Reading roundup 28/10/20

Apologies in advance: this will be a very short post because I have only read one book this week and also I have been very ill for a couple of days and cannot concentrate.

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

The book was The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott. Here is the blurb:

A banned masterpiece. Two female spies. A book that changed history.


1956. A celebrated Russian author is writing a book, Doctor Zhivago, which could spark dissent in the Soviet Union. The Soviets, afraid of its subversive power, ban it.

But in the rest of the world it’s fast becoming a sensation.


The CIA plans to use the book to tip the Cold War in its favour.

Their agents are not the usual spies, however. Two typists – the charming, experienced Sally and the talented novice Irina – are charged with the mission of a lifetime: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago back into Russia by any means necessary.


It will not be easy. There are people willing to die for this book – and agents willing to kill for it. But they cannot fail – as this book has the power to change history.

And here is the four star review that I posted on the Goodreads website:

The Secrets We KeptThe Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t really know how to classify this intriguing and mysterious book. There are elements of a thriller, romance, espionage and even chick lit, all bound up in an interesting read. I will admit I struggled with the beginning of the book and found it quite hard to get a grip on what was happening, but eventually I began to understand the structure and became immersed in the unfolding story. The different timelines and characters emerged as the book developed.

I must admit that I haven’t read Dr Zhivago but have only seen the film. In the end, I don’t think that this really matters and there is no way that I could tackle the famous book now.

In conclusion, I am pleased that I chose this book in one of my random browsings of the Library’s ebook offer. It was so different to my usual selections and was really worth the persevering through the early stages.

View all my reviews

As I haven’t started another book yet (I am not capable of reading as My concentration levels are so low), I cannot give you any hints about next week’s Reading Roundup post. I hope that my health improves enough so that I can get stuck into a book again soon!

Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,



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