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Published by Bookouture on June 18, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family & Relationships, Family Life
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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.
38 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.
When Sabina plans to surprise her parents with the news she is pregnant, she is certainly not planning to hear the family secret. She’s adopted. Nothing in her experiences could prepare her for those words. Setting off on a journey to reconcile her past with the truth, she cannot imagine what lies ahead.
This was a book that was fine. Fine characters and story. I was hoping for a step above fine given the subject matter. However everything happened quickly and lose ends were tied up in record speed. A subject like forced adoption, to me, should be messier and more emotional. There was one scene towards the end that did make me tear up, and I wish the whole book was like that. My one other issue was unnecessary description (I blame you Lord of the Rings with your six pages describing a tree). I don’t need to know how someone unwrapped and hung up their scarf. Too much description to me seems like the author just wants to up their word count. Yes, description is needed but not about banal items like taking a coat off. If you are looking for an emotional read about family scars and secrets, this is not it. If you are looking for a nice book where everything is neat and tidy by the end, then this is your read.