I’m not going to lie, I read another book by Diane Chamberlain and I thought it was very soap opera-like. Way too over the top and just silly. I decided to give her another chance and read Secret Lives, hoping it would be different. Honestly, it wasn’t. Just more and more absurd things kept happening by the end I just sighed and couldn’t help but think how implausible most of it was. However, it was kind of a fun read and, although kind of absurd, Chamberlain is a good writer and I didn’t hate reading it. The book is quite outdated, having been published in the 90s, but in a way it makes it quite enjoyable to read because it takes me back to a simpler time. 3 out of 5 stars.
Secret Lives focuses on Eden Riley, a Hollywood actress who’s famous, but strange, author mother died when she was four. Eden ran away from her past to Los Angeles where she built a life for herself completely disregarding her past. When she gets a divorce from her husband she decides she wants to go back to her hometown and learn about her eccentric mother and write a screenplay to help others understand her better too.
While in her hometown Eden falls for a man who has a dark past and learns secrets about her past that she couldn’t even imagine. She struggles with who she is and where she’s going in life and ultimately must choose which life she wants to live– her glitzy Hollywood version she comes to realize is fake, or deal with the secrets of her past.
Although strange, this book was an interesting read and spans many decades and overall I enjoyed it. However, I can’t say I would read it again.