I look at my daughter. My darling girl. I remember her tiny hand in mine, her first smile. I recall her tears when she’d tumble over, healed instantly with a band-aid and a little kiss. I have to keep her safe. Even if it means someone else gets hurt…
In the pretty, privileged college town of Milford, New Hampshire, everyone is friendly, everything is safe. And on this cold autumn day, as red and yellow leaves begin to fall from the trees, and everyone wraps up for the first time, it would be easy to believe nothing bad could ever happen here.
Until a screech of tires is heard, a thud, a child’s scream. The crash that sees Jenna’s six-year-old daughter Amy Rose being hit by a car driven by seventeen-year-old Maddie.
Maddie’s mother, Ellen—a college professor with a warm, approachable reputation—insists it must have been an accident. Her daughter is always safe on the road—and she’s vulnerable herself.
But as Amy Rose lies unconscious in hospital, the town begins to take sides. With Ellen, who just wants to defend her daughter. Or with Jenna, a single mother with a past, whose child hovers between life and death…
The truth is that both mothers have secrets they’re trying to keep. And, with Amy Rose’s life hanging in the balance, one of them will stop at nothing to protect the person she loves—her daughter.
An incredible, powerfully emotional and heartbreaking read, with a dilemma that will make everyone wonder what they would do, in either mother’s shoes. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain.
Genre: Women's Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 256
Date of Publication: September 27, 2021
My Rating: 5 Stars
Sadly, Amy Rose has been struck by a car and is in a medically induced coma. Maddie is the teen driver that struck Amy Rose. In this emotional story of two mothers, secrets and guilt rise to the fore after this tragic accident.
Jenna, Amy Rose's mother, and Ellen, Maddie's mother, could not be more different. Ellen is a college professor, and quite happily married. Conversely, Jenna is a single mother with an uncertain past. While Jenna is desperate for Amy Rose to recover, Ellen has motherly concerns herself. Things are not quite right with Maddie and Ellen worries that this accident could destroy the teen's already fragile existence. How can both Ellen and Jenna fight for their daughters amidst these trying times?
This story is certain to bring out powerful emotions to any reader, as this compelling read did with me. While the drama each mother was experiencing was overwhelming, and despite their differences, things did begin to interconnect. This pulled me even deeper into an already gripping read, bringing a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes more than once. Kate Hewitt has a knack for placing her readers into the driver's seat thus exposing a rawness that is felt deep within. My Daughter's Mistake brings me to an even dozen reads by this fabulous author leaving me quite keen for upcoming books by her.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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