Book Review: The Secrets of Sunshine


Only his daughter Poppy knows that behind his prickly exterior, Mitchell Fisher is deeply lonely. He may have sworn off romance, relishing his job cutting off the padlocks that couples fasten to his hometown’s famous ‘love story’ bridge… but underneath it all, he’s still grieving the loss of Poppy’s mum.

Then one hot summer’s day, everything changes when Mitchell bravely rescues a woman who falls from the bridge into the river. He’s surprised to feel an unexpected connection to her, but then she disappears. Desperate to find the mysterious woman, Mitchell teams up with her spirited sister Liza to see if she’s left any clues behind. There’s just one – a secret message on the padlock she left on love story bridge…


“I think that true love is simply your way of being together, in a way that makes you both happy. “

This novel was a nice read. A man is grieving for his girlfriend and mother of his child. He’s consumed by guilt and is stuck on the past. As the novel develops theres a seemingly confusing mixture as his feelings for someone not expected to form. He rekindles friendships with those he used to be close with and all of the characters progress. Although, the last 50 pages was the predictable and a little bit of a drag. It’s a difficult topic to write about and I did enjoy reading it.

3/5 stars


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