Review: Secret Sister by Emelle Gamble

Posted September 19, 2018 by Lorna in Reviews / 18 Comments

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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Secret Sister by Emelle Gamble
Secret Sister

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Genres: Fantasy Romance
Published by Soul Mate Publishing
Released on July 7, 2013
Pages: 310
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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The Delight

Two women, life long best friends, face their worse fears together one Saturday morning in California. This isn’t a crime novel, but instead one that literally brings a man to his knees.


I recently read and reviewed Dating Cary Grant on Net Galley. The author got in touch afterwards and said if you liked that one, you might enjoy this other one-even though the two were completely different. I received a copy of the book from the author, but was not compensated and all opinions are my own.

When Cathy and Roxanne embark on a trip to see Roxanne’s spiritual adviser(at least that’s what I think he was), the two don’t know that they are about to be tested in the worse way. I hate this because of the nature of this story, that’s all I can say about what happens. And the more I think about it, the more I know this review is going to be very short. I really don’t want to be responsible for a lot of spoilers. Suffice it to say that something major happens that uproots both of their lives. Cathy’s husband Nick is the other main character. The three have known each other since childhood.

The dynamics of this duo’s friendship was kinda strange. Roxanne is gorgeous, as in men stop to look at her while walking. She dresses the part and her home is a reflection of that as well. Cathy is down to earth, but still attractive-although nowhere near as attractive as Roxanne. She’s a good person and her soulmate is Nick. Roxanne has had mental issues since very early on in her life. She has an obnoxious ex-boyfriend named, Michael, that plays a part as well. He’s a serial cheater and that’s why he’s an ex. And they all have a gay male friend in common named, Bradley, that ended up being a favorite of mine.

This story swept me up so that I couldn’t stop reading. The whole first part of the book is very compelling and heart wrenching at times. There’s twists-most of which I saw coming-but that didn’t bother me in the slightest. It was fun just seeing if I was right. The whole book has a strange at times feel to it, mainly because of the circumstances and not at all the writing. I felt sorry for all the main characters at times and at other times rejoiced with some of them. Oh, and one spoiler I am going to tell is that there is no cheating. I know that’s not something most want to read about. And over and beyond that, the story is about Cathy and Nick’s wonderful bond and love.

I recommend this to adult romance readers. Unique and really very interesting story!




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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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2 years ago

Oh it’s always great to have something different and I’m definitely intrigued!

2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

I was definitely intrigued with this one Melliane. It’s unique

Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

This sounds like an interesting read. I love when side characters stand out and end up being favorites 🙂

2 years ago

It was really different, that’s for sure! Yep, I love great side characters.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I am definitely curious now about what causes the conflict when they go on that trip. You did a great job of pulling me in without spoiling it, Lorna. 🙂

2 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Thanks Sophia! It really did have a unique premise.

Bookworm Brandee
Bookworm Brandee
2 years ago

Well you certainly have me intrigued, Lorna. 🙂 I now *need* to know what happened! ha! And I’m really curious about Roxanne and Cathy’s friendship as well as Cathy and Nick’s relationship. That groaning sound is my tbr as I throw this one on top of the pile. 😉

Carole's Random Life
2 years ago

You have definitely grabbed my attention with this one. I do love a book that really pulls me in. Great review!

2 years ago

Thank you Carole! It was a different sort of read for sure.

Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer

Was to lure me in and make me curious Lorna! Now I need to know everything!

2 years ago

That’s exactly what I was going for!

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

It seems you’ve made everyone curious about this book, including me. lol

2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It was a very curious book!

2 years ago

Really, no spoilers but now we all want to know. I’ll have to look into it. Good review! Anne – Books of My Heart

2 years ago
Reply to  Northwomn

I really didn’t want to spoil anything and to me it would have. Thanks!

2 years ago

Some books can be hard to review if you don’t want to give away any spoilers. The friendship dynamics between the main characters sound interesting and I like the sound of that side character Bradley. That’s great the story kept your attention even with the strange feel of it. Great review!