Genre: Domestic Fiction
Cara took a deep breath and let it out slowly. ‘She’s not just my daughter,’ she said as she turned in her seat to face Jack. This man she had once loved, but who she hadn’t seen for nearly five years. ‘Sophie is your daughter too.’
It is just past ten o’clock on a cold Friday evening when Rebecca and her husband Jack’s doorbell rings. Outside is a woman who introduces herself as Jack’s ex-girlfriend Cara. And she’s holding the hand of a shivering, blue-eyed, four-year-old girl. Who she claims is Jack’s daughter.
Rebecca is shocked to discover he has a child from his last relationship – even one he hadn’t known about. Because becoming parents isn’t part of their life plan. They like children, but they also love their freedom and spending time together uninterrupted; the way that, if they wanted to, they could travel the world at a moment’s notice.
But Cara needs them. Because Cara has a devastating secret that she can’t tell anyone yet. Not even her daughter. A secret with the power to change all of their lives.
A secret that will ultimately mean Rebecca has to ask herself – could she find it in herself to welcome her husband’s child into her home, and into her heart?
A heartbreaking and powerful emotional women’s fiction novel about love, friendship and what it truly means to be a parent, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Kate Hewitt.
My verdict: Thank you to Netgalley for letting me read this book before it’s release. This book tackles taboo subjects such as terminal illness, the attitudes faced by women who don’t want children, perfectionism, competitive parenting and infidelity. Told from two points of view from two very different women this book is equally heartwarming and heart-wrenching answering the ultimate question: Can you step up to the plate when it comes to the crunch. Emma Robinson is hot on the heels of authors like Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain with her knack from tackling taboo subjects in motherhood, painting a bigger picture whilst being sympathetic, empathetic and non-judgemental. An overall quick read that I read in an afternoon.