Monday, January 27, 2020

BLOG TOUR - The Forgotten Wife

Today I am pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Forgotten Wife by Emma Robinson.


When you see them, they are so happy, so in love. He’s holding the door open for her, she’s clearly expecting a baby. You think: she has everything I don’t. Everything I ever dreamed of…

There’s room in her house where Shelley has shut away a heartbreakingly-soft, never-used baby blanket. In a box, under a bed, behind a door that she never opens. If it’s there, she can forget about it. Just like she has her memories. Of a marriage that hadn’t been perfect. Of a life that didn’t go the way she had hoped.

Every day she acts like everything is normal. Going to work and following a routine helps her pretend the bad stuff never happened. Until one day, everything changes.

She sees the couple moving in next door, laughing sweetly as they walk up the path to their new home. The woman is pregnant. It’s like she has everything that Shelley has lost. But when Shelley properly meets Lara, she soon discovers Lara is actually carrying a heartache to match her own.

As her friendship with Lara deepens, Shelley starts to wonder what might happen if she opens the box she’s hidden away, with the tiny, beautiful blanket in it. Will the secrets from her past – about what she lost, what she’s hiding from, and what she has been doing her best to forget – destroy her? Or will opening it up finally give her a change to live again?

A heartbreaking emotional drama about the power of friendship that will make readers laugh and cry, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Dani Atkins and Daniela Sacerdoti.  

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Title:   The Forgotten Wife
Author:  Emma Robinson
Genre:   Women's Fiction
Publisher:  Bookouture
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   277
Date of Publication:   January 27, 2020
My Rating:   4 Stars

When a new couple moves in next door to Shelley, the wife, Lara wants to befriend her. Lara is pregnant and Shelley immediately feels deep pangs of loss. She is still grieving the fact that her husband Greg has left her. What is more is that she is hiding something special away, a baby blanket among the things.

Lara all but barges into Shelley's life. Before she knows it, Lara is helping her to declutter her home, with a book she read giving both women direction. Meanwhile, Shelley begins to notice things about Lara, even wondering about the state of her marriage. Their friendship grows closer, yet each woman is keeping secrets from the other.

The Forgotten Wife is a very good story that hits hard. I found a kinship with each woman and their losses. As we read the book, we are getting the story delivered in both of their perspectives. It is easy to see how two strangers could easily become so close. Grab some tissues, because they will definitely be needed. Despite the tears, the story ended with hope, so this delivered a very good balance. This is my second book by Emma Robinson and I highly recommend it. She writes deeply emotional stories that will stay with the reader for a very long time. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Emma Robinson is the author of five novels about motherhood and female friendship including The Undercover Mother.

Her fifth novel - The Forgotten Wife - will be out in January 2020.

When she is not writing, Emma is an English teacher and lives in Essex with a patient husband and two children who are an endless source of material.


  1. Being able to really connect with the main characters makes the emotional impact of a book like this one so much stronger. Lovely review Robin!

  2. I have to be in a really particular mood for highly emotional reads like this. Sounds like a real tear jerker!

  3. Oh gosh this sounds so emotional. Great review.

  4. Amazing review Robin, I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book and it looks and sounds absolutely amazing and very emotional as well. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  5. Lovely review, I fear this one would be an ugly cry

  6. Nice review & summary. It's been a while since I read any of these emotional ones, may be it's time now. I'll give a try. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Lovely review and thanks for the recommendation!

  8. I feel like this book would be too emotional for me.