A Mother's Goodbye Review

I promise that this blog isn't turning into a solely book review blog. It's just that inspiration for blog posts has been hard to find lately. I have so many ideas for posts but when it comes to writing them down, my brain just stutters. I think this blogger's block has been going on since the end of last year and I'm sick of it. I'm hoping it will get better! But in the mean time I'm back with another book review!

‘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.'

If there's one book that I'm glad I've read so far this year then it's this one. When I read the blurb of this book I knew I had to review it. The reason being that I myself am adopted. It's not a widely known fact and I don't think I've ever mentioned it on the blog before. Stories about adoption are very close to my heart and I feel a fierce protection of them and of them being done well. And I have to say that this book did not disappoint on that score. It was a wonderful, heartbreaking, heartwarming and emotional rollercoaster. It's so well written and shows both mother's sides so well. I don't want to talk too much about the plot because any details will lessen the absolute emotional impact that the story has but I have to say it was like a literary punch to the feelings. Like I said it's a subject matter close to my own heart but I think everyone's heart will go out to the women in this story. They come from two different worlds but have more in common than they think and find kindred spirits in one another but their fragile friendship is tested again and again. It's a story about love and sacrifice and it will have you bawling by the end of it. 

4/5 stars ★★

About Kate Hewitt: Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 60 books of women's fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England's Lake District and published by Penguin. 
She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women's fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.
 Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

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