When three-year-old Sara disappeared from their lives, it tore the Turner family apart. Years later, they are still startling at every knock, convinced it is Sara at the door. But the only trace of the cherished little girl is a fading photo in the hall, a single white knitted baby shoe tucked behind the frame.Then, one day, as they pick at sandwiches in a crowded local café, a beautiful girl approaches, claiming to be Sara. With her wide green eyes and soft, straight hair, could she really be their long-lost girl? But where has she been all this time, and what happened to stop her from coming home?Soon, Sara is turning up for Sunday lunch, and then moving her things into the little bedroom upstairs. But as Sara makes herself at home, not everyone is happy that she’s back in their lives once more. Long-held secrets are threatening to surface, and someone in this tight-knit family doesn’t want them to be told…
Seeing a member of your family regularly is wonderful but what if suddenly you are forced to cut all ties with that person? You will never stop loving them even though you are not sure you will ever see them again. They are on your mind 24/7 and you keep your hopes up. One day they might come and knock on your door…
I don’t know what I would do when that knock comes. Would I believe what that person says, because I am so happy I would swallow everything? Or would I be more cautious and watch that person with hawk eyes before I would open my arms and welcome them back?
It’s not necessarily bad to want to be careful. The only thing you have to ware of is that when you put two and two together you come up with four and not with five…
Not everything is what it seems and you have to make sure you have got hold of the right end of the stick before you jump to conclusions.
This is a beautiful and emotional story about a family and their secrets. I found it very hard to put down because I was very intrigued. Me and Paula could have been sisters, because I followed her train of thought. 😊 Did we hit bull’s eye or did we completely miss the boat?
I loved this book. 5 stars
Thank you, Jill Childs and Bookouture
About the author
Jill always loved writing – real and imaginary – and spent thirty years travelling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She’s now made her home in south-west London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does. Although she’s covered everything from earthquakes and floods, wars and riots, she’s decided some of the most extraordinary stories are right here at home – in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets just like yours.