a genre she has coined ‘life-lit'. Rachael lives in the Perth hills with her hyperactive husband, three mostly gorgeous heroes-in-training and a very badly behaved dog. She rarely sleeps and never irons.

                Books by Rachael Johns

                COMMENTS

                Leave a Reply

                Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *