As I watch her walk away, an arm raised to her face as she wipes tears from her eyes, I wonder if I really can go through losing her again. Because if I do this, I might gain a child, but I’ll lose her in the process.
Isla and Ben are devoted parents to their beloved daughter, Reese. She is their little miracle, the child they thought they’d never have until donors made her existence possible. But Isla has never told Reese about her biological parents. She wants to be honest with her daughter, but can she bear to open up old wounds?
Then Isla receives a call from Lucy, once her closest friend and the donor who made her dreams come true, and it seems she may need to make a decision sooner than she thought. They haven’t spoken in almost ten years, but Lucy has devastating news: she has lost her beloved husband Nate, just after they decided they wanted to become parents after all.
Heartbroken for her friend, Isla welcomes Lucy back into her life. But then Lucy comes to Isla with a request that changes everything. If Lucy gets what she wants, Isla’s perfect family could be destroyed. But would she deny the woman who helped her become a mother the chance for her own happiness?
A Child of My Own is a heartbreaking, gripping and emotional story about motherhood, loss and friendship, perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Kelly Rimmer and Kate Hewitt.
Isla and Lucy have been friends since childhood, but as they have grown into adults with their own marriages and lives to maintain, they haven’t spoken in almost ten years. After Lucy and Nate gave Isla and Ben the greatest gift, by donating embryo’s to the couple which enabled them to fulfil their dreams of starting a family, Isla quickly blocks them out of their lives and cuts all contact with them.
Lucy and Nate had never had any plans to start a family, as they were both focusing on their demanding jobs which required them to travel a lot. When their lives start to slow down, they start to think about starting a family of their own, but when tragedy strikes, and Lucy finds herself having to live a life without Nate, she finds her mind drifting to the gift both herself and Nate gave her best friend all those years ago, and wonders if there is any chance of keeping that part of Nate with her.
This story really was an emotional read, but one that captivated me from the start. I loved the entire concept of this book, with a unique storyline, and fascinating characters, this book certainly has a lot to offer the reader.
I found the characters intriguing and wonderfully developed. The author provided each character with their own personalities and hidden depths. I found my heart breaking for both Lucy and Isla, but for very different reasons. The raw emotion of Lucy having to come to terms with the loss of her husband was heart breaking, as was Isla having to deal with the possibility of losing the child she has carried and raised from birth. The way in which the author portrayed this really allowed the reader to feel completely immersed in the characters lives, and fully invested in their happiness.
This book was beautifully written, emotionally driven and completely and utterly captivating, a definite must read!.
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About The Author
Vanessa Carnevale is an Australian author of women’s fiction. She is also the host of Your Beautiful Writing Life retreats held in Tuscany and Australia. Vanessa loves to travel, and spent several years living in Florence, Italy, a place she considers her second home. She lives in Australia with her husband and two children. Her previous novels, THE MEMORIES OF US and THE FLORENTINE BRIDGE are published by HarperCollins and have been translated into German and Slovenian. Vanessa’s third novel will be published by Bookouture in August 2020.