2015, Book review

The Secret Daughter by Kelly Rimmer. A beautiful novel of adoption, heartbreak and a mother’s love.

Description : As I saw my new-born baby’s face for the first time I tried desperately to capture her face in my mind—to stamp it onto my eyelids. As she was taken from me I knew I might never see my daughter again.

37 years later…
‘You were adopted’. Three short words and Sabina’s life fractures. There would forever be a Before those words, and an After.

Pregnant with her own child, Sabina can’t understand how a mother could abandon her daughter, or why her parents have kept the past a secret.

Determined to find the woman who gave her away, what she discovers will change everything, not just for Sabina, but for the women who have loved her all these years.

From the bestselling author of Me Without You comes another touching, beautifully told story about the pain of separation and the enduring strength of love.

Publication Date : June 18th 2015
Publisher : Bookouture
Format- Kindle edition

* I’d like to say a huge thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC to review*

My thoughts : This was a truly outstanding book, one which I couldn’t put down and will stay with me for a long time.

The Secret Daughter is based in Australia and the main character Sabina and her husband Ted have just found out they are to be parents for the first time. Obviously over the moon Sabina can’t wait to tell her parents but doesn’t get the reaction she was expecting and that’s when her whole world is turned upside down.

Forced adoption in Australia is something that has been on the news a lot, back in the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s if you were a minor and fell pregnant out of wedlock the baby was instantly taken away from you and given to a married couple. The Secret Daughter although fiction is like reading a documentary. I was just engrossed from the very beginning, I was brought to tears numerous times through out the book.

The characters are well developed and I felt like I knew them personally by the end. The story is told from Sabina’s first-person narrative, which is emotional to say the least. We’re also taken into the past through Lily’s letters and also Megan’s first-person narrative which gives us an understanding to these characters and their feelings at the time which is also emotional. Ted, Sabina’s husband was just a lovely character, so supportive and caring. A true gem.

Kelly Rimmer has taken a very tender subject and turned it into a wonderfully fabulous well written book, one that draws you in and never lets you go again. This book has made it’s way into my top 10 this year,  and I look forward to reading more from Kelly soon.

I’d highly recommend this book, but make sure you have a box of hankie’s by your side.

Thank you Kelly for an emotional, wonderful and truly magnificent book.

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