The first time I saw you, I knew you were meant to be ours. I took you in my arms, your little hands in tight fists, and I knew I was going to do everything in my power to be the mother you needed and deserved…When Catriona loses her baby girl at birth, it shatters her. But like a light in the darkness, Catriona is given the chance to adopt beautiful baby April, and now she cannot imagine life without her.The family’s picture-perfect home is filled every day with April’s warm giggles and joyful games. But when her daughter is just eight years old, Catriona gets the call that she has been silently dreading. April’s birth mother, Lauren, would like to meet her.Lauren breezes into their home and April just sparkles around her. Their matching turquoise eyes and chestnut hair feels like a knife to Catriona’s heart. Lauren appears to have her life back on track, with a good job and a new house in an upscale neighbourhood. Pushing to spend more and more time with April, one day Lauren says the unthinkable: April belongs with me.Who can truly give the little girl the love and family she deserves? Catriona is sure Lauren is keeping secrets. Catriona only wants what is best for her darling daughter, but does that really mean she has to let her go forever?
One moment you are on cloud nine. The next you come crashing down on earth again.
Life can be hard, but life can treat you well too and it enables you to get up again. The pain fades a little and you focus on the beautiful gifts you have received.
Someone must really hate you up there. Five minutes of distraction and your life is turned upside down once more.
There are no words to express how much pain, how much anger and how hopeless you feel. You would love to crawl into a little hole and shut the word out, but you have a child who is also deeply hurt by the events to care for.
You would do everything in the world for her, but does this mean keeping her close or letting her go?
This once close knit family seems to fall apart. The tiny little cracks become gaps. Will they be able to find a way to build bridges or will they all drift apart as tiny little islands in the vast ocean of life…
Emotion after emotion, that’s what you have to deal with when you read this great story. It shows that love, whether it’s between family, friends or lovers, just is the most beautiful and powerful thing. 5 stars
Thank you, Alison Ragsdale and Bookouture
About the author
A former marketing executive, originally from Edinburgh, Alison now lives near Washington D.C. with her husband and dog. She was educated in England and holds an MBA from Leicester University.