By Kelly Rimmer
Published by Bookouture (18 June 2015)
As I saw my newborn baby's face for the first time, I tried desperately to capture her face in my mind - to stamp it onto my eyelids. As she was taken from me, I knew I might never see my daughter again.
37 years later…
'You were adopted'. Three short words and Sabina's life fractures. There would forever be a Before those words and an After.
Pregnant with her own child, Sabina can't understand how a mother could abandon her daughter, or why her parents have kept the past a secret.
Determined to find the woman who gave her away, what she discovers will change everything, not just for Sabina, but for the women who have loved her all these years.
The Secret Daughter is a really easy read and a heartbreaking story.
This book captured my attention straight away. On announcing that she is pregnant with her first child, Sabina can't understand why her parents don't seem to be happy for her and her husband Ted. Until her mother Megan reveals that she was adopted at birth. Her parents have lied to her for all of her 38 years and are still being cagey about her past.
As Sabina delves further, she discovers that her birth mother Lily was an unmarried teenage girl sent to a maternity home by her family and forced to have her baby adopted. Sabina is more determined than ever to learn more about her roots, even if it means cutting off her own parents. The book is written from the points of view of Sabina, teenage Lily and newly wed Megan.
Kelly Rimmer has written an excellent novel with a fascinating underlying background - the tragedy of forced adoptions. This emotional journey has been written from the heart. Although it is a fictional account, thousands of pregnant teenage girls experienced similar events in Australian maternity homes in the 1970s.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.