Nofel wedi ei gosod mewn dau gyfnod, yn gynnar yn yr 1930au a chwarter olaf y bedwaredd ganrif ar bymtheg. Rhamant hanesyddol, sy'n llawn cyfrinachau a chwerylon.
A bitter-sweet saga of conflict and heartache set in the 1930s. Gillian Finch and Dorothy Prosser are firm friends as well as cousins. For four years they have kept their friendship secret in the face of the bitter feud that has broken out between their respective families over the will of the family matriarch, Rose Prosser.
Keeping Secrets is an absorbing family saga spanning several generations of the Prosser and Knox families, whose fates continue to be bound together by business and affairs of the heart.
In Swansea, 1931, cousins Gillian and Dorothy are best friends who have to keep their friendship secret because of bad feeling caused between their parents, Vera and Henry, by their grandmother Rose’s will. Their friendship falls apart, however, when they find themselves vying for the attentions of Ronnie Knox. Unfortunately, young Knox is a slick womaniser in the image of his grandfather Charlie, who, in 1898, had stolen Rose away from her loving and loyal husband, William Prosser. And now I have already given away too many secrets. But there are plenty more to keep the reader guessing and double-guessing as Gwen Madoc’s carefully paced narrative switches smoothly from one generation to the other, slowly peeling away each layer of the onion.
The large cast of characters and fairly complex inter-relationships mean this is not a book to be read in short snatches, but then you’re unlikely to want to put it down once you’ve engaged with the story. There is romance, passion, loss and intrigue – all of it gently beguiling and with a touch of sentimentality that reminds me warmly of Sunday afternoon black-and-white movies. So, curl up in your cosiest armchair and enjoy.
Suzy Ceulan Hughes
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