The Child I Never Had by Kate Hewitt / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @katehewitt1

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If you had to make an impossible choice to save your long-lost daughter, you would… wouldn’t you?It’s a warm early summer’s evening when Mia’s doorbell rings. She opens the door to see a teenage girl standing in the shadow beyond the porch light—and in an instant she knows who it is. Daisy, the daughter she gave up as a baby. Daisy steps forward, as she says tearfully “I’m sorry I didn’t call first. But something happened. And I really needed… you.”Seventeen years before, knowing she couldn’t possibly give her beautiful little girl Daisy the future she deserved, Mia made the hardest decision of her life—to give her up. And Suzanne seemed the perfect adoptive mother: calm, stable, and full of love for the daughter she’d always dreamed of having.The two mothers promised to keep communication open, so Daisy could have Mia’s love and support along with Suzanne’s. But as the years passed, Mia moved away, and their visits happened less. Now Daisy is almost a stranger to Mia—angry, closed and broken—nothing like the tiny girl she once couldn’t bear to say goodbye to.But now Daisy has arrived on Mia’s doorstep, and she says she has a terrible secret. One she can never tell Suzanne. And she believes the only person who can help her is Mia. Her birth mother.Mia, however, has secrets of her own. Ones she is afraid to let Daisy or anyone else know. And while Suzanne desperately seeks a way to bring her child home, can Mia overcome her past to help the girl they both call their daughter in her darkest hour before it’s too late?

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Review

Sometimes adoption is the best option, but are we fully aware of the consequences and the feelings of the children? I for one was not and I guess a lot of people are not. That’s a pity, because it could help understand why some children act the way they do.

Of course is adopting a good thing. You want to give the child the best life, but are we not turning ourselves a bit into heroes because we saved them? Are we taking into consideration that they also wonder why their birth parents did not want them and how they feel about being taken from their own culture and placed in one where they are different from the others around them?

The author mentioned ACS (Adopted Child Syndrome). I never knew this existed and I went and looked it up. I know a few people who have adopted children and where quite some problems started to develop. I wonder whether someone ever told them about ACS. I guess not. I am convinced it could have helped them, parents as well as children.

This is an emotional story. Sometimes it was a bit too slow paced for my liking, but when the paced picked up towards the end, it was great. I loved the twist that came to the surface and the flashbacks that made me understand everything so much better.

A beautiful story. It showed the emotional strains connected with an adoption. Birth parents, adoptive parents, children they all have a lot to deal with. Hiding your feelings is not the way to go, but talking is often very hard. 4 stars

Thank you, Kate Hewitt and Bookouture

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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. 

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Author Links

 https://www.kate-hewitt.com/

https://www.facebook.com/KateHewittAuthor/ 

 https://twitter.com/katehewitt1

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