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- Print Length: 244 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (November 9, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0751GJLRN
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tessa returns home to find a small boy in her kitchen. He asks he a simple question, "are you my mummy?" She's shocked to say the least but also very much drawn to the little lad, having lost both her own children, one quite recently, and subsequently her husband since their marriage couldn't survive the tragedy. Eventually though, clarity follows and she calls her ex and asks him to come over. When he does, he is shocked that she hasn't yet called the police. He is also suspect of her story as she hasn't been completely emotionally well for a little while and he fears that she is becoming unwell again. Eventually the police do come and take the boy away. They also are suspicious of Tessa's story, especially when she demands to be kept updated of who the boy actually is. Unluckily for Tessa, she lives next to a reporter who witnesses the whole removal process. In the days that follow, Tessa is hounded by the press and public alike as more of her own personal tragedy comes to light. A tragedy that is compounded when her ex and his new girlfriend spill some news of their own. Her only port in the storm is the garden centre where she works. Her only ally appears to be her boss, Ben. Tessa eventually breaks down and tells him the whole story, how the boy told her that he was taken to be with her, he believes her and encourages her to try and find the person responsible. A simple task that takes her on a rather emotional journey to uncover the really rather shocking truth.
Oh My Goodness. I am so glad that I started this book with nothing else urgent that needed done in my life. I was completely under its spell throughout, so much so that I actually gave over my precious TV rights to my brother for a whole evening whilst I finished it. I got so emotionally involved in Tessa and what was going on that everything else faded into insignificance around it.
The characters in this book really made the story come alive. The differences between Tessa's ex Scott and her boss Ben were perfectly played out. Scott having left Tessa to set up home with his new girlfriend because that path was easier than staying and coping with the emotions after the loss of their child. Compare that with Ben who is literally thrown into the deep end with all that is going on and who takes it all completely within his stride even though he has no real reason why he has to. A lesser man would have walked away from it. But he really is a rock, especially with all his support, belief and encouragement, even though he only has face value to take.
I do admit to working the ending out a little ahead of the final reveal but, I was so caught up in it all that that hardly seemed to matter. As the questions started stacking up, it made little difference that I had some of the answers early, there was still plenty going on that had not yet been resolved to keep me going.
This is my first book by this author, she has only really come on my radar since being picked up by one of my favourite publishers, Bookouture. But on investigation, she has a pretty impressive back catalogue and, as I really loved her style of writing here, along with her interesting characters and compelling plot, I would have no hesitation in picking out a few more of her books to read.
My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
Great character development and it consisted of those you will love, hate, question and even want to slap a few times! LOL However, in an effort not to spoil the reading just know that the title of the book IS VERY FITTING.
An online Facebook BookClub I'm a part even had the honor of having the author, Shalini Borland, join us for discussion. That's a priceless opportunity to pick the brain of the one who brought so much emotion out of you!! Just know that Tess, the main character, has a special place in my heart. I respect her. I admire her. I didn't always believe in her but she's a model of determination and resilience.... even when others aren't on your side. 🙌🙌❤️❤️❤️
Tess Markham has had a rough time in her life recently, one rainy Sunday evening, she returns home to a surprise waiting for her in her kitchen. A 6-year-old boy named Harry, told Tess that his angel brought him to her house and said that she would be his new mommy. Tess thinks to herself, “I don’t have a child. Not anymore.” Unsure of what to do, she reaches out to her estranged husband, Scott, so that he could help her with this situation and to call the police. Unfortunately, Scott is having a hard time believing her story… she’s had an episode in the past, which was simply a misunderstanding according to Tess. Scott suspects that she may have been involved and wants her to seek help. Tess knows there has to be more as to why Harry was brought to her home but she begins to doubt herself. Harry is returned back to his father and even though Tess wasn’t arrested, the story is released to the press. The media is accusing her of abducting young Harry and her life has turned into complete chaos. When her nosy neighbor, Carly, starts to get involved, more secrets start to unfold. Now, she has to take matters into her own hands to find out the truth about how this young boy and her heartbreaking past could possibly be related… with or without the help of the police and her estranged husband.
Shalini Boland keeps you in suspense throughout the book, there are twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Boland created an empathic bond with Tess for me and although none of the characters can be trusted, I found myself rooting for her all through the story. I disliked Scott completely, instead of being by her side, he simply scrutinized her sanity and implied that she was mentally unstable. I kept hoping that Tess would be able to prove him wrong!
It was an overall great and engaging read! Decided to make my next review another Shalini Boland book! 🙂
Check out my review: loveatfirstreadcom.wordpress.com