As I watch her walk away, an arm raised to her face as she wipes tears from her eyes, I wonder if I really can go through losing her again. Because if I do this, I might gain a child, but I’ll lose her in the process.
Isla and Ben are devoted parents to their beloved daughter, Reese. She is their little miracle, the child they thought they’d never have until donors made her existence possible. But Isla has never told Reese about her biological parents. She wants to be honest with her daughter, but can she bear to open up old wounds?
Then Isla receives a call from Lucy, once her closest friend and the donor who made her dreams come true, and it seems she may need to make a decision sooner than she thought. They haven’t spoken in almost ten years, but Lucy has devastating news: she has lost her beloved husband Nate, just after they decided they wanted to become parents after all.
Heartbroken for her friend, Isla welcomes Lucy back into her life. But then Lucy comes to Isla with a request that changes everything. If Lucy gets what she wants, Isla’s perfect family could be destroyed. But would she deny the woman who helped her become a mother the chance for her own happiness?
Deciding to have a baby is a life changer. Think about the broken nights, the dirty diapers, the freedom you have will not be the same anymore, but of course there are a lot of good things too. Think for example about the fun trying 😉 and the love you feel when you hold that little creature in your arms.
For a lot of people it’s quite easy to conceive, but for some it’s not so simple. They often need science to make the dream come true, but sometimes even that is not enough. That’s when you need a couple of angels in disguise.
Family is great when they stand by you and support you time after time. But sometimes family can let you down or interfere.
Some friends are like family and even if you had problems with a member of your family, always remember that blood is thicker than water…
This is a beautiful story about friendship, love, family and dreams come true. I loved it. It’s filled with emotions and I have to say I understood both points of view. I honestly don’t know how I would have reacted.
There was one sentence in the book that I had to reread a few times. I really could not believe my eyes. I never saw that coming.
Wonderful story, great book. 5 stars
Thank you, Vanessa Carnevale and Bookouture
About the author
Vanessa Carnevale is an Australian author of women’s fiction. She is also the host of Your Beautiful Writing Life retreats held in Tuscany and Australia.
Vanessa loves to travel, and spent several years living in Florence, Italy, a place she considers her second home. She lives in Australia with her husband and two children.
Her previous novels, THE MEMORIES OF US and THE FLORENTINE BRIDGE are published by HarperCollins and have been translated into German and Slovenian. Vanessa’s third novel will be published by Bookouture in August 2020.