Her Secret Son

Her Secret Son

How far would you go to protect the ones you love…when they may not be yours to protect?When Josh’s longtime partner, Grace, dies in a tragic accident, he is left with a mess of grief—and full custody of her seven-year-old son, Logan. While not his biological father, Josh has been a dad to Logan in every way that counts, and with Grace gone, Logan needs him more than ever...

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Title:Her Secret Son
Author:Hannah Mary McKinnon
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Her Secret Son Reviews

  • Berit☀️✨

    How far are you willing to go for the ones you love? Hannah Mary McKinnon has written an addictive tension filled story that kept me on my toes. This is one of those books that you want to make sure you make time for before picking up, because you’re not going to want to put it down. Imagine this... Your significant other dies leaving you with the responsibility of taking care of her seven-year-old son Logan. You are young so you never made arrangements as to guardianship in case she died, but i

    How far are you willing to go for the ones you love? Hannah Mary McKinnon has written an addictive tension filled story that kept me on my toes. This is one of those books that you want to make sure you make time for before picking up, because you’re not going to want to put it down. Imagine this... Your significant other dies leaving you with the responsibility of taking care of her seven-year-old son Logan. You are young so you never made arrangements as to guardianship in case she died, but is there more to it than that? As you start looking for necessary paperwork you begin to discover things were not quite as they seemed, and your significant other had been keeping some huge secrets from you... huge! That is the situation that Josh finds himself in thinking he never knew the woman he loved Grace, at all. Determined to piece things together Josh finds himself in a small town full of secrets and despair.

    Really like Josh, I really felt for him throughout this entire story, what a terrible position to find yourself in. The bond he and Logan shared was so sweet and I definitely was hoping that they would end the story as father and son. Josh really had an amazing support system in his sister and best friend, seriously we all need cheerleaders like this behind us! I was all in, furiously turning the pages, needing to know answers to the questions, but then a few things happened that unsettled me a bit. Josh made a questionable decision that didn’t sit well with me. And then the ending... I still am not quite sure what to think. A lot of people had to do a lot of wrong things for that book to have ended the way it did. Surprising? Absolutely! Definitely did not see it coming. Do I recommend the book? Definitely! It was a extremely compelling read, that I am still thinking about days later. For me those are signs of a good book!

    *** thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book ***

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Josh’s girlfriend of many years, Grace, dies in a tragic accident leaving her seven-year-old son, Logan, to Josh. While not tied biologically, they need each other.

    Josh begins the process of adopting Logan, and he has difficulty finding the necessary paperwork. Grace may have been hesitant to have Josh adopt Logan for some other reasons.

    Josh doesn’t give up trying to find out about Logan and Grace’s past, and as he does, he uncovers bigger secrets, dark ones, concerning L

    Josh’s girlfriend of many years, Grace, dies in a tragic accident leaving her seven-year-old son, Logan, to Josh. While not tied biologically, they need each other.

    Josh begins the process of adopting Logan, and he has difficulty finding the necessary paperwork. Grace may have been hesitant to have Josh adopt Logan for some other reasons.

    Josh doesn’t give up trying to find out about Logan and Grace’s past, and as he does, he uncovers bigger secrets, dark ones, concerning Logan.

    Her Secret Son is more of a domestic drama with a good mystery and suspense element. It kept me gripped because I was invested in the characters. I loved Logan and Josh’s adoration of him. I could feel it! There’s great tension throughout as you wonder what happened to Logan at the start of his life.

    Overall, Her Secret Son is a dramatic mystery that kept me guessing, and again, I loved the relationship dynamics portrayed.

    I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

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  • Larry H

    Suspenseful and poignant, this is a powerful look at what makes a family—genetics or love.

    Josh and Grace have been together for a number of years now. They’re deeply in love and Josh couldn’t love Grace’s seven-year-old son, Logan, any more if he were Josh’s biological child.

    When Grace dies in an accident, Josh’s life is turned upside down. Not only is he overcome with grief, but he needs to help Logan come to terms with his mother’s death. Given all the turmoil in both o

    Suspenseful and poignant, this is a powerful look at what makes a family—genetics or love.

    Josh and Grace have been together for a number of years now. They’re deeply in love and Josh couldn’t love Grace’s seven-year-old son, Logan, any more if he were Josh’s biological child.

    When Grace dies in an accident, Josh’s life is turned upside down. Not only is he overcome with grief, but he needs to help Logan come to terms with his mother’s death. Given all the turmoil in both of their lives, it seems like the perfect time for Josh to formally become Logan’s legal guardian. He and Grace had discussed it but something always seemed to get in the way. But as Josh searches for information on Logan’s birth, he is overwhelmed at what he uncovers about Grace, not to mention Logan.

    How can this be the woman he loved? He starts realizing that there were real reasons Grace never wanted to formalize his guardianship of Logan. But why? What kept her from revealing the truth to him?

    "If Dad had been there, he'd have talked in clichés, said I was completely

    and I should

    . Trouble was, over the years I'd found when those sleeping dogs eventually woke up, they'd grown into oversize, snarling beasts that bit me in the ass. The only way to tame them was to get in control, and that would happen only if I had more of the missing pieces to Grace and Logan's puzzle."

    Even though his life is rocked, he’ll do everything in his power to fight for Logan. He’ll stop at nothing—no matter what that means.

    There were lots of twists and turns in this book which kept me guessing. I didn’t love all of the decisions that Josh made, and there were one or two surprises that blindsided me. But at its core I couldn’t get enough of this story of love, emotion, grief, and the bond between father and son.

    Thanks to Kate Rock Book Tours, Hannah McKinnon, and MIRA for providing me a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)

    Josh and Grace have been partners since Logan was two, he's now seven. Josh has wanted to get married to Grace and adopt Logan, however Grace always pushes it off. One day, Grace dies in a tragic accident outside their house. Josh is grieving but also knows he must take action to get legal guardianship of Logan before his Dad he's never met/>

    Josh and Grace have been partners since Logan was two, he's now seven. Josh has wanted to get married to Grace and adopt Logan, however Grace always pushes it off. One day, Grace dies in a tragic accident outside their house. Josh is grieving but also knows he must take action to get legal guardianship of Logan before his Dad he's never met, tries to take him away. However, as Josh starts trying to get all the paperwork in order he struggles to find what he needs. Where is Logan's birth certificate? Why aren't there any records of Logan as a baby anywhere? This is the moment Josh finds out Grace has been hiding some serious things from him. From here, he starts on his journey to find out the history of Logan and Grace but not within uncovering some serious and twisted secrets.

    The last ~50 pages of this book really brought me in and I could not stop reading it. I was definitely intrigued the entire time trying to figure out where Logan came from and the secrets Grace had been hiding. The beginning of the story was a lot of build up which I think is why it lost me. There was almost two much. Also, there's a few different story lines of what happened to Grace & Logan in the past but it was really obvious which one was going to be true.

    I did enjoy the emotions that came through in this book. I do not have children myself so I cannot imagine what it would be like to have a child die, stolen or losing a parent at any given time. Grief is tough and I think this book did a great job of showing the emotions that a parent/child (Dad/Son specifically in this book) go through when they're grieving a loss of the other parent. I loved that Josh would do anything for Logan, even though he's not biologically his father. They always say you don't need to necessarily be related by DNA to be a parent.

    Thank you to Suzy Approved Book tours and Mira books for my copy of this book!

  • Kaceey

    I may not have been the best match for this novel.

    Hannah Mary McKinnon's previous novel

    was brilliant! It’s sitting pretty and proudly on my favorites’ shelf. Let’s just say this one fell short of that same magic (for me).

    Josh’s life goes sideways after the sudden death of his partner of five years, Grace. He’s now left with the responsibility of raising Grace’s son Logan alone. It seems they never had the fore-sight to discuss guardianship or adoption. No arrangements

    I may not have been the best match for this novel.

    Hannah Mary McKinnon's previous novel

    was brilliant! It’s sitting pretty and proudly on my favorites’ shelf. Let’s just say this one fell short of that same magic (for me).

    Josh’s life goes sideways after the sudden death of his partner of five years, Grace. He’s now left with the responsibility of raising Grace’s son Logan alone. It seems they never had the fore-sight to discuss guardianship or adoption. No arrangements were ever made.

    For Logan’s well-being, Josh immediately begins the lengthy ordeal of securing guardianship. It’s during this process that troubling questions arise regarding exactly who Grace and Logan really are.

    I struggled through this one. The story-line and characters never held my interest. I found myself putting it down in favor of another book more than once.

    I am definitely in the minority on this one (with Susanne). There are many fantastic positive reviews so I hope you’ll enjoy.

    Will this stop me from reaching for Hannah Mary McKinnon's next novel? Absolutely not! My love of her previous book will keep me looking for that magic once again.

    A buddy read with Susanne!🌸

    Thank you to NetGalley , Harlequin-Mira and Hannah Mary McKinnon for an ARC to read and review

  • Kendall

    Let me start out by saying how much of a fan I am of Hannah Mary McKinnon!

    My goodness did I devour her first novel The Neighbors. I was SOOO excited to read her next novel Her Secret Son.

    I once again devoured this novel within a few days and was desperate to find out what would happen between Josh and seven year old Logan after the death of his wife/mother.

    So, unfortunately this one didn't work as well as The Neighbors for me. I felt it was a tad bit far fetched for me..

    Let me start out by saying how much of a fan I am of Hannah Mary McKinnon!

    My goodness did I devour her first novel The Neighbors. I was SOOO excited to read her next novel Her Secret Son.

    I once again devoured this novel within a few days and was desperate to find out what would happen between Josh and seven year old Logan after the death of his wife/mother.

    So, unfortunately this one didn't work as well as The Neighbors for me. I felt it was a tad bit far fetched for me... especially at the end. I found myself rolling my eyes a bit too much and just couldn't wrap my head around the reveal of the whole story.

    But, Hannah Mary McKinnon can write for days ladies and gentleman! That's what grabs me in with her! I also love her characters. I couldn't get enough of Logan, Josh, Logan's sister Lisa and Josh's best friend.

    I do have to say that once again I thought I had the reveal figured out but once again Mary knows how to pull her readers in and add that final twist/reveal.

    I may be in the minority on this one because I have seen many 4-5 stars for this one. I would definitely check this book out! :)

    3.25 stars rounded up :)

    Thank you so much to Hannah Mary McKinnon, Netgalley, and Harlequin/Mira for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

    Publication date: 5/28/19

    Published to Goodreads: 4/22/19

  • marilyn

    Grace, partner of five years, to Josh, and mother to seven year old Logan, dies in an accident. Sadly Grace was always hesitant to speak of Logan's first two years, before she met and partnered with Josh, so when Josh starts digging for documents and information about Logan's past, so that he can become Logan's legal guardian, at first Josh can't find any records. Deeper digging leads to finding paperwork that causes Josh to wonder what Grace was hiding and what lies she may have told. Recoverin

    Grace, partner of five years, to Josh, and mother to seven year old Logan, dies in an accident. Sadly Grace was always hesitant to speak of Logan's first two years, before she met and partnered with Josh, so when Josh starts digging for documents and information about Logan's past, so that he can become Logan's legal guardian, at first Josh can't find any records. Deeper digging leads to finding paperwork that causes Josh to wonder what Grace was hiding and what lies she may have told. Recovering alcoholic Josh is dealing with grief, a heartbroken and angry little boy, financial strain due to the loss of Grace's paycheck and now the thought that he might lose the little boy that he thought of as his son.

    The love between Josh and Logan is heartwarming and real. I also enjoyed getting to know Josh's sister and Josh's best friend, two of the many people who help Josh and Logan through the heartbreak of losing a mother and a partner. Josh embarks on a mission to find out Logan's past, something he feels he must do before he can move on and something he knows may mean losing Logan forever. My heart ached at his situation, a situation where the legal answer could mean a life of abuse and hardship for Logan, depending on what Josh's search revealed.

    I was very invested in this mystery and what would happen to Josh and Logan and the secrets Grace was hiding but once we get closer to finding out the secrets, things didn't hold together very well for me. So many people had to make so many weird, strange, dumb decisions to get to the resolution of the book that is just seemed way too far fetched in the end. The book is worth reading and each reader can decide for themselves how they feel about the ending of the book and I know others feel differently than I do because of the rave reviews I've read. This is my first book by Hannah Mary McKinnon and I plan to read more of her books in the future even though I had problems with the way the last part of the book came together.

    Thank you to Mira/HarperCollins and Edelweiss for this ARC.

  • Paulette

    I really enjoyed the premise of this story. Grace and Josh have been together for 5 years, when they meet Grace had a 2 year old son (Logan). Its just the three of them Josh, Grace and Logan. A tragic accident changes their lives forever, Grace dies and Josh is left to pickup the pieces.

    Josh has the support of his sister to help him get through losing Grace, she helps him with the funeral and helps with Logan. Grace and Josh were never married, Logan is not biologically his, but Josh

    I really enjoyed the premise of this story. Grace and Josh have been together for 5 years, when they meet Grace had a 2 year old son (Logan). Its just the three of them Josh, Grace and Logan. A tragic accident changes their lives forever, Grace dies and Josh is left to pickup the pieces.

    Josh has the support of his sister to help him get through losing Grace, she helps him with the funeral and helps with Logan. Grace and Josh were never married, Logan is not biologically his, but Josh loves Logan as he is his own son - he cant risk losing Logan too.

    Josh doesn't know much about Logan's dad, Grace always diverted away from talking about Logan's dad and where he came from. Josh decides to file for guardianship with his lawyer to protect his family. What he uncovers during this process, it not what he expected...... Grace had a lot of secrets when it came to Logan.

    I really enjoyed the first half of this book, the second half not as much, I'm not going to go into detail as I don't want to spoil it. It is an enjoyable book, I would be keen to read more from Hannah.

    I give this book 3 stars.

    Thank you to Edelweiss, Mira/HarperCollins for this ARC.

  • Susanne  Strong

    Remember those shows we used to watch in the 70-80’s after we got out of Junior High and High School? Those Afterschool and Schoolbreak Specials? Well “Her Secret Son” by Hannah Mary McKinnon reminded me of those. It was campy and far-fetched, yet I tore through it in a matter of hours desperate to find out what was going to happen to Josh and seven year-old Logan after everything in their lives fell apart. It was an interesting ride and while

    Remember those shows we used to watch in the 70-80’s after we got out of Junior High and High School? Those Afterschool and Schoolbreak Specials? Well “Her Secret Son” by Hannah Mary McKinnon reminded me of those. It was campy and far-fetched, yet I tore through it in a matter of hours desperate to find out what was going to happen to Josh and seven year-old Logan after everything in their lives fell apart. It was an interesting ride and while I thought I had it figured out, I will say that I guessed wrong.

    I grabbed this book because I remembered loving the author’s prior novel, “The Neighbors.” Unfortunately for me, this one didn’t work quite as well. Where “The Neighbors” was compelling and suspenseful, “Her Secret Son” was overly dramatic. Admittedly my eyes couldn’t help but roll from time to time. What I enjoyed about this novel was the characters: I just adored Josh’s love for Logan and the lengths he went to for him. I also liked Josh and Logan’s relationship with Josh’s sister and best friend. Talk about tugging at my heartstrings! Note that I am in the minority here as other reviewers liked this one more than I did thus I encourage you to check out other reviews for this novel in addition to mine.

    This was a buddy read with Kaceey. Thanks for keeping me company on this one Kaceey!

    Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin - Mira and Hannah Mary McKinnon for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 4.7.19

    Publication date 5.28.19.

  • Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends

    I have been putting off reviewing this one in hopes that I might feel differently than my first reaction after reading this one. I haven’t. This one was just not for me. It pretty much hit on everything that I dislike in a story. I really wanted to love it and I feel really bad voicing my dislike for this one. It doesn't happen often but when it does maybe I need to give myself a break and just voice my dislike.

    The Traveling Sisters Three (I just made that name up) Norma, Lindsay and I loved Th

    I have been putting off reviewing this one in hopes that I might feel differently than my first reaction after reading this one. I haven’t. This one was just not for me. It pretty much hit on everything that I dislike in a story. I really wanted to love it and I feel really bad voicing my dislike for this one. It doesn't happen often but when it does maybe I need to give myself a break and just voice my dislike.

    The Traveling Sisters Three (I just made that name up) Norma, Lindsay and I loved The Neighbors and it was one of our first group reads in The Traveling Friends group and it was hit, however, Her Secret Son was a miss for me. It really hit on some triggers for me that I really dislike used in a story for the sake of a shocking twist.

    The premise of the story sounds heartbreaking and interesting and caught my attention right away and I started to dig into those ethical questions I love so much to explore. The pace slowed down for me quite a bit and the story took a different direction then I wanted it to go. It started off feeling like a family drama with a mystery and then the drama started building and the story got a little weighted down for me. Near the end, the pace picked up and it started to go in the direction of a twisty thriller I was hoping for until that disappointing shocking twist that just didn’t work for me.

    I did read this one with a few members of the Traveling Sisters and even though their reactions were not as strong as mine it wasn’t one that was loved by us.

    I received a complimentary copy from Harper Collins Canada

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