‘There’s only been one time that Rose couldn’t stop me from doing the wrong thing and that was a mistake that will haunt me for the rest of my life.’
Fern Castle works in her local library. She has dinner with her twin sister Rose three nights a week. And she avoids crowds, bright lights and loud noises as much as possible. Fern has a carefully structured life and disrupting her routine can be . . . dangerous.
When Rose discovers that she cannot fall pregnant, Fern sees her chance to pay her sister back for everything Rose has done for her. Fern can have a baby for Rose. She just needs to find a father. Simple.
Fern’s mission will shake the foundations of the life she has carefully built for herself and stir up dark secrets that she long thought were buried.
Cleverly Constructed and Beautifully Written!
Another excellent novel from an author who always delivers!
Fern Castle enjoys her job at the library and has dinner with her sister three times a week. She doesn’t deal well with the unexpected and likes routine, staying away from crowds, excessive noise and bright lights. Her sister Rose has always looked out for her and when Rose can’t get pregnant, Fern thinks that having a baby for her sister will be a way of thanking her for all she has done. Will stepping out of her structured life be straightforward for Fern?
This isn’t my first Sally Hepworth book; every time she grabs my attention and sucks me into the story and then surprises me – and this time is no different. I really liked Fern and admired the close relationship she had with her sister and how well she coped with her life. The characters are well-developed individuals who very quickly got under my skin and the whole story is very cleverly constructed and beautifully written. I really didn’t see what was coming – the author had me hook, line and sinker. A captivating tale, written with the author’s trademark easy style and sleight of hand which focuses the reader’s attention exactly where she wants it to be. An excellent read which I’m happy to recommend and give 4.5*.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: women’s psychological fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook, audio cd
- Size: 312 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
- Publication Date: 15 April 2021
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Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of five previous novels, and a human resource professional. A graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Sally started writing novels after the birth of her first child. Sally has lived around the world, spending extended periods in Singapore, the UK, and Canada, and she now writes full-time from her home in Melbourne, where she lives with her husband and two young children.
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