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
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.
This story is well written, attention grabbing, and shows hard truths.
Do listen to this one for a good read!
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 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.
Really enjoyed this book. The main character was real and experiences what others go through as they try to fight addictions. I really enjoyed the end, which I won't give away -- but I did not expect it, which made the story and performance even more believable. Overall, it made me say THANK GOD I don't drink!!
A warm story of a mom who fights for herself and her son. It shed some new light on the disease of alcoholism and helped me understand a better the thinking of an alcoholic. I enjoyed it!
Yes I would. I think we all know someone who is dealing with an addition or may be going through it ourselves but afraid to admit it. This book is about a woman with an alcohol abuse problem. It was touching and I loved every minute of it.
I have not read many other books about addition. So I do not have another book to compare it to.
Spoiler: I have 2 favorite scenes.
1) When she hit rock bottom. When Martin came and took Charlie. She forgot to feed him and he was eating yogurt. Then Jess came and took her to the hospital. I felt bad for her. The drinking just got out of control so quickly. It was sad.
2) The other was when she saw her old friends at the coffee shop and she heard them talking about her being an alcoholic. Again, I felt bad for her. Mean girls grow up to be mean women.
Yes. I listened to it non stop. Even on the weekend. I have not done that in a long time.
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