Earlier this month, to celebrate the launch of The Saturday Secret, Linda Huber was kind enough to provide a guest post for Linda’s Book Bag that you can read here. She also kindly sent me a copy of The Saturday Secret in return for an honest review.
The Saturday Secret
The Saturday Secret and other Stories is a collection of fifteen tales of life, love, and family – perfect for a coffee-break! Previously published in UK national magazines, the stories are about relationships within the family and without – some are humorous, some bittersweet; all are upbeat and emotional.
The Party Partners Belinda and Phillip have fun at weddings, engagement parties and all sorts of celebrations. But anything more personal was out of the question – or was it?
Family Matters Gary shares Sharon’s dream of having children – but as far as he’s concerned, it’s something for the future.
Corinna’s Big Day It was the most important day in baby Corinna’s life, but for Madge, it was one of the saddest…
Lucky for Some You might say drawing number 13 in the cycle rally was bad luck. You might say falling off was bad luck, too. But Hilary knew better!
Patiently Waiting Mike woke up after his operation and saw the girl of his dreams. The problem was the engagement ring she wore on a chain round her neck…
The Saturday Secret What was she up to? The whole family wanted to know! But Gran wasn’t telling…
My Review of The Saturday Secret
The Saturday Secret contains 15 stories that can each be read in under 15 minutes.
What a delightful selection of stories this is. There’s no violence or cynicism, just pure entertainment. Reading The Saturday Secret was rather like slipping into comfortable slippers after a day in heels, or sinking into a blissful bubble bath to ease away the strains of the day and I really enjoyed the read.
I particularly enjoyed the uplifting nature of the stories. Even though each takes only 10 minutes or so to read, Linda Huber manages to introduce realistic and human characters facing tough choices, difficult problems or challenging situations. Given that The Saturday Secret stories were originally written for women’s magazines, it comes as no surprise that each is resolved with a happy ending, but this added to the appeal for me. I had just read a very intense book followed by a very graphic one and these stories were the perfect antidote, being light, entertaining and positive.
I also really appreciated the variety of story. Writing with an effortless grace, Linda Huber conveys both male and female perspectives equally well and covers a huge range of themes from the need for a child in an infertile couple to the impact an animal can make in a life. The reader encounters love in many forms.
With the profits from The Saturday Secret going to charity, the lovely quality of the writing and the entertaining nature of the stories, I heartily recommend The Saturday Secret.
About Linda Huber
Linda grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years being a full-time mum to two boys and a rescue dog.
Linda’s writing career began in the nineties, and since then she’s had over fifty short stories and articles published, as well as five psychological suspense novels. Her books are set in places she knows well – Cornwall (childhood holidays), The Isle of Arran (teenage summers), Yorkshire (visiting family), as well as Bedford and Manchester (visiting friends).
After spending large chunks of the current decade moving house, she has now settled in a beautiful flat on the banks of Lake Constance in north-east Switzerland, where she’s working on another suspense novel.