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Best Kept Secret - A Novel

Amy Hatvany

Cadence didn't sit down one night and decide that downing two bottles of wine was a brilliant idea. Her drinking snuck up on her - as a way to sleep, to help her relax after a long day, to relieve some of the stress of the painful divorce that's left her struggling to make ends meet with her five-year old son, Charlie. It wasn't always like this. Just a few years ago, Cadence seemed to have it all-a successful husband, an adorable son, and a promising career as a freelance journalist. But with the demise of her marriage, her carefully constructed life begins to spiral out of control. Suddenly she is all alone trying to juggle the demands of work and motherhood. Logically, Cadence knows that she is drinking too much, and every day begins with renewed promises to herself that she will stop. But within a few hours, driven by something she doesn't understand, she is reaching for the bottle - even when it means not playing with her son because she is too tired, or dropping him off at preschool late, again. And even when one calamitous night it means leaving him alone to pick up more wine at the grocery store. It's only when her ex-husband shows up at her door to take Charlie away that Cadence realizes her best kept secret has been discovered…. Heartbreaking, haunting, and ultimately life-affirming, Best Kept Secret is more than just the story of Cadence-it's a story of how the secrets we hold closest are the ones that can most tear us apart.

Cadence didn't sit down one night and decide that downing two bottles of wine was a brilliant idea. Her drinking snuck up on her - as a way to sleep, to help her relax after a long day, to relieve some of the stress of the painful divorce that's left her struggling to make ends meet with her five-year old son, Charlie. It wasn't always like this. Just a few years ago, Cadence seemed to have it all-a successful husband, an adorable son, and a promising career as a freelance journalist. But with the demise of her marriage, her carefully constructed life begins to spiral out of control. Suddenly she is all alone trying to juggle the demands of work and motherhood. Logically, Cadence knows that she is drinking too much, and every day begins with renewed promises to herself that she will stop. But within a few hours, driven by something she doesn't understand, she is reaching for the bottle - even when it means not playing with her son because she is too tired, or dropping him off at preschool late, again. And even when one calamitous night it means leaving him alone to pick up more wine at the grocery store. It's only when her ex-husband shows up at her door to take Charlie away that Cadence realizes her best kept secret has been discovered…. Heartbreaking, haunting, and ultimately life-affirming, Best Kept Secret is more than just the story of Cadence-it's a story of how the secrets we hold closest are the ones that can most tear us apart.
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Cadence didn't sit down one night and decide that downing two bottles of wine was a brilliant idea. Her drinking snuck up on her - as a way to sleep, to help her relax after a long day, to relieve some of the stress of the painful divorce that's left her struggling to make ends meet with her five-year old son, Charlie. It wasn't always like this. Just a few years ago, Cadence seemed to have it all-a successful husband, an adorable son, and a promising career as a freelance journalist. But with the demise of her marriage, her carefully constructed life begins to spiral out of control. Suddenly she is all alone trying to juggle the demands of work and motherhood. Logically, Cadence knows that she is drinking too much, and every day begins with renewed promises to herself that she will stop. But within a few hours, driven by something she doesn't understand, she is reaching for the bottle - even when it means not playing with her son because she is too tired, or dropping him off at preschool late, again. And even when one calamitous night it means leaving him alone to pick up more wine at the grocery store. It's only when her ex-husband shows up at her door to take Charlie away that Cadence realizes her best kept secret has been discovered…. Heartbreaking, haunting, and ultimately life-affirming, Best Kept Secret is more than just the story of Cadence-it's a story of how the secrets we hold closest are the ones that can most tear us apart.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Joy Osmanski

Length:

12h 3m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:53


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

40:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

53:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

34:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

50:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:44


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

43:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

26:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

40:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

32:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

25:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

10:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

21:30


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

10:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

22:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

22:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

24:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

22:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

13:49


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

31:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:36


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

18:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

26:22


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

13:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:12