I look at my daughter. My darling girl. I remember her tiny hand in mine, her first smile. I recall her tears when she’d tumble over, healed instantly with a band-aid and a little kiss. I have to keep her safe. Even if it means someone else gets hurt…
In the pretty, privileged college town of Milford, New Hampshire, everyone is friendly, everything is safe. And on this cold autumn day, as red and yellow leaves begin to fall from the trees, and everyone wraps up for the first time, it would be easy to believe nothing bad could ever happen here.
Until a screech of tires is heard, a thud, a child’s scream. The crash that sees Jenna’s six-year-old daughter Amy Rose being hit by a car driven by seventeen-year-old Maddie.
Maddie’s mother, Ellen—a college professor with a warm, approachable reputation—insists it must have been an accident. Her daughter is always safe on the road—and she’s vulnerable herself.
But as Amy Rose lies unconscious in hospital, the town begins to take sides. With Ellen, who just wants to defend her daughter. Or with Jenna, a single mother with a past, whose child hovers between life and death…
The truth is that both mothers have secrets they’re trying to keep. And, with Amy Rose’s life hanging in the balance, one of them will stop at nothing to protect the person she loves—her daughter.
This book was filled to the rafters with emotions. Better be warned! You might have to stock up on tissues.
I don’t really know which kind of phone call I would dread the most: the one where my child would be the victim of an accident or the one where my child would be responsible for said accident. I think they are both nightmares come true.
Which one of those children will need the most time to recover: the one with the physical wounds or the one with the emotional ones. I think the emotional impact might sometimes be overlooked. The guild and the shock the offender has to live with can be as life-threatening. The accident is something that happens in a flash of a moment, but the consequences are very dire and will leave deep scars for both parties and their families.
Being loyal is a great thing, but at what price…?
This is a story about how broken families can be mended and how two families who are each others opposites can bond because they have to deal with the same tragedy. It’s true that even the darkest clouds have a silver lining.
A great book. 5 stars
Thank you, Kate Hewitt and Bookouture
About the author
Kate Hewitt is the author of many romance and women’s fiction novels. A former New Yorker and now an American ex-pat, she lives in a small town on the Welsh border with her husband, five children, and their overly affectionate Golden Retriever. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling stories that tackle real issues and touch people’s lives.