A Mother’s Goodbye
‘My arms ache with the need to reach and hold my precious child, and then to never let go. But I can’t. I know I can’t.’
Heather is devastated. There’s no way she can keep her baby. She can barely pay the bills as it is. But when she meets Grace, a wealthy, single career woman, who wants a baby more than anything, Heather believes she has found the perfect adoptive mother.
As Grace and Heather’s lives become entwined, they are tested to breaking point, though neither can deny the other’s love for the child. But just when they think they are learning how to live with each other, they receive devastating news that turns their fragile world upside down.
Will either mother know what is the right thing to do for the child they both love?
An absolutely gripping, emotional drama with a tear-jerking twist. If you love Jodi Picoult, Kelly Rimmer or Diane Chamberlain, this will warm your heart, make you cry, and stay with you forever.
*A few mild spoilers from the beginning of the book*
Heather and Kevin have been together since high school when she became pregnant with her first little girl as a teenager. Since then, she’s gone on to have two more daughters. Kevin has been injured at work and due to financial difficulties, they are struggling to make ends meet. Unexpectedly, Heather finds out she’s pregnant again and knows in her heart that they simply cannot keep the baby. How will they afford it? How will they continue on with barely making the rent and meeting their children’s needs? With Kevin hung up on his injury and no one to really turn to, she decides that she has no choice but to give the baby up for adoption. As she searches through profile after profile, she comes across Grace, and deep down heather knows Grace is the person she wants to raise this baby.
Grace has devoted her entire life to her career. She’s followed in her father’s footsteps and became very wealthy because of it. Grace may have all the financial security she needs, but she doesn’t have any family or friends. With her parent’s gone, she’s lonely and because of this she’s decided she wants to adopt a baby. When the adoption agency contacts her to let her know that Heather would like to meet her, she’s excited and scared. Heather’s background makes everything more difficult and Grace can only hope that the adoption will run smoothly.
My thoughts on the story…
I had no idea what to expect when I requested this book, but after seeing a few reviews, I knew it would be emotional. The narrative alternates between Heather and Grace so you get both point’s of view. I found it well executed and didn’t find it predictable at any time with one unexpected event after another. The way Heather and Grace’s relationship develops throughout the book was genuine and everything you would expect coming from both their positions. There were times when I wasn’t happy with their decisions, but as a mother, I understood them and felt every emotion. Both women are strong characters and the author did such an amazing job taking the reader into their worlds. I literally couldn’t put this book down until the end.
I was so moved by the incredible emotions and I found myself tearing up multiple times. I had to put it down more than once and truly think this is the most emotional book I’ve read in my entire life. That’s really all that I can say. I can’t wait to read more from Kate Hewitt.
- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (June 11, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1786814226
- ISBN-13: 978-1786814227
This is book #9 on my Netgalley/Edelweiss Challenge! You can see it Here.
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