Hi guys, welcome! Today I am going to review True to Me by Kay Bratt. Sorry for being absent from blogosphere for so long. I last posted Friday last week but it was actually prescheduled so in reality I have been absent from blogsphere since Wednesday, I haven’t read any new blog posts since nor have I replied to any comments, I am really sorry for that. Actually I went out of town for few days and then I had my cousin’s wedding so it had been really hectic 10 days. But I wouldn’t talk about all this any longer, I don’t want to bore you, so without much further ado lets get started with the review.
True to Me by Kay Bratt
Published on: December 10th 2019
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genres: General Fiction(Adult), Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
From the bestselling author of Wish Me Home comes a breathtaking novel about the secrets that families keep and one woman’s illuminating search for the truth.
Quinn Maguire has a stable life, a fiancé, and what she thinks is a clear vision for her future. All of that comes undone by her mother’s deathbed confession—the absentee father Quinn spent thirty years resenting is not her real father at all. With that one revealing whisper, Quinn embarks on a journey to Maui, her mother’s childhood home, a storied paradise that holds the truth about her mother’s past and all its secrets Quinn is determined to uncover.
But settling on the island has its complications, and with the fiancé she left behind questioning every choice she makes, Quinn’s quest for her truth is even more difficult than she expected. As time passes and she digs deeper into her family history and her own identity, one thing becomes clear: Maui is as beautiful as she’d always imagined, and its magic is helping uncover the woman that Quinn was always meant to be.
“I received a free copy of True to Me from the Publisher through Netgalley”
WHAT DID I LIKE ABOUT TRUE TO ME?
True to Me is a story of self discovery, it is the story of finding your roots and realising where you belong, what you want and what you don’t want. This was a very heart warming and beautiful story.
The first thing that stood out for me in this book was the main charcter Quinn. She was very relatable. Quinn could be my sister, my friend, anyone actually, it could even be me. Quinn was a very well written character and so very relatable. There were plenty other characters that I loved like Kapuna, Maria and Maggie. There was also Aunty Wang and little Alani, I loved them too.
True to Me is set in picturesque location of Maui, Hawaii. The different locations of Maui was beautifully described, not just the beach and the ocean but other sight seeing location were also described. I won’t say that they were described in a lot of details but it was described well enough that I was filled with longing to go there.
Kay Bratt incorporated some things of Hawaiin and also a little chinese culture into this novel. I really enjoyed knowing about these two different cultures.
I think the most mind blowing part of the book was the mystery surrounding Quinn’s father. The way it unfolded in the end, oh my God!!! that was one big twist. I never expected the mystery of Quinn’s father to turn out like that. The last 30% of the book was where this mystery unfolded and I feel that this was the best part of the book.
WHAT DID I NOT LIKE ABOUT TRUE TO ME?
I have mixed feelings about one of the main side characters Liam, though he was very sweet and caring, I felt that he was just too perfect for my liking. He just didn’t have any flaws. I like characters with some flaws, little flaws would have made him more human like. He was made a epitome of perfect man. I can’t relate to these characters.
The second half of first 50% of the book got very slow, I got really frustrated in this part and I won’t lie I once even thought of DNFing. Only predictable things were happening in this part and also I was getting really irritated by Liam, he got really annoying. Thankfully the pace picked up and Liam got less annoying and after that I really enjoyed the rest of the book. So this was my second problem with the book.
Another problem I had with this book was with Ethan, he was shown only in bad light without any redeeming characteristics. Unlike Liam, Ethan was shown as an epitome of asshole. I was so impressed by Quinn, Maria, Kapuna, Maggie and other characters, I just wish that Ethan and Liam also turned this good, they felt a bit too flat for me.
I had some issues with True to me but it was also a great read, it was heartwarming and it also had a awesome twist at the end. So I think True to me is a book I would definitely recommend. I wouldn’t say that True to Me surpassed my expectations but it definitely met them.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?
YES, I would recommend True to Me.