I know in my heart that I’m going to lose you, my dearest darling girl. I can’t fight any longer. No matter what I do, no matter how much I love you, I know that this is the end for me. But remember that I am with you always and that because of you, my mistake was worth it.
Amanda always knew she was adopted, but when she inherits a house in Avalon Springs, it’s the first she hears of her birth mother’s death. The moment she used to imagine meeting her for the first time and staring into the bright blue eyes they might share, will always remain a dream.
Heartbroken, Amanda knows she must go there to show her children the home where they should have lived, to go through her mother’s old clothes, sell the house and say goodbye.
But as she walks into the stark white house she begins to feel uneasy. There are religious quotes etched into the walls of the hallway and a jewelry box full of letters hidden in her mother’s room.
Because the family she lost is hiding dark secrets and the further she digs, the more the happy life she has carefully built for herself and her children is at risk…
The first page already made me pull the box of tissues closer to me …
When you are adopted and your adoptive parents tell you, as soon as you are old enough, some details about your birth mother, you don’t have any reasons to doubt them when they say that’s all they know.
Years later, it seems like they were not completely honest with you. You are hurt and it puts a strain on your relationship. You are determined to get to the bottom of it but you might get a lot more than you bargained for …
The author wrote an emotional story that wants to make you kick some people and embrace others, that makes you want to weep for things that happened and how they were handled, that makes you happy about new friendships that were built and regret some relationship that were very promising but could never be.
She also added a degree of suspense that keeps you captivated while Amanda as well as we learn the truth little by little. We all want to know the truth, but are we somtimes not better off not knowing everything…?
A great book that maybe starts a little slowly, but once all the pieces start to fit together, you will put all the rest on hold. 5 stars.
Thank you, Lauren Westwood and Bookouture
About the author
Lauren Westwood writes dark and romantic women’s fiction and is also an award-winning children’s writer. Originally from California, she now lives in England in a pernickety old house built in 1602, with her partner and three daughters.
Lauren hopes you enjoy her latest book, My Mother’s Silence, which is a dark, emotional journey about homecoming and family secrets. Your opinions are important to her, so please do leave a review.
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