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Oh my freaking God!! One of the characters in the book made me want to knock her on the head from the beginning to end, as I was sure she had no brains. Absolute idiot was what I would call her.
Hannah was convinced that best friend Lily didn’t deserve her newborn daughter or any of the children based on the frustration vented out by a mother who had 3 small children under the age 10. So using all her powers of false detection, she kidnapped the newborn. And sent a nasty text message to Lily.
The story by author Sam Vickery pulled at my emotions. In this day and age, an educated woman didn’t know how sacrosanct the secrets between a husband and wife were. I was boiling in fury at how judgmental Hannah was. Stealing her best friend’s baby was a no-no in my eyes.
The story moved on to the past of both the women and the secrets they had hidden. I learned that Hannah had her own problems and so did Lily and husband Jon. I was team Lily even when it took me time to warm up to her. Certain actions did cause me to doubt her. But taking a newborn who was being breast fed was unforgivable.
I wanted to give Hannah a chance to redeem herself, but she continued with her judgments right till the last four or five chapters, including a nasty confrontation in the waiting room of the ICU. As a doc, I would have called security and thrown her out of the hospital.
The author had inserted a lot of emotions at the end, but there was just too much resentment and anger in Hannah to allow the warmth of other emotions to seep through
Forgiveness was a theme that was propagated in the book along with strengths of friendship. But I couldn’t seem to get out of my anger against Hannah even when Lily forgave her.
As I wrote this review, I was filled with so much ire that I wanted to bop her one. I loved my gadgets too much to knock the screen hard. Whew… How do I rate this book!!
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As soon as we sat on the ride I knew something was wrong. I couldn’t relax. I couldn’t hear the theme park music, the giggles of my two other children. I’d left my baby in someone else’s care. And I knew I’d made a mistake…
With her two beautiful children and newborn baby Ella, Lily’s life is full of love and laughter. She gave up her job to be a stay-at-home mother, and though she sometimes envies the freedom of best friend Hannah, Lily wouldn’t trade it for anything.
But Lily’s world implodes when Hannah disappears with Ella one day, and Lily fears from the text message she receives that Hannah doesn’t intend to come back:
You don’t deserve her.
It’s true that Lily has been keeping secrets about her marriage from Hannah, ones she thought only she and her husband knew. Suddenly Lily realises that there are things she doesn’t know about Hannah too – and that by keeping her husband’s secrets, she might pay the ultimate sacrifice.
Publication Date: April 2021
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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I feel your ire and agree!