Book Review - The Child I Never Had by Kate Hewitt @bookouture
If you had to make an impossible choice to save your long-lost daughter, you would… wouldn’t you?
It’s a warm early summer’s evening when Mia’s doorbell rings.
She opens the door to see a teenage girl standing in the shadow beyond the porch light—and in an instant she knows who it is.
Daisy, the daughter she gave up as a baby.
Daisy steps forward, as she says tearfully “I’m sorry I didn’t call first. But something happened. And I really needed… you.”
Seventeen years before, knowing she couldn’t possibly give her beautiful little girl Daisy the future she deserved, Mia made the hardest decision of her life—to give her up.
And Suzanne seemed the perfect adoptive mother: calm, stable, and full of love for the daughter she’d always dreamed of having.
The two mothers promised to keep communication open, so Daisy could have Mia’s love and support along with Suzanne’s.
But as the years passed, Mia moved away, and their visits happened less.
Now Daisy is almost a stranger to Mia—angry, closed and broken—nothing like the tiny girl she once couldn’t bear to say goodbye to.
But now Daisy has arrived on Mia’s doorstep, and she says she has a terrible secret.
One she can never tell Suzanne.
And she believes the only person who can help her is Mia. Her birth mother.
Mia, however, has secrets of her own.
Ones she is afraid to let Daisy or anyone else know.
And while Suzanne desperately seeks a way to bring her child home, can Mia overcome her past to help the girl they both call their daughter in her darkest hour before it’s too late?
What was it all about
A book about family and adoption and secrets that all of us had.
Daisy was adopted by Suzanne gifted to her by Mia when she was a young girl, who couldn’t take care of her.
But life happened, and there were chasms between all of them. Until Daisy had a secret that only Mia could help her with, her birth mother, not her adopted mother.
How it made me feel
Extremely emotional as author Kate Hewitt’s books tended to make me.
I loved how the secrets were weaved in. They added excitement to the story which threatened to dissolve me in tears.
The characters pulled at my heart strings as life unfolded upon them.
The strength of the author’s writing kept all the characters emotive. The lives of all the characters were linked seamlessly.
Suzanne was the one who caught my eye as she felt to be the anchor that kept the book balanced between the other two women.
The twists in the story kept the pace fast where the subplots pulled me in.
The ending felt slightly rushed as all parts needed to be tied together. But that wa just a minor thing.
Emotions and secrets kept this book a rocking drama set in a social issue that had its own heart rending moments.
Publication Date: February 2022
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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