Hii! So it’s been a while since I’ve done a book review as I’ve either not had the time to read or just not really been into it. I can’t remember if I picked up the last anniversary or if I borrowed it, but it had been sitting on my shelf for a while, so I thought it was time to pick it up, and it’s definitely got me back into a reading mood 🙂
One abandoned baby. Two sisters with a secret. One chance to rewrite the past.
Over seventy years have passed since sisters Rose and Connie Doughty found an abandoned baby near their home on the island of Scribbly Gum. With no one to take care of it, Rose and Connie took the baby in as their own.
Since then the ‘Munro Baby Mystery’ has bought fame and fortune, putting Scribbly Gum on the tourist map, especially for the island’s annual celebration.
But now, with Connie dead and outsider Sophie Honeywell about to move into their home, Rose begins to wonder if they made the right decision all those years ago. How much longer can they cover up the lie that has sustained their community for generations? And what other secrets are about to be revealed?
Throughout the book you’re able to see quite a few different points of view and all their own stories as well.
Sophie who is a thirty-something singleton who was previously with Thomas (Grandson of Enigma), she suddenly gets the news that she was left Connie’s house, so she moves to Scribbly Gum island. Connie had also left in a letter that she has a young man in mind for Sophie, so as well as trying to figure out the mystery she is also on the hunt for love.
Connie is obviously a very central character even though she is dead. The story focuses on the effects of how her death has effected others and also she was keeping a huge secret about the baby munro mystery that only a few others know.
Grace is Enigma’s granddaughter and has a loving husband and an adorable baby. She’s a children’s author and everybody thinks she’s perfect. But Grace is also harboring a secret, she doesn’t want to be a mother and is desperately trying to seek a way out.
Margie is Enigma’s daughter. She is the ‘slightly overweight’ woman who dotes on her dickhead husband and is always there for everyone when they need her. She joins weight watchers which is totally the becoming of her as she meets Ron, and as the weight drastically falls off she finds a whole new level of confidence that she never had before.
Veronika is Margie’s daughter. She is totally head strong but does come across as a bit of a bitch to start with. She hates the fact that Sophie broke her brother’s (Thomas) heart and also the fact that she was left Connie’s house. Throughout the story she tries to solve the whole Munro baby mystery and comes to the conclusion that Connie killed the abandoned baby’s parents and tries to prove this.
Rose is Connie’s sister. She is very forgetful (or comes across that way) but very loving to everyone. She obviously found the baby along with her sister and is getting fed up of keeping the whole secret. She forms a bond with Sophie and slips up on a small scale quite occasionally.
Enigma is the famous ‘Munro baby’. She’s quite stuck up and really does play on the fact that she is the star of the show (so to speak). She knows the secret surrounding around the whole mystery and definitely doesn’t want anybody to find out anytime soon.
I like how throughout the book you find out how both the death of Connie and the whole mystery around the Munro baby effects each individual differently, and i suppose some things are not to do with each of those things, but are kind of kick started because of that.
I thought it was greatly written (Just like ‘The husband’s secret’, which if you haven’t read, please do), you get a great feel and insight to each of the characters and i was surprised when it come to finding out what happened all those years ago.
Have you read ‘The last anniversary’? If so what are you’re thoughts, i would love to hear them!