Could you take in your best friend’s child, even if it risked destroying your own family?
Jo had thought that her life – and her heart – was full. With a busy job, a husband and a teenage daughter who is going off the rails, keeping her life running smoothly had already felt hard enough.
But now Jo sits at the funeral of her best friend Ginny, crushed by the loss of a friendship that had endured for thirty years: from college and their first days at work through to settling down and raising their own children.
Against her husband’s wishes, Jo has made a life-changing decision: to take in Ginny’s teenage son Victor and raise him as her own. Despite her misgivings, Jo feels she had no choice: Ginny was a single parent and Victor had no other family who could take care of him.
But Victor’s arrival is about to break open the fragile cracks that were already forming on the surface of Jo’s family life and in her small rural community… and expose a secret that has remained hidden for many years, with devastating consequences.
My third book by this author and she had me at hello!
A beautiful story about grief but also about family and standing up for each other. Once again people show how shallow they are by being lead by prejudices and stereotypes. They often don’t even take the time or make any effort to get to know the person(s) in question but just behave like elephants in a china shop. They don’t even reflect on who they (might) hurt in the process.
I felt Jo’s desperation, her urge to please, her fighting a battle she might end up losing. I felt for Patrick, also being stuck between a rock and a hard place, but whatever life throws at you, you can overcome it by sticking together and willing to compromise.
Sometimes people like to stick their head in the sand and find it easier to blame other people. Some are man enough to admit their mistakes afterwards, others though…
It was very hard to put this book down. I just loved it. It was filled with emotions: happy ones, sad ones and everything in between. 5 stars
Thank you, Kerry Fisher and Bookouture
About the author
Kerry Fisher is a million-copy bestselling author. She writes women’s contemporary fiction, is a USA Today bestseller and her books have been translated into twelve languages. She was born in Peterborough, studied French and Italian at the University of Bath and spent several years living in Spain, Italy and Corsica. After returning to England to work as a journalist, she eventually abandoned real life stories for the secrets of fictional families. She lives in Surrey with her husband, and a naughty Lab/Schnauzer called Poppy, who joins in the huge dances of joy when her young adult children come home.