The Secret Notebook by Julia Wild

Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to read and review this book, and to One More Chapter for a digital review copy of the book.


When Izzie Dean’s beloved nan, Molly Blackshaw, passes away, Izzie returns to the Blackpool bungalow where she grew up, to say goodbye once and for all. When Izzie’s homecoming reunites her with her first love, Justin Swift, every emotion that Izzie has repressed since the day he broke her heart comes rushing to the surface. But then an unexpected discovery changes everything.

Between the pages of the battered secret diary Molly kept during WWII, Izzie discovers a story of love, heartbreak, and the incomparable hardship of life in a world at war. Reading her grandmother’s words soon puts her own story into perspective, and suddenly Izzie realises that the only thing holding her back from happiness, might be herself. Now she just has to convince Justin that they deserve a second chance at forever…

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Publication Date: 8th July

My thoughts:

As regular readers of my book blog know, I enjoy reading about the lives of people during the Second World War.

Izzie discovers the wartime diary of her grandmother Molly after her death, and starts to find out how the war years changed Molly’s life in ways that Izzie hadn’t expected or been aware of.

Izzie is dealing with major changes in her own life after the death of her husband, and meets her ex-boyfriend Justin, who she believes stood her up without knowing the true story.

As Izzie and Justin become friends again and share Molly’s story, can they uncover the secrets from each generation and put the past behind them?

I enjoyed the story, set close to the home of my aunt and uncle when I was a child. Wartime Blackpool was brought to life and I enjoyed discovering Molly’s story from her secret notebook. Happy to recommend to readers of my blog.

Author Bio –     

Lancashire born, I moved to Bedfordshire in the late seventies, married and started a family. I’m a past Hon Sec of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, have been a member since 1993 when I joined their New Writers’ Scheme as a probationer. That came about after winning a week’s historical writing course on the strength of the first chapter of my third Poldark-era romance. The tutor on the last day loved the story and handed me details of the Romantic Novelists’ Association – she said I absolutely must join as they would be able to help me towards publication. 

Some four years later my first published book, Dark Canvas, won the RNA’s New Writer’s Award in 1997, the sixth, Illusions, won the RNA’s Romance Prize in 2003.

After working in the local library service for 18 years, during library cut-backs I took the leap to become self-employed as a writer and worked on releasing my backlist as eBooks for Kindle. 

Most recently, I’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing Charlotte Ledger when she pulled me from the writing wilderness and have now signed a three-book deal with One More Chapter.

Social Media Links –    

Twitter:                                    @juliawildauthor

Instagram:                                juliawildauthor



By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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