BOOK CLUB: Secrets of Silvergum

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Author: Mandy Magro
ISBN: 9781489252722
RRP: $29.99
Publication Date: 20 May 2019
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

Mandy Magro is an Australian author that we love here at Beauty and Lace, and we have been featuring her books for years now; always on the look out for the next release.

The latest release is Secrets of Silvergum and it definitely looks like an intriguing read. I was thrilled to secure it as a book club title and am a little sad that I haven’t found the time to read it yet; though I am looking forward to the day I do.

In the meantime I will look forward to hearing what our members thought and live vicariously through their opinions on the novel.

Synopsis from the Publisher’s Website:

Can dark family secrets ever truly be buried?

When a horrible twist of fate leaves teenage friends Emma Kensington and Zane Wolfe reeling in the wake of a fatal accident, the two are driven apart for decades.

As a professional bull rider in America for the past sixteen years, Zane has stayed a sensible distance from the one woman he’s always loved but could never have – Emma, his childhood friend, and his brother’s wife. But a phone call revealing his stepfather’s sudden death means keeping half a world between them is no longer an option. Returning to Silvergum, how will he keep his long-held feelings under control?

For Emma, the death of her father-in-law, Peter, is shadowed by the secrets he’d been blackmailing her with. She’s finally free to tell the truth to the man she’s covertly loved from afar all this time. But Peter’s hand stretches beyond the grave, and all too soon Emma discovers she’s not the only one who has been keeping secrets. And to make peace with her past, she could very likely lose everything she loves most…

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Secrets of Silvergum is published by Harlequin Mira and is available now from Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to Harlequin Mira 15 of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are currently reading Secrets of Silvergum and you can read their thoughts on the book in the comments below, please be aware there may be spoilers.

12 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Secrets of Silvergum

  1. When a horrible twist of fate leaves teenage friends Emma Kensington and Zane Wolfe reeling in the wake of a fatal accident, the two are driven apart for decades.

    As a professional bull rider in America for the past sixteen years, Zane has stayed a sensible distance from the one woman he’s always loved but could never have – Emma, his childhood friend, and his brother’s wife. But a phone call revealing his stepfather’s sudden death means keeping half a world between them is no longer an option. Returning to Silvergum, how will he keep his long-held feelings under control?

    For Emma, the death of her father-in-law, Peter, is shadowed by the secrets he’d been blackmailing her with. She’s finally free to tell the truth to the man she’s covertly loved from afar all this time. But Peter’s hand stretches beyond the grave, and all too soon Emma discovers she’s not the only one who has been keeping secrets. And to make peace with her past, she could very likely lose everything she loves most…

  2. As always Mandy Magro has outdone herself with this beautiful book and a big shoutout to beauty and lace for the opportunity of reading this book

  3. Secrets of Silvergum by Mandy Magro starts off with 17 year best mates Emma & Zane reeling in the shock of a fatal accident which sees them driven apart for 17 years.
    Zane has made a name for himself in America as a professional bull rider with no plans to return to Australia, the girl he loves Emma has married his brother whom he doesn’t get on with, on top of that his evil stepfather Peter, he hasn’t returned to Australia for a number of years.
    Emma has been stuck in a disastrous marriage with a workaholic husband and Father in law Peter who has been blackmailing her with a number of secrets.
    When Peter dies suddenly Emma’s world looks brighter, she’s finally free to set the truth free and dream of a future with Zane when he returns to Australia. But it seems Peter has still found a way to stop Emma from setting the truth free.
    I’m a big fan of Mandy’s books, but I didn’t quite enjoy this one as much as some of her others. The ending seemed a little rushed, it built up to the secrets being revealed but didn’t really go into much detail as to seeing the people in the wrong brought to justice, it just scimmed over those details. Still a great read though!
    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harlequin for the chance to read and review Secrets Of Silvergum.

  4. I love Mandy Magro’s writing, and this book was another that I could not put down. I do agree with other reviews, that it built up to revealing those in the wrong, and jumped ahead, barely touching on how the villains of the story, finally saw justice.
    At times I wanted to yell at the main characters to ‘get on with it’, speak their truth, and suffer the consequences. I just found parts of the story frustrating.
    It was for me though, still a page turner, but just didn’t flow as well as Mandy’s other titles.
    Thank you Beauty & Lace, Harlequin, and Mandy, for the opportunity to read another home grown story.

  5. Thank you beautyandlace for this book reading opportunity.

    This was a good and interesting book to read, I enjoyed the storyline and liked the easy casual writing style. The book is a bit sad at times, but still enjoyable.

    I’ll definitely lookout for more books by Mandy Magro.

  6. The Secrets of Silvergum by Mandy Margo begins with an accident that involes friends Emma and Zane. This resulted in them going seperate ways. After 17years they reconnect and find out what happened that fateful night was not all as it seemed. I enjoyed this book but at times found it frustrating as the main characters weren’t truthful to each other. I also found the ending quite rushed. Thanks beauty and lace for another good read.

  7. Secrets of the Silvergum by Mandy Margo

    Thank you to Beauty & Lace for giving me tvs opportunity read & review this wonderful book.

    This is my second book by Mandy & I really enjoyed reading the story of Emma & the adventures in Silvergum.

    Myself being a Qld & the book Set in northern Qld, Im able to picture the scenery when talking of cairns & the windy roads. The words within these pages can really make you feel as though you are walking alongside Emma, Zane and Riley.

    This book is a wonderful rural romance that does not disappoint. The story between Emma & Zane starting as teenagers through to their adult life. Just when I think they will get together something happens. An intriguing book!

  8. I absolutely loved Secrets of The Silvergum by Mandy Magro.
    Being a bit of a fan of her writing I was already looking forward to reading this and certainly wasnt disappointed.
    Highly recommended for lovers of both Australian written and novels set in Australia , Secrets of The Silvergum is definitely for you.
    Set in Northern Queensland we have our main characters Emma and Zane. The story starts for them with a horrible accident that see’s them apart for another 17 years when they meet again with vastly different lives. Zane has been in the US as a professional bullrider, Emma in the meantime has married his brother.
    Secrets, blackmail, romance and rural Australia all in the one novel.
    Highly enjoyable.
    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Harlequin for the chance to read and review Secrets Of The Silvergum .

  9. The Secrets of Silvergum is a beautiful and emotionally provoking story of a fatal accident and a horrible twist of fate that drives two young peoples lives apart for decades. Emma Kensington’s character portrays a typical outback Australian woman of courage, beauty and bravery. Her life is shadowed by secrets, blackmail and a battle to lead a single mothers life with her young daughter all the while missing the only man she ever loved that is now out of reach. Zane Wolfe who is the other major character leaves his teenage friend to live as a professional bull rider in America for 16 years and is trying to make a life of his own but will his feelings bring him back home to Australia where his heart belongs. The book brings love and living in the Australian outback to life which makes most city dwellers yearn for and envy. The story had me on edge and kept me up until the late hours of the night. The one question that you have on the back of your mind is will the past have devastating effects on these two families or will it end with a beautiful love story. Well done Mandy Magro looking forward to reading all your other books and thank you to Beauty and Lace to have had the opportunity to read such a great book.

  10. Get ready for an emotional roller coaster. Secrets of Silvergum will keep you holding on and turning the pages to see what strange twists of fate will be dealt to our hero and heroine, Zane and Emma. Lovable larrikin and beautiful Emma certainly have their fair share of dramas. I had a couple of very late nights waiting to see what happened in this lovely book. A real page turner.

  11. Secrets of Silvergum by Mandy Magro is a story of secrets, blackmail, romance and rural Australia all in the one novel.

    The story starts off with best mates Emma and Zane, 17 year olds who are shocked and drawn apart for 17 years because of a fatal accident. Cause of the accident Zane moves to America as a professional bull rider who never wants to return to Australia. The girl that he wants to marry Emma married his brother whom he does not get along with, together with the fact that he does not get along with evil stepfather Peter either. Peter has a hold on Emma blackmailing her with several secrets while Emma suffers a marriage that is not made in heaven with Michael who is a workaholic and wants to follow in his father’s footsteps.

    When Peter suddenly dies, Zane returns to Australia for the funeral. Emma hopes that secrets she has will be able to be told and the truth be known, so the dreams she has of having a future with Zane are possible. But unfortunately, this is not the case as Peter still has ways and means of blackmailing Emma so she cannot let the truth be told and make her free from his hold. Will Emma be strong enough to the let the truth be known!

    I would highly recommend “Secrets of Silvergum”.

  12. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Secrets of Silvergum. I have read numerous Mandy Magro books and like them for their themes of romance, family dramas, Australiana and small town communities

    Secrets of Silvergum tells the story of long-time friends Emma and Zane, friends since they were young but torn apart by tragedy and scandal. Years later they meet again, Emma with a teenage daughter, Zane a hot-shot rodeo rider from America. Can they ever overcome their past and rebuild their friendship?

    Thank you to Harlequin Books and Beauty & Lace Book Club for the opportunity to read this lovely story.

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