Cadence didn't sit down one night and decide that downing two bottles of wine was a brilliant idea.
Her drinking snuck up on her - as a way to sleep, to help her relax after a long day, to relieve some of the stress of the painful divorce that's left her struggling to make ends meet with her five-year-old son Charlie.
It wasn't always like this. Just a few years ago, Cadence seemed to have it all - a successful husband, an adorable son, and a promising career as a freelance journalist. But with the demise of her marriage, her carefully constructed life begins to spiral out of control. Suddenly she is all alone trying to juggle the demands of work and motherhood.
Logically, Cadence knows that she is drinking too much, and every day begins with renewed promises to herself that she will stop. But within a few hours, driven by something she doesn't understand, she is reaching for the bottle - even when it means not playing with her son because she is too tired, or dropping him off at preschool late, again. And even when one calamitous night it means leaving him alone to pick up more wine at the grocery store. It's only when her ex-husband shows up at her door to take Charlie away that Cadence realizes her best kept secret has been discovered.
Heartbreaking, haunting, and ultimately life-affirming, Best Kept Secret is more than just the story of Cadence - it's a story of how the secrets we hold closest are the ones that can most tear us apart.
©2011 Amy Hatvany (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
There are not many books that have affected me to the point of actually talking out loud to them - encouraging them, warning them, cheering them..... but this one did and all of the above.... You already get that it's about her loss of control regarding her alcohol intake - what you don't get is how she gets to that point and how easily it can be any one of us or anyone of the people we know/love. I've already recommended this book to some of my friends that are sponsors in AA - I feel it really can send a positive message for some folks that may not be able to catch on to the AA philosophy right away. This is NOT a preachy book, this is not a hidden agenda book... it's a well researched book about a tough subject. I highly recommend and will most likely read it again.
I read this book when I was 6 months sober and liked it but didn't love it. Now I'm 4 years sober and I can appreciate this book much better! I highly recommend! This is a good accurate portrayal of what addicted mothers go through in their addiction and in sobriety.
I was not able to finish this book. I quit at chapter 7. I couldn't stand one more conversation between the main character and her son, or the main character and anyone else. There was noting of interest going on, just conversations.
This story is well written, attention grabbing, and shows hard truths.
Do listen to this one for a good read!
I found the story very slow and humor of any kind, non-existent. I would not recommend this book.
The narrator's voices are irritating and cadence like; I could barely finish the book.
I have listened to many memoirs on addiction and I was impressed as to how I felt like this was almost a true story, with more of a plot to it.
The main character...the mother, who is so honest, vulnerable and does everything possible a mother could do to right her wrongs.
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