Monday, March 30, 2020

BLOG TOUR and EXCERPT - The Daughter She Lost

Please enjoy the excerpt below for The Daughter She Lost by Lauren Westwood.


I know in my heart that I’m going to lose you, my dearest darling girl. I can’t fight any longer. No matter what I do, no matter how much I love you, I know that this is the end for me. But remember that I am with you always and that because of you, my mistake was worth it.

Amanda always knew she was adopted, but when she inherits a house in Avalon Springs, it’s the first she hears of her birth mother’s death. The moment she used to imagine meeting her for the first time and staring into the bright blue eyes they might share, will always remain a dream.

Heartbroken, Amanda knows she must go there to show her children the home where they should have lived, to go through her mother’s old clothes, sell the house and say goodbye.

But as she walks into the stark white house she begins to feel uneasy. There are religious quotes etched into the walls of the hallway and a jewelry box full of letters hidden in her mother’s room.

Because the family she lost is hiding dark secrets and the further she digs, the more the happy life she has carefully built for herself and her children is at risk…

A gripping and emotional novel about what it means to belong. The Daughter She Lost is perfect for fans of Kerry Fisher, Diane Chamberlain and Liane Moriarty.

Please enjoy the following excerpt:

The Daughter She Lost by Lauren Westwood


Chapter 1

The fog closed in quickly as they drove north. At first, it was a gradual gray, a lessening of the sun. Then, tendrils of mist began to creep down the dark, tree-covered mountains, like the heavy, chilled breath of a sleeping giant. Soon, the gloom had set in so thick and heavy that she could barely see the road at all. The headlights couldn’t cope with the solid gray, and she had to slow down almost to a crawl.

The kids were focused on their iPads and probably hadn’t even noticed. Amanda, however, felt the weight of it pressing down on her soul. She remembered something she’d read about this place, when she’d first started on this whole ridiculous journey. That this area had been used by the US military in World War II specifically to train pilots to land in fog. That should have been a warning that this was a place to avoid.

An eighteen-wheeler came out of the fog at top speed. It whizzed past the Audi, shaking it so hard that Amanda almost went off the road. Her hands clenched on the wheel as sweat beaded up on her forehead. She didn’t have to do this. She could pull over, turn around. Go somewhere… anywhere… else.

She loosened her grip and allowed herself an indulgent little memory of the home they had left behind. Beautiful Laguna Beach, with its crystal blue ocean and cloud-wisped sunny skies. She’d got the house on Silverdale Crescent in the divorce settlement, just over two years ago. It was a two-story Spanish-style house, with orange trees in the front yard, and a swimming pool out back. Unfortunately, it was just around the corner from an identical house on Oglethorpe Drive, where Steve, her ex, now lived with his new wife.

In the divorce, Steve had bought out her half of the company; she had got full custody of the children. Steve had got the sports car; Amanda had got the nanny. It was an “amicable” arrangement. Even now, a strong, familiar wave of anger swept over her. Her marriage had been rotten to the core, and she hadn’t even had an inkling. At the time it had been a shock, like falling down a deep dark well. But she’d survived the fall and was beginning to climb back up. Amanda had been sure that she was through the worst. Until three months ago, when she’d got the news that she’d inherited a house from a woman she’d never heard of, in a town called Avalon Springs.

Now, she wasn’t sure of anything...


Lauren Westwood writes dark and romantic women's fiction and is also an award-winning children's writer. Originally from California, she now lives in England in a pernickety old house built in 1602, with her partner and three daughters.

Lauren hopes you enjoy her latest book, My Mother's Silence, which is a dark, emotional journey about homecoming and family secrets. Your opinions are important to her, so please do leave a review.

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