It was alarmingly easy for Cadence to become an alcoholic of predominantly red wine when the stress of life urged her to have a drink each evening to calm down. So was it wrong to read “Best Kept Secret” while drinking a glass of red wine? The writing was strong, but I never connected with Cadence. I found it somewhat ridiculous that she would end up in AA after only a few instances of drunkenness. I suppose leaving her five year old alone in her house while she runs to the store to buy more wine is horrible, but I didn’t believe that rose to a level of neglect that was so severe as to cause her to lose custody of her son. I felt the interactions with her child were true, but boring and too elementary. The author also packed Cadence’s life full of over played events: a father who abandons her and doesn’t know how to be a dad, a loveless marriage that ends in divorce, a vindictive mother-in-law… I suppose the author’s point is that alcoholism can sneak up on anyone, but the plot was a little over exaggerated for me to really buy into it. Although I didn’t connect with the story, I do have to thank Heather for thinking I would enjoy this and lending me the book!