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OMG. OMG. OMG. The author made me cry. I still had a book hangover when I started writing this review. There was still a lingering lump in my throat all through the day.

There are books which leave their wispy trails around you that remind you to find your happiness. This was one such book of friendship and bonding. It started with 2 women Shelley who met her pregnant new neighbor Lara, and both became friends. Shelly’s husband had left her a year ago, and she still had his belongings shut in a room. Both the women decided to get rid of it one by one. Secrets were revealed and friendship strengthened.

My first book by author Emma Robinson, and I enjoyed every word of the prose, even the ones which caused me to read through the film of my tears. Written in dual viewpoints, the author showed me how we women were so strong even when we never believed it. To see them finding their way through life was something I would cherish for a long time. Beautiful writing by the author.

The author’s words kept the intrigue of the secrets along with the growing trust between the women with each chapter. There were laughter and tears all interspersed as I read… Have to admit, a couple of tears made their way on the screen. Sighhh.

A beautiful story which had me turning the pages slowly, living each word, feeling each emotion, laughing and crying with them.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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When you see them, they are so happy, so in love. He’s holding the door open for her, she’s clearly expecting a baby. You think: she has everything I don’t. Everything I ever dreamed of…

There’s room in her house where Shelley has shut away a heartbreakingly-soft, never-used baby blanket. In a box, under a bed, behind a door that she never opens. If it’s there, she can forget about it. Just like she has her memories. Of a marriage that hadn’t been perfect. Of a life that didn’t go the way she had hoped.

Every day she acts like everything is normal. Going to work and following a routine helps her pretend the bad stuff never happened. Until one day, everything changes.

She sees the couple moving in next door, laughing sweetly as they walk up the path to their new home. The woman is pregnant. It’s like she has everything that Shelley has lost. But when Shelley properly meets Lara, she soon discovers Lara is actually carrying a heartache to match her own.

As her friendship with Lara deepens, Shelley starts to wonder what might happen if she opens the box she’s hidden away, with the tiny, beautiful blanket in it. Will the secrets from her past – about what she lost, what she’s hiding from, and what she has been doing her best to forget – destroy her? Or will opening it up finally give her a change to live again?

Publication Date: January 2020

13 Responses

    1. Losing a partner is always difficult for me. Here he died. Mine preferred a younger model.. But the pain was bad… Ah well
      This stayed with me as she found a different kind of love in her life…
      Now you know why I stick to blood gore and dead bodies

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