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A Secret for the Lifeboat Sisters

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I enjoyed this book, it was an easy read and I read it quickly. I always enjoy Tilly's books so it was no surprise that this one was up there with the others. A perfect afternoon read. My thanks to netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
Lighthearted and easy read. Cute book that was refreshing and enjoyable.

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This was a fun chick lit romance. I liked the plot and the characters were a lot of fun. Very much recommend this book.

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"A Secret for the Lifeboat Sisters" by Tilly Tennant left me disappointed with its lackluster plot and predictable narrative. The storyline, centered around family secrets, failed to deliver the anticipated intrigue, feeling contrived and formulaic. The characters lacked depth, often falling into clichéd roles that hindered emotional investment. Tennant's writing, though competent, couldn't salvage the mundane storyline. Despite a promising premise, the execution left much to be desired, resulting in a read that failed to capture my interest or offer the depth and complexity I seek in a novel. Overall, a forgettable experience that fell short of expectations.

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Nice, light writing. Easy to follow and be submerged into the story. I fell in love with Gaby. Great work by this author.

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Did not realise this was part of a series, as was given the opportunity by Net Galley to read it. However, it was easy to get to know the characters, a tale full of drama and secrets, just perfect

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In the third instalment of the Lifeboat Sisters series, Tilly Tennant presents a captivating story that will keep you hooked.

While the previous books focused on the younger Morrow sisters, A Secret for the Lifeboat Sisters, tells the tale of Gaby and her husband Killian. Killian is tormented by a secret from his past, and the couple are struggling to make their marriage work.

The book takes us through the ups and downs of their journey, and we get to meet the entire community of Port Promise, feeling like a welcomed newcomer.

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A beautifully emotional book about losing everything, but then putting yourself back together piece by piece.

Thank you, Tilly Tennant, Bookouture, & netgalley for my copy! All opinions are my own.

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This book is the third book in the series. It can be read as a standalone novel but I suggest reading the previous books first.
This is a lovely heartwarming read but has lots of family secrets and drama too.
I really enjoyed reading this book and I hope that there are more books in this series.
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for my ARC.

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Here we are at book three in the Lifeboat Sisters series by Tilly Tennant and I really don’t want it to end as I have thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful trilogy. I’ve loved being able to read the three books in more or less quick succession as there have been short intervals between publication of each book and therefore the details are so fresh in my mind. I’m sad that this is the last book set in Port Promise as I have loved each book from beginning to end and in fact I want more if at all possible please Tilly. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the first two books as each is easily read as a standalone as they follow a different Morrow sister. Plenty of background detail is given and if I was coming new to book three I wouldn’t have felt confused. But do yourself a favour and do read the previous two books as they really are brilliant and quite possibly the best books that Tilly Tennant has written so far. Although A Very Vintage Christmas is one of her previous books that I will always love and treasure.

A Secret for the Lifeboat Sisters sees oldest Morrow sister Gaby finally have the chance to share her story. The book has a very dramatic opening that leaves you with your heart in your mouth. You are left thinking how can things be left like that. Don’t leave the reader in suspense like that but then at the same time there are lots of questions arising which have you pondering how did Gaby and her husband Killian reach that point of distress and anger on Flag Day (the annual fundraiser for the lifeboat crew as organised by Gaby)? It was literally edge of your seat stuff but to discover the answers to all my questions and also what would happen after that shocking opening, Tilly takes us back several months and the story begins to unfold. The plot was brilliant and there were lots of shocks, revelations, doubts, misunderstandings and resentment to explore and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. In fact, I was trying to slow down my reading because I didn’t want to leave the setting and characters but at the same time, I wanted answers.

Gaby has been the sister who has to me seemed a very closed book compared to Ava and Clara. She is married to Killian and has two young children Fern and Elijah. She is so together and always on top of her game and could turn her hand to organising anything and it would be done to perfection. But in this story we see her start to crumble and waver in her strength and when her marriage comes under scrutiny and testing times she becomes more open and exposes her vulnerabilities which she hasn’t been able to do before. No one previously ever felt the need to offer her support as it appeared as if she was a pillar of strength. She gave them the courage, durability and advice that they needed. But now that Gaby is venturing into stormy weathers when a secret Killian has been keeping is exposed, is she ready to be the one that seeks advice and sustenance?

Gaby is the one who holds everything together through the good times and bad and especially after the Morrow family lost their father Jack at sea during a lifeboat rescue. But now with the truth of what Killian has been keeping secret she starts to flounder and feels all alone. She believes her life was all just a sham that never having been able to project how she truly feels that how can she turn around and do this now when she believes the worst has befallen her? Killian remains cool and distant especially after a troubling rescue at sea. Gaby is used to winning and getting what she wants and getting to the bottom of any conundrum or issue that stood in her way. But now that she is doubting Killian and he won’t talk to her, her mind starts to race and she thinks all kind of things until the revelation comes forth.It is surprising and I can totally understand why Gaby reacted in the manner in which she did but because both herself and Killian are so stubborn and never back down in an argument I wondered could they ever solve their problems?

There are numerous events sent to test Gaby and Killian’s relationship to the max and none more so than in the form of Lloyd. He is the new owner of Betty’s café and he has very strong plans for its future. He certainly riles Gaby up with his plans to turn the café into an upmarket restaurant which would challenge Cormac’s (Clara’s partner) fish shack. Lloyd comes across as arrogant and obnoxious and he loves stirring things up. There is plenty of verbal sparring between himself and Gaby and he really can’t see that Port Promise is a community where everyone is supportive and there for one another. He wants to muscle in with his out of town, well to do attitude and it really doesn’t go down well. I thought the incident with Gaby and Lloyd further on in the book was well written and really helped bind the strands of the story together. A different side to Lloyd was revealed but still I didn’t really feel in any way enamoured to him at all. But yet this incident was sent to test Gaby And whilst you are reading you hope it is a much needed wake up call for her. That she can try to separate things out and see a clear path to Killian and a way to attempt to try and sort their problems if this is at all possible.

Tilly Tennant gave us the perfect ending to A Secret to the Lifeboat Sisters. I loved how we got to see how everyone from the series was doing and there were aspects which certainly brought a smile to my face. There are so many emotions as you read through the book involving all the characters and I just totally immersed myself in Gaby’s story. I found by the end my opinion of her from the earlier books had completely changed which was surprising. The series has been entertaining and there were never any lulls. With such a beautiful, realistic setting, superb characters and a brilliant homage paid to the work of the lifeboat services, all of which is voluntary, all these elements combined to make the perfect read. Tilly Tennant, you’ll have some job topping this series in my eyes anyway.

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This is the third book in this series and I hope it wont be the last. Plenty of twists and turns as Gaby tells her story. This can be a standalone book but it is lovely as a series. 5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and publisher for this ARC

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Review for 'A Secret For The Lifeboat Sisters'' by Tilly Tennant.

Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Tilly Tennant, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous

Publication date 12th October 2023.

This is the sixth book I have read by this author. It is also the third book in 'The Lifeboat Sisters' series. I have previously read 'The Hotel At Honeymoon Station', 'The Cafe At Marigold Marina', 'My Best Friend's Wedding', 'A Home At Cornflower Cottage' and 'The Lifeboat Sisters' (the first book in this series) which I would also highly recommend!!

This novel consists of 21 chapters. The chapters are short to medium in length so easy to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case!

Congratulations Tilly on yet another absolutely stunning page turning read!!!

Yet another absolutely stunning escapism page turner by the extremely talented Tilly!!! Her fantastic and evocative writing skills will pick you up and sweep you away to the stunning Cornish village of Port Promise leaving you smelling the sea air, feeling the waves splash on your skin and warm your heart throughout!!! I was completely invested and immersed in the storyline and was absolutely devastated when I came to the end and realised I had to unpack my suitcase and return to rainy Wales. The scenery, atmosphere, village and characters all came to life around me and I am absolutely landed that this book is just the first in what promises to be a gorgeous series!!! What an absolutely gorgeous addition to this stunning series it is too!!! An absolute emotional rollercoaster coaster ride of emotions from laughter to heartbreak, joy to devastation, anger to bliss and everything in between!!! The storyline is filled with tragedy, romance, friendship, family, guilt, bravery and everything you could ever ask for in an amazing page turner!!! I gave up counting how many times I told myself one more chapter just to HAVE to know what happened next as this happened over and over until I ended up devouring the whole book in one sitting!!! I loved learning more about the RNLI and the amazing work that they do. The fact that Tilly has done her research absolutely shone through in each of the pages which Tilly did an amazing job of weaving into a beautiful storyline. A huge congratulations to Tilly!!!! There is nothing worse than a book littered with mistakes as the author hasn't don't their research but you've done a fantastic job! This would make an absolutely gorgeous movie that I would love to see made!!! This book is a stunning page turner which will have you feeling warm and fuzzy inside at times and yet screaming and shouting at certain people at other times. The atmosphere was gorgeous and I loved the setting. It made this book a perfect fire place read anywhere and anytime from on the beach in the middle of the day or curled up in fire in the middle of the night. The characters were are well defined, strong and realistic. I became completely invested in each and every one of them and I am devastated this is the last book in this trilogy and am hoping Tilly is busy writing her next book whatever that may be!! I would love to see this series turned into a movie I would be the first in line to watch it!!

Although this is the third book in the series I had would have had absolutely no problems reading it without the others. Any details or events that have previously happened are mentioned in just the right amount of detail to let a new reader know what has happened and yet not too much to bore a previous reader.

Well done Tilly on yet another stunning book!!! This is exactly why you are one of my favourite authors and here's to your next success 🥂!!!

Make sure you read to the very end of the book to read the first chapter of Tilly's 'The Little Village Bakery' which promises to be just as gorgeous as this book and is one I'm definitely looking forward to reading myself!!!

Overall a stunning emotional romance that will sweep you off your feet and take you on a gorgeous break away.

361 pages.

This book is just £1.99 to purchase on kindle, free with kindle unlimited and £9.99 in paperback (at time of review) via Amazon which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!!

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I have really enjoyed all three books in the series I must say! Book three is written from the eldest sisters POV, Gaby. In the previous two books, Gaby seemed to have it all together. Every single strand of hair was in place, the type of person who ironed her sheets and underwear, the family organiser hanging on the fridge with all members of the family having a column. You know, THAT together. So, in this instalment, Gaby's feathers were a bit ruffled and, in all honesty, I could see why. There's only so long one person can keep it together for without reaching their limit.

I do think that Gaby was playing with fire in the story by trying to make her husband jealous, especially with the way that she went about it. However, I also think that Kilian was in the wrong big time for keeping such a big secret from his wife. It doesn't matter whether the family couldn't do anything about it by changing it, because what mattered was the trust between them and he broke that. He should have told her, and the fact that he admitted he wasn't going to tell her at all was shocking. I know I'm speaking a little in riddles, but because of spoilers I don't want to say too much!

It took something rather serious for Gaby to realise that she didn't want to be apart from her husband, which is a shame although it often happens with reality checks and what not.

I think I say this in every review I write for a Tilly Tennant novel, yet I'm going to say it again - I ADORE her books. They are the perfect escape! This book was no different, I literally read it in one sitting (a mere 2.5 hours) and I was gutted when it came to an end. There was something so wholesome about the Morrow family and everything they stood for, plus I loved getting to know each of the sisters and watching them pave their own life. I would love to see a book written from Mother Morrow's point of view, I reckon it would be such an insightful read given what she's been through with her husband - I think it would be lovely to learn more about what makes her tick as a person instead of just knowing her as the mother if you catch my drift.

If you haven't read any of the Lifeboat Sisters books, I urge you to rethink that pronto. Even though the books are centred around some rather hard hitting situations, I think that it was done in a way that was super poignant and thought provoking, without tarring any emotion or event.

'A Secret for the Lifeboat Sisters' is a story that proves that, regardless of how polished you look, how together you think you might be, unless you're happy and confident within yourself, you'll never be your true, authentic self. Who cares what people think? As long as you are happy with your life then that's all that matters, and Gaby really drove that home. Yes, she faced bumps along the way, however she needed to come across those to see whether things were worth fighting for.

A huggable, thought provoking, addictive novel that left me feeling at peace with my flaws, and gave my soul a much needed hug.

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I love this series and absolutely adore the 'lifeboat sisters'. This is the third book on the series by Tennant and I'm hoping that it's not going to be the last we hear of the Morrow's.

It was great to return to Port Promise Bay and its residents, it feels like going home to catch up with old friends, they're such familiar faces now. The characters and their stories have been so easy to become emotionally invested in throughout the series.

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Tilly made me cry again! I don’t know how she does it, not many authors have this effect! I loved this third book in the series, and this time the story is Gaby’s, the eldest Morrow sister and perhaps the most serious.

Once again we return to Port Promise, a small town on the coast which revolves around the lifeboat station, its crew members and their families. All families have dramas, but right now, Killian, Gaby’s husband, is bringing his drama right into the middle of his family and who knows whether they can come back from it. Only time will tell.

I can’t express enough how addictive and warm these last three books from Tilly have been. I am considering myself a part of Port Promise life now and if I could up sticks and join them all tomorrow, I would do. Almost everyone tries to be warm and welcoming to an outsider, and I think I’d fit in pretty well there. I wonder if they have a bookshop? I could totally open a bookshop by the seaside, with maybe a small coffee shop at the back to replace Betty’s!

Although part of a series, this book could definitely be read as a standalone, but honestly, you need to read all of them. I don’t think anyone would ever have enough Port Promise in their lives.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read and review A Secret for the Lifeboat Sisters by Tilly Tennant.

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This was such a lovely book and it has such a strong message, one that we’ve all probably heard in various ways – you don’t know what you got until its gone (or almost gone). It’s a reminder that we should live every day to the fullest and not to keep secrets from those that we love. Truth and honesty may be difficult, and sometimes it may hurt, but it really is the best way. Especially for these characters. Marriage is never easy, but secrets make it harder.

A new character is introduced in this third installment in this series, Lloyd. I was and probably still am a little skeptical about him. But all of the other characters that we have met in book 1 and 2 are present and it was nice to be reunited with them. While this book focuses on Gaby, I do appreciate that the other characters don’t just make a small appearance but they are central adjacent to the storyline.

I did shed some tears at some point, so get your tissues ready if you’re a big mush like me. It was a pleasure to read this book and I would recommend it!

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Gaby Morrow loves her life at Port Promise Bay with the breathtaking turquoise sea lapping at the shore. Living in Thistledown Cottage is exactly where she wants to be with her husband and two children. But things soon change, her happy life and happy marriage is not as it appears. Her husband Killian leaves for work on the lifeboats, or so he says. Gaby wants to believe Killian but deep down inside she knows he is lying to her. When Gaby receives the call she never wanted, she knows Killian’s rescue mission has gone terribly wrong. Her sister’s help her through the most horrible time of her life, but how will her life be and is she strong enough to keep her family together?

A Secret for the Lifeboat Sisters by author Tilly Tennant is the third installment in The Lifeboat Sisters Series. I was so excited to return to beautiful Port Promise Bay. This amazing book is Gaby and Jillian’s story. I was completely enthralled with this story from beginning to end. This rapid read kept me totally engaged with the characters. I felt connected to Gaby and what she had to go through. The plot twist and turns kept me flipping pages at a rapid rate. If you’re looking for a great escape to Port Promise Bay, and a story filled with unconditional love, this is the book to read. This is a wonderful addition to this amazing series that can be enjoyed as a standalone. I loved everything about this book and I highly recommend it.

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✨My Thoughts✨

Thanks to the publisher for my place on the copy and I copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I was delighted to back with the Lifeboat Sisters, this third book is all about Gaby.

This really is one of my favourite book series that the author and publisher has done, it’s got everything you could imagine you’d want from a book and then some little extras that make the books just magical.

I think the RNLI aspect really makes it special too.

What I wasn’t expecting from Gaby’s story was the shocking events in chapter 1! I was so unnerved, after chapter one the story goes back to 8 months earlier so we get to found out the events that led up to what happened in chapter 1.

I can’t give too much away but this was jam packed with the ups and downs of married life, village life and so much love it’ll make you’re heart SO FULL, it’s a tonic when you’re having a bad day.

We get some new faces and new beginnings for our favourite characters, it was magical

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This is the third book in the lifeboat sisters series and I was excited to be back in the small town of Port Promise. While the previous two books focussed on her younger sisters, in this book Gaby is working on her marriage to Killian as a secret from Killian's past threatens to tear them apart.

This was a heartwarming read and I loved catching up with the Morrow sisters and the people of Port Promise. Tilly's writing is simple as she covers real life issues and events that can happen to any of us. Gaby and Killian were mature enough to put their marriage first and I was happy to see them fall in love all over again.

Thank you @bookouture for having me on the #booksontour and @netgalley for providing me with a digital ARC to read and review.

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I have thoroughly enjoyed the Lifeboat Sisters series of books and feel like I have got to know the entire family, accompanying them through the ups and down of their lives and relationships. This time it’s eldest sister Gabby’s turn to have her story told.
Although the book mainly focussed on Gabby and her relationship with her husband, Killian, I really like the fact that familiar characters appear throughout the book and we get to continue to know about the lives & loves of the other two sisters as I felt invested in their relationships by the end of their stories.
I did find aspects of this book frustrating and found myself mentally shouting ‘talk to each other / him’ as Gabby struggled with her relationship. This, however ,shows how immersed I was in the storyline as I thoroughly enjoy Tilly Tennant’s writing.
This was perhaps my least favourite of the series but it was still an enjoyable read.

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