One abandoned baby. Two sisters with a secret. One chance to rewrite the past.
Over seventy years have passed since sisters Rose and Connie Doughty found an abandoned baby near their home on the island Scribbly Gum. With no one to take care of it, Rose and Connie took the baby in as their own.
Since then the ‘Munro Baby Mystery’ has brought fame and fortune, putting Scribbly Gum on the tourist map, especially for the island’s annual celebration.
But now, with Connie dead and outsider Sophie Honeywell about to move into her home, Rose begins to wonder if they made the right decision all those years ago. How much longer can they cover up the lie that has sustained their community for generations? And what other secrets are about to be revealed?
I’ve read a couple of books by this author now and my interest was piqued when I read the book description for this one. With the others being quite dark, I do admit to kind of expecting something slightly different but once I settled into it, I really enjoyed it.
The descriptions of Scribbly Gum Island was just so picturesque. Only a handful of houses and only able to be reached by boat, it sounded bliss. If Sophie hadn’t have wanted to move there, I would have been first in the queue to bite her hand off to go live there myself as it just sounded so wonderful.
As much as I was interested in finding out more abut the Munroe baby mystery, the characters and their lives really stand out in this story. Grace was someone who really interested me and my heart went out to her also. Sophie is definitely a wonderful character and her love life brings a lot of humour into the story. She hasn’t had much luck on that front but it really makes for some enjoyable reading.
The Last Anniversary is very much about family, relationships as well as secrets. It covers topics like post natal depression of which I thought the author handled really well. I have to admit to being slightly disappointed by the mystery revelation but I think that’s more my own fault as I read lots of psychological thrillers with big twists and for some reason was expecting there to be one. Setting that part to one side though, this really is an enjoyable book that will intrigue and entertain its reader.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
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