It's the year 2000, and twenty-four-year-old Kate moves into a new apartment to find a new state of independence in the new millennium. Almost immediately, she starts crushing on a hot guy who lives in her building. Deciding to take a break from her boyfriend Dexter, Kate believes the only thing now seperating her from the fresh object of her sexual fantasies is the thin wall between their neighbouring apartments.
A former 1920s hotel, Camden Court has housed many lonely lives over the decades - and is where a number of them have come to die. They're not all resting, however, including ninety-year-old Olive, who dropped dead in Kate's apartment and continues to make her presence known.
For Olive has a secret she's dying to tell. One linking her to the sex, scandal, and sacrifice of a young dreamer named Lon. As the past haunts the present, Kate's romantic notion that the thrill-of-the-chase beats the reality-after-the-catch unexpectedly entwines her modern-day love life with Lon's Jazz Age tragedy.
With a little supernatural and a lotta' razzle-dazzle, Seven for a Secret is where historical fiction meets contemporary rom-com- from the Roaring Twenties when the "New Woman" was born, to the modern Noughties when she really came of age.
A few weeks ago you may have seen my promo post for Seven for A Secret by Rumer Haven and now I have had the time to read it and boy, did I love it. This book has it all, love, anguish, mystery and a bit of the paranormal.
This book is told in two POV's and storylines. The first is set in the year 2000 and focuses on Kate and her arrival in her new studio flat which she comes to find out is haunted by the ghost of its former resident, Olive. However, it's not just Kate's studio that is haunted, the whole building is filled with the ghosts of former residents of times gone by.
The second story is set in the roaring 1920s and tells the story of Eva Hughes, her impending marriage and steamy love affair with the man she truly loves and wants to be with, Alonzo Ashby, or Lonnie/Lon as she affectionately calls him.
Both of these storylines seamlessly knit together with connections between the modern day inhabitants of the building and the past inhabitants. The whole way through I was trying to guess who was connected to who, how and why because I knew everyone had a link somewhere and I wasn't disappointed. When I got to the climax of the book I couldn't put it down. I just had to know what happened and it definitely didn't happen the way I'd expected it to. There a major twist that's very hard to see coming!
I have to say, I think I preferred the story set in the 1920s than the 2000s. Not that I didn't enjoy the modern day story, but I enjoyed losing myself in the kind of world I had never known more. Where family obligations and ties meant more than being able to be with the true love of your life. Where things we now view as ordinary ways of life, had to be hidden in the shadows and away from prying eyes.
I usually give little ins on what happens in a book I've read, but this time I really don't want to. This book is best gone into totally blind and unaware of anything that is going to happen because it makes the mystery of these lost connections more intense and enjoyable.