The Secret History of Hattie Ha Ha…Begins – S.M. Mala

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Hatty lives on an island in the Caribbean and is afraid of mosquitos and the sea. She longs for friendship, love and the truth about her history.

But nothing is easy for her and she is constantly met with a wall of silence and a general sneer from some of the locals.

But when Jake visits his father Murray, who is also Hatty’s secret guardian, the young couple are instantly attracted to each other. He realises there is a tale about this young woman which is heightened by speculation and gossip about her background… stories regarding her parents, his father and her.

But unknowingly the young couple’s lives are closely intertwined and their bodies do the same, as the heat of the tropical sun is transferred to their lust for one another.

There are too many secrets being hidden about her life and slowly but surely, each one is discovered, only hurting the people around until something is revealed making Hatty doubt her very existence.

A mysterious and turbulent sexual tale of young love, deceit, jealousy and passion mixed in with the conflict of deep rooted prejudices and regret … The Secret History of Hatty Ha Ha … begins.

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We meet Hattie as she’s running amok on this tiny island. She benefits from the local gossip mill. They say everything from she’s insane, to she caused her parents death, to her being the rich, American’s daughter, to being that same American’s lover. She tries hard to overlook all of those things and live her life as happily as she can. She attracted the attention of that rich American’s son, Jake. Jake hadn’t been to the island before, and even more importantly, his father never told him just how important Hattie was in his life. These two, find that their lives are deeply entwined, even though they’ve never met or lived on the same continent at the same time.  And though they were deeply attracted to each other, it seemed that everyone was against them, but no one would ever say why. But they heart will do as it is wont to do. And this is their story.

I really liked Hattie. She was quirky and fun and liked to talk in riddles. I liked Jake ok. He wasn’t steadfast and his flighty heart bothered me. And how it ended had me in tears. I’ll be honest, if I didn’t know there was another book, I would probably be massively angry. I’ll also be honest and say that I haven’t read the FIRST word of that book, as I wanted to write this review first, but I AM heading straight away into the book, so you’ll be seeing that review next week. I will say my heart broke several times for Hattie. That poor girl does catch any breaks. And the twists in this story are gut-wrenching. Murray, Ethel, Philip, Louisa, and Barney are the ONLY redeemable characters in this book. And luckily Hattie had them and knew they were a constant in her life.

Ms. Mala has this ability to bring people into her environments and makes us care about her quirky and flawed people. I will say that this book is LONG, approximately 800 pages. And know that the second book is about as long. So, this isn’t a quick read, and it runs the gamut of all emotions. That being said, if you don’t like long reads or books that don’t end with happy endings or books that end in cliffhangers, then know this isn’t for you. BUT if you love a good read, flawed characters, an unhappy cliffhanger, then please get this book and the next.


We have many passions.

Be it film, food, or having fun.

Mine is writing as well as all of the above… and to laugh.

With over fifteen books available on Amazon, and steadily growing each year, I want you to escape into the characters.

Laugh, cry, love, hate, but mostly enjoy.

They’re not your run of the mill situations of the heart.

I put twists and turns to keep you wondering what’s going on. Even when I’m writing, I have no idea where the story is heading… but it is going somewhere.

The situations unfold like a film in my head. I can see it and feel it, and then when I’m sure about it, I write.

All novels are in British English and translates perfectly for all!


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