Publisher: Orca Books
Released: September 29th, 2015
Source: Ebook review copy from publisher
Fake courage is better than no courage at all.
Toni has always had nightmares about fire, and she also has burn scars but no idea how she got them. So when fire destroys the orphanage she has grown up in, she is ready to make her way to Toronto, where she hopes to discover the truth about the mother she believes hurt and then abandoned her. Toronto proves to be both daunting and exciting for Toni, whose charm and innocence attract attention—not always positive—wherever she goes. Buoyed by the music she hears at the folk club where she finds a job, and encouraged by her glamorous landlady, Toni unearths shocking information that contradicts everything she believes and makes her re-evaluate what she feels for all the new people in her life.
Out of all the orphans in the Secrets series, Toni is the one I felt the most for. She’s just so sweet and really, REALLY innocent and that doesn’t always bode well for her. She doesn’t really have the ability to read people well, and that can get you into some really sticky situations. She has some great new friends looking out for her, and that made all the difference. Without their help and support, this would have been a much different story.
Most of the girls in the series have no memory of their parents or life before the orphanage, but this isn’t the case with Toni. It was interesting to read about what she remembered and her slant on it and what actually happened. It’s a huge eye opener for Toni, and a great learning lesson.
I’m a huge music fan, so the musical elements in the book just make me happy. They also offer some lighter moments balancing out the rest of the story. Toni’s optimism and compulsion to quickly find out who her father is also leads to some fun scenes.
This was a quick, engaging read for me and I was almost sad when it was over. A great book that fits in nicely with the series.