From the bestselling author of Before I Let You Go comes a touching, beautifully told story about the enduring strength of a mother's love.
"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, Sabina makes a discovery that will change everything, not just for her, but for the women who have loved her all these years.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.45(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction novels including Me Without You, The Secret Daughter, When I Lost You, A Mother's Confession and her most recent release, Before I Let You Go. She lives in rural Australia with her family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Secret Daughter is a heart-wrenching novel that takes place during the 1970s, in Australia, when force adoptions were acceptable. This book reads like a powerful memoir, compelling, absorbing, and unforgettable. Lilly was sixteen when she was sent away to a Maternity home for unwed mothers; a place where she was forced, to stay and work, until her baby was born. When Lilly first arrived, she had no idea that she wouldn’t be leaving with her baby. When she discovered the truth, Lilly was horrified. Her love letters to James, the father of her unborn child, went from being heartwarming to heartbreaking. Lilly pleaded with James to take her out of the maternity home before it was too late. I was completely engrossed in this story from the very first page. The book fast-forwards to 2012, when Lilly’s lost child, Sabina, discovers that she is pregnant. Sabina’s dad is ecstatic about being a grandfather, but her mother, Megan, is not. Sabina couldn’t understand why her mother wasn’t happy for her. It wasn’t until the truth of her birth and adoption was revealed to her that Sabrina understood. Sabina’s parents tried to convince their daughter that they didn’t know who her birth mother was. Sabina felt strongly, however, that her parents were lying. But why? What kind of ugly secret could they possibly be hiding? When the truth was exposed, Sabina was horrified. It was worse than she’d ever imagined. The Secret Daughter is a well-written moving novel, touching as well as heart-wrenching. It’s a powerful, emotional story, and one that I won’t forget for a very long time.
Lilly was pregnant and at The Maternity House and being forced to give up her baby. This child was adopted and turned out to be Sabina. Thirty-seven years later Sabina finds out she had been adopted unaware before this time. Such a wide range of emotion from the main women of this story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Heartbreaking to know this was once done to young women in another country or any country for that matter. The story and plot were excellent as were the characters of this story. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story for an honest review
I really enjoyed this book and liked reading through the different viewpoints of the 3 main characters. The present day story line was told by Sabina and the past story line was told by Megan and Lilly- Sabina's mothers. The style of this book reminds me a lot of the stylings of Diane Chamberlain and Jodi Picoult, the way the story flips between past and present and told from different viewpoints in order to tell the story and intertwine the characters. I would definitely recommend this book