Publication date – 13th October, 2020.
Cara took a deep breath and let it out slowly. ‘She’s not just my daughter,’ she said as she turned in her seat to face Jack. This man she had once loved, but who she hadn’t seen for nearly five years. ‘Sophie is your daughter too.’
It is past ten o’clock on a cold Friday night when Rebecca and her husband Jack’s doorbell rings. Outside is a woman who introduces herself as Jack’s ex-girlfriend Cara. And she’s holding the hand of a shivering, blue-eyed, four-year-old girl. Who she claims is Jack’s daughter.
Rebecca is shocked to discover he has a child from his last relationship – even one he hadn’t known about. Because becoming parents isn’t part of their life plan. They like children, but they also love their freedom and spending time together uninterrupted; the way that, if they wanted to, they could travel the world at a moment’s notice.
But Cara needs them. Because Cara has a devastating secret that she can’t tell anyone yet. Not even her daughter. A secret with the power to change all of their lives.
A secret that will ultimately mean Rebecca has to ask herself – could she find it in herself to welcome her husband’s child into her home, and into her heart?
A heartbreaking and powerful emotional women’s fiction novel about love, friendship and what it truly means to be a parent, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Kate Hewitt.
About the author
Emma Robinson is the author of five novels about motherhood and female friendship including The Forgotten Wife. Her sixth novel – My Husband’s Daughter – is out in October 2020.
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.
Blooming hell! What did Emma Robinson do to me with this book? I’ll tell you what. (Finger points while frowning). She had me in bits and not even funerals do that to me. This was the most touching story I’ve read for a long time, so bravo to the author.
If you love thought provoking fiction that will get you through tissue paper quicker than a dose of food poisoning, then ‘My Husband’s Daughter’ is the book you’re after. Of course, it won’t be as messy unless you’re really squeamish of your own snivelling nose and eyes, but that’s another story entirely.
My favourite POV in this book was Rebecca’s. The woman who chooses not to have children is totally underrepresented and the fact that Emma wrote Rebecca so well made me cheesed off with Rebecca’s friends and acquaintances, going on and on at her like a boring broken record (the boring friends, not the book). Her stance on everything absolutely heightened what was to come and made it all the more emotional.
This is an amazing story of compassion and selflessness and if you don’t get upset reading it, I don’t think you’re capable of being upset. This is an absolutely brilliant five star read and not one to be missed!
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