Kerry Fisher has written a beautifully detailed story of a pregnant woman in the 60's, who was unable to keep her baby. The present generation have very little idea of what it was like to be pregnant with a wanted but unable to be kept baby. During that era there was such a social stigma attached to unmarried pregnant women. To start with, contraception ( no pill then) was often unreliable, abortion was illegal but many girls resorted to " dodgy" back yard abortionists, where some girls even died. If they wished to keep the baby they had to give up their job ( no maternity leave then) nor any financial help from the government. So lots ended up in the single mothers home when once they gave birth the baby was taken away and given for adoption. There was also no counselling available. Such was the plight of Louise. My heart bled for her. She was in such a predicament that there was no option for her It was no wonder she suffered so emotionally, often taking her feelings out on her husband and 2 children. Fortunately, many years later with the help of her youngest daughter she was able to meet her son and his adoptive mother.
Read this book because I so enjoyed The Silent Wife. I don't read many books like this these days, but Kerry's writing reminds me a lot of Jodi Piccoult.... with all the emotions involved and the heart-wrenching stories. I was enthralled ...had to keep reading to find the answers to so many questions I had! Just a terrific read....quite a few tears involved!
Full of love heartbreak tears and laughter, Relating to so much that really happens. I could relate it to my own life as I was in the Same situation as Adam / Edward. A really great read and I would read any other book by the same author.
*Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
I absolutely loved how this was written. Instead of the story spanning over only a year or two, this is spread out over decades! It was so interesting to watch the story unfold and how the characters grew. The lives of this family are complex and emotions while reading were quite high. The story was also written in a way where there were two narrators. I wont give away who they are but im rather glad that this had happened. You could feel the hurt, the sadness, the fear and all the other emotions involved. Giving up a baby for adoption and the fact that the main character had held onto this secret was so powerfully written and heartbreaking. I'm trying to imagine doing that myself, the whole, put yourself in others shoes type thing, and just how overwhelming it all feels. I liked all the characters and they all definitely brought something to the story. It also helped me see what happens to a friendship when paths break and are not mended. I felt so sad over how much time had passed between two of the characters because of a fight they had. (Again, I will not spoil who it was between.) I found this story grabbed my attention and held onto it throughout the whole book. Definatly one I recommend.
What a book! This is the second of Kerry's books I've read and she's fast becoming one of my favourite authors. This story is written so beautifully, with care and attention to detail that is simply astonishing. It takes such talent to be able to create characters that are so full of depth that you feel every emotion. This book really is a roller-coaster of feelings and I found myself developing a real love of the characters, so much so that at times I found myself in tears and had to stop reading while I reached for the tissues. The story unfolds in a way that you could never have imagined at the beginning. The strength of conviction and the depth of love between the characters is phenomenal and the complexities of the relationships is just breathtaking. A spectacular tale in family politics and such a touching tribute to all those families that found themselves in similar situations. Kerry I salute you and your incredible ability to write such raw and at times harrowing stories, based on such real events that have unfolded across generations. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to everyone! Go read it now (But make sure you have a box of tissues to hand)!