Friday, April 16, 2021

Review - His First Wife's Secret

:   His First Wife's Secret
Author:  Emma Robinson
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   251
Date of Publication:   April 15, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars

The tears began to flow. ‘I can’t do this on my own,’ Emily sobbed. ‘I don’t know how.’

When Emily’s husband dies in a terrible accident, she’s not the only wife he leaves behind.

Because, before their whirlwind romance and Emily’s discovery she was pregnant, Pete had been married to Caroline for more than twenty years. A devastating tragedy had torn them apart. But there was a part of Pete that had never fully left his first wife and a secret that would bind them together, forever.

Finding herself lonely, heartbroken, and forced to face life and motherhood alone – Emily is surprised that Caroline offers her support. But Emily knows she needs someone she can trust and rely on. Even if it’s the woman her husband loved before her.

A tentative friendship develops and their lives become entwined. Their bond grows ever stronger as Caroline steps in to help when Emily’s baby arrives unexpectedly early. But it’s not just Caroline hiding a secret. Both of the women who once loved Pete have things they can never admit, without risking a friendship that might be the only thing keeping them both afloat.

When grief begins to takes its toll on Emily, she feels sure that Caroline is the only person who can save her and baby Dylan… But should she trust the woman he loved before her – with her life… Or her child’s?

An utterly devastating, but ultimately uplifting, emotional women’s fiction novel about friendship, motherhood and loss. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis and Jojo Moyes.


Emily and Caroline have something in common - Pete. Caroline was married to him for over twenty years. Emily is married to him now. However, Pete dies in an accident which leads Emily to deliver their unborn son before his due date. Pete's death hits on several levels. For one thing, Caroline and Pete have never recovered from the death of their son. Emily feels completely lost without Pete and what is more she is coping with more emotions than she can handle as she tries to navigate motherhood completely on her own.

When Caroline offers to step in to help Emily, it is a true godsend. Will the two women be able to put their tragic pasts behind them in order to see to the safety and care of the child? What is more is whether or not the secrets that both women hold will be their undoing? Can a friendship be forged between these two women?

This sensitive reads touches on some very serious subjects, and they include postpartum depression, loss, grief and recovery. This book also searches the tentative issue of trust and friendship. The balance is uncertain at times, and quite emotional more than once in this fabulous book by Emma Robinson.

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


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

Her fourth novel - Where I Found You - is available to preorder now and will be released on the 16th August 2019.

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.