Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Should Be Reading.

Today’s feature is a new book from an old favorite author:  Secrets from the Past, by Barbara Taylor Bradford.



Intro:  It was a beautiful day.  The sky was a huge arc of delphinium blue, cloudless, and shimmering with bright sunlight above the soaring skyline of Manhattan.  The city where I have lived, off and on, for most of my life was looking its best on this cold Saturday morning.

As I walked up Sutton Place, returning to my apartment, I began to shiver.  Gusts of strong wind were blowing off the East River, and I was glad I was wearing jeans instead of a skirt, and warm clothes.  Still shivering, I turned up the collar of my navy blue pea jacket and wrapped my cashmere scarf tighter around my neck.

It was unusually chilly for March.  On the other hand, I was enjoying my walk after being holed up for four days endeavoring to finish a difficult chapter.


Teaser:  As Zac walked across the terrace toward our table, my throat constricted and a wave of emotion washed over me unexpectedly.  He looked so young from a distance, appeared to be just like he was when we first met long ago, eleven years now.  And for a moment, I was thrown back in time. (p.75)


Blurb:  From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a powerful and emotional novel about one woman’s quest to uncover long-buried secrets about her family–secrets she will stop at nothing to uncover, no matter the consequences. At thirty, American photojournalist Serena Stone has already made a name for herself with her unique and dramatic coverage of wars in the Middle East, following in her famous father’s footsteps.  But after his unexpected death in France, she ends her job at the renowned photo news agency, weary of years of danger.  Leaving the front lines behind, Serena returns to New York where she starts work on a biography of her celebrated father.  When Serena discovers that her former lover Zachary North is in trouble overseas, she’s forced to leave the safety of her new life, and head back to a place she was trying to escape…and her life will never be the same again. As she brings Zac back to health in Venice, she discovers a shocking secret in the archives of her late father’s work.  It is a secret that will propel her back to war-torn Libya, risking her life looking for clues that she hopes will piece together the mystery surrounding her parents’ marriage and the part of their life together that she never knew.

Well-kept secrets, passionate love, obsession, betrayal, redemption, and the power of the past to control the future propel Secrets from the Past, the explosive new novel from The New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford.


What do you think?  Does it grab you?  Would you keep reading?


  1. I love the cover and it truly does sound interesting. For some reason I no longer want to read books by this author…I think because there is so much newer stff out there?


    • I know that I didn’t enjoy one series that came out a few years ago, but always have loved the stand-alones and the Emma Harte books.

      I like finding new stuff, too; but BTB, like Penny Vincenzi, will always remind me of lush settings and interiors. Thanks for stopping by, Patty.


  2. oohh barbara taylor bradford! when i was 11 or 12 i remember my mom having a copy of one of bradford’s books, i think it was A Sudden Change of Heart. i never got to reading it but now i might try reading one of her books if i have the time


  3. Oh my, it’s been a long time since I read a good Barbara Taylor Bradford book. Her books are usually great sweeping drama. This one I’ve not read so I will check it out.


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