The Secret Daughter was my second Kelly Rimmer book and I found it to be a beautifully told narrative. However, it was also a heartbreaking story about adoption and great maternal love. Just the same as when I read Me Without You, I took another 'journey' with this book, knowing it would impact on me, and it sure did! Sabina was pregnant and thirty-eight when she discovered she was adopted. She didn't have a clue! Angry and hurt, she searched for answers. And, you know whenever you start digging, you could be confronted by the unexpected, right? This was certainly Sabina's experience. The Secret Daughter unfolded through three POVs - Sabina, Megan (adoptive mother) and Lily (birth mother). I felt sympathy, but pain for all three women, particularly Megan and Lily: they both had their stories to tell and they were so terribly sad. The story also told of forced choices, hard decisions and signs of strength of character. Wow! This was a must read book, even though it was a gut-wrenching experience. The plot, the characters, the imagery and the flow all combined to pull at the heartstrings for a powerful read.
This book will haunt me for a while. The characters of Megan and Grae make you want to hate them and then you ‘get’ what they did and you understand they are human after all. Sabrina has a hard journey in front of her but has this amazing husband by her side. Times have changed and ‘forced adoptions’ are no longer. But what damage has this caused to the women who gave up their babies, and for those babies who have grown up and found out they were adopted. Not all have happy stories to tell. Kelly Rimmer’s story whilst fictional is very very moving. If this was a movie there wouldn’t be a dry eye anywhere in the audience. Much like mine now.
I did enjoy this book and would have given it 5 stars but there was I didn't like the way Sabina was with her adoptive mother - she was very hard. Given that she hadn't been told about her adoption and that the circumstances were not good (later revealed) I can understand her being very upset but it was her adoptive father who was the one who "ruled the roost" and would not let the mother talk. It would have been very hurtful for Megan to be treated in this way by Sabina too. The forced adoption issue was an eye opener but Megan did do her best in this situation as well and didn't really have much choice when it came to keeping Sabina. I really felt for Lilly, from the time of her admission to the home before birth until finally, 38 years later she finally met with her daughter. It all turned out well and it was still a great read and education - I would recommend it totally to other readers; and I would definitely read more of Kelly Rimmer's books.
This was a great read and it had me hooked on the book till I finished it ,Loved the way the two stories ran together , and that she found her birth mother and was excepted into their family . It must have been so hard on the girls that got pregnant and had their babies taken from them thank goodness it does not happen today
A story about young pregnant unmarried girls and the pressure to give their babies up for adoption. Well written, full of emotion. A must read about a time when the government and their agencies thought they knew best.