Your daughter will not speak… But can she teach you how to live?
Ever since Ruby was tiny, she has been unique. Her smiles are magically rare, and she likes things done in a very particular way – her blocks are always colour-coded, and her toy animals stand in regimented lines. She’s also the daughter of Sara’s dreams – even on days when being a mother to a three-year-old is exhausting.
Not everyone understands Ruby like Sara does though. Not Sara’s husband Mike, and certainly not her disapproving mother-in-law, Barbara. So when circumstances force their family to move in with Barbara, Sara knows it’s going to make motherhood even harder.
Then Ruby’s pre-school suggest that her behaviour and refusal to speak might be the first signs of a bigger issue, in the same week that Mike walks out on them. And Sara’s world is blown apart.
Facing life as a single parent and trying to work out Ruby’s needs is more than Sara can face alone. There’s only one person she can turn to for help – Barbara.
But Barbara knows something Sara doesn’t. She knows what can go wrong if you don’t look after your children right… And she’s determined not to let Sara make the same mistakes she did.
A few days ago I read a wonderful emotional book. I thought I had spent every tear I had, but while reading this one, I found I had several left.
As a parent you want to do everything you can for your children and when something does not seem quite right, the best way to deal with it is as a team. But what if you are not on the same wavelength? Who is right and who is wrong? What if your partner is convinced that you overreact? Will you let it go or are they playing ostrich and burry their head in the sand? Does mum know best?
This is a very beautiful tale. Did the author keep us a bit in the dark because she is working on a sequel? I would not mind that at all. I was not ready to say goodbye. I wanted to stay and see what happens next. Maybe, just maybe …? 5 stars.
Thank you, Emma Robinson and Bookouture (via Netgalley)
About the author
Emma Robinson is the author of three novels about motherhood and female friendship including The Undercover Mother.
Her fourth novel – Where I Found You – is available to preorder now and will be released on the 16th August 2019.
When she is not writing, Emma is an English teacher and lives in Essex with a patient husband and two children who are an endless source of material.
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