My Daughter's Mistake by Kate Hewitt
I look at my daughter. My darling girl.
I remember her tiny hand in mine, her first smile.
I recall her tears when she’d tumble over, healed instantly with a band-aid and a little kiss.
I have to keep her safe.
Even if it means someone else gets hurt…
In the pretty, privileged college town of Milford, New Hampshire, everyone is friendly, everything is safe.
And on this cold autumn day, as red and yellow leaves begin to fall from the trees, and everyone wraps up for the first time, it would be easy to believe nothing bad could ever happen here.
Until a screech of tires is heard, a thud, a child’s scream.
The crash that sees Jenna’s six-year-old daughter Amy Rose being hit by a car driven by seventeen-year-old Maddie.
Maddie’s mother, Ellen—a college professor with a warm, approachable reputation—insists it must have been an accident.
Her daughter is always safe on the road—and she’s vulnerable herself.
But as Amy Rose lies unconscious in hospital, the town begins to take sides.
With Ellen, who just wants to defend her daughter.
Or with Jenna, a single mother with a past, whose child hovers between life and death…
The truth is that both mothers have secrets they’re trying to keep.
And, with Amy Rose’s life hanging in the balance, one of them will stop at nothing to protect the person she loves—her daughter.
What was it all about
My Daughter’s Secret, a story that broke my heart many times over when a road accident brought daughters of two mothers into a crisis. One was driving the car, Maddie, and the other got knocked down, Amy Rose.
Both their mothers had secrets to hide from the world and were dealing with a lot of real-life problems.
How it made me feel
The author Kate Hewitt made my heart swing like a pendulum as I read the life stories of both of these daughters through the eyes of the mothers. There was so much pathos in them.
I liked how real the story was and the way the characters were developed, going through the different stages of the catastrophe from grief to anger and finally to forgiveness and healing. The book ended on a note of hope.
There was no big niggle while reading this, but the story had moments where my heart was not engaged as emotions dipped down.
The ending solution too seemed to be quite convenient. The last few pages were well wrapped up, with a neatness that I didn’t think happened in real life. But then again, this was fiction.
A book that explored family dynamics in tough situations of life. Well worth the time and love spent on it.
Publication Date: 2021
I downloaded the digital version of the book from an online retail, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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Great review Shalini. I felt the same way about this book. It was definitely emotional.
Great review. This was a great read for me as well.