I received a complimentary copy of SAFE IN MY ARMS by Sara Shephard. Thank you to the author and to Dutton Books!
Rating: 4 / 5
SAFE IN MY ARMS follows three young mothers as they begin a new year with the Siler Swans preschool. It is only the welcome breakfast and already they’re feeling the pressure of this expensive school and the expectations of the other mothers. Andrea, Lauren, and Ronnie recognize in each other the potential to be friends, each feeling a bit of an ‘outsider’ in this environment.
Each of these women has secrets they’re trying to keep under wraps and issues in their life that makes them feel different. When each gets messages that make them feel their the target of someone’s campaign to get them out, they each fear that someone knows their truths. When Silver Swan’s principal is attacked, the women are at the suspect list so they must find out the truth behind Silver Swan’s secrets.
Once I got going in this book, I didn’t want to put it down. Each of our main characters in the shifting points of view has shadows in their past that color their present day and I think the author did a fantastic job of layering in and revealing those secrets as the story unfolds. I was hooked to find out what was going on with the principal’s often bizarre behavior too and the author gave us very intriguing snippets of her perspective as well.
In addition to the twisty ride this book provided which I loved, I also loved the friendship that forms between Andrea, Lauren, and Ronnie. On paper they maybe don’t make sense, but they bond quickly over feeling different among the Silver Swans set and do a fantastic job of sticking up for each other as secrets begin to come to light.
This was a very fun read with some twists I didn’t expect. SAFE IN MY ARMS is available now!