Friday, 22 July 2016

Someone Else's Child by Helen Klein Ross

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Some people will go to any lengths to have a baby...

Lucy Wakefield wants a child more than anything. So when she finds a seemingly abandoned baby in a store, she sees it as a sign. She doesn't mean for it to go as far it does.

Little does she realise the heartbroken family she leaves in her wake, nor the impact her reckless decision will have on the daughter she raises as her own.

Mia Wakefield has always known she was adopted but now she is about to discover the devastating secret of her birth - and the lengths her mother went to...

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My review:

Lucy is not a kidnapper. She is a woman desperate for a baby, failing at one of the most natural things women are made for. It breaks her marriage, her soul and her heart.

She doesn’t plan to take the baby, she just sees a vulnerable little girl, left on her own in a supermarket trolley, with no one around to take care of her. She thinks the baby is cold and uncomfortable. So she pushes the trolley towards the exit to give her some fresh air. And she keeps pushing. She doesn’t stop at the exit, she doesn’t stop in the car park or when she puts the baby girl in her car. She keep going until she knows that what she has done will change her life forever.

I experienced contradicting emotions whilst reading this book. I felt sorry for Lucy and for the terrible decision she made when she took the little baby. I felt sorry for Marilyn for losing her baby this way, not knowing what happened to her. I felt angry with Lucy for thinking Marilyn would be ok if she had more children. And I felt sad for Mia, growing up thinking she was adopted only to have her life shattered to pieces later on.

We all think we know how we would feel or react if this kind of thing happened to us, but this book has changed my mind. It’s very well written; I enjoyed the short chapters written from points of view of all people involved in their lives as it proved how many people get affected by such incidents.

Thank you to very much Helen and NetGalley for access to this book in return for this honest opinion.

My rating: 5/5

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