Monday, January 24, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Someone Else's Child


The first time I saw you, I knew you were meant to be ours. I took you in my arms, your little hands in tight fists, and I knew I was going to do everything in my power to be the mother you needed and deserved…

When Catriona loses her baby girl at birth, it shatters her. But like a light in the darkness, Catriona is given the chance to adopt beautiful baby April, and now she cannot imagine life without her.

The family’s picture-perfect home is filled every day with April’s warm giggles and joyful games. But when her daughter is just eight years old, Catriona gets the call that she has been silently dreading. April’s birth mother, Lauren, would like to meet her.

Lauren breezes into their home and April just sparkles around her. Their matching turquoise eyes and chestnut hair feels like a knife to Catriona’s heart. Lauren appears to have her life back on track, with a good job and a new house in an upscale neighbourhood. Pushing to spend more and more time with April, one day Lauren says the unthinkable: April belongs with me.

Who can truly give the little girl the love and family she deserves? Catriona is sure Lauren is keeping secrets. Catriona only wants what is best for her darling daughter, but does that really mean she has to let her go forever?

A totally unforgettable, emotional, and beautiful novel that will break your heart into a million pieces and put it back together again. Powerful and ultimately uplifting, fans of Kate Hewitt, Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain will be captivated.


Someone Else's Child
Author:  Alison Ragsdale
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Woman's Fiction
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   322
Date of Publication:   January 21, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars

Due to a difficult delivery, Catriona sadly lost one of her baby girls at birth. However, she was given the opportunity to adopt a baby girl named April and had the wonderful blessing of raising twins despite her devastating loss. Her life is complete, but as any mother would, she grieves her previous loss. April and Hope get along remarkably well and their family of four is truly blessed. However, they face another devastating loss and her family is shattered. Then April's birth mother wants to meet April. Catriona does not know how much more she can handle.

How will her family cope with their losses and the fact that April will be meeting her birth mother? Will Catriona lose everything, especially as the family is grieving so much? The sadness was palpable in this story, a story of a mother's love. 

As a mother myself, I really felt for Catriona. No, I never experienced any of the things she did, but just the sheer intensity of her love for her children is what made me truly connect with her. She wanted the best for her family, even if it meant great sacrifice. 

Alison Ragsdale has written another compelling read that was full of heartbreak. One thing this book did was to show the range of the stages of grief all while the gentle thread of hope shone through keeping me riveted from the very beginning. Impossible to put down and one that I will remember for years to come.

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


A former marketing executive, originally from Edinburgh, Alison now lives near Washington D.C. with her husband and dog. She was educated in England and holds an MBA from Leicester University.

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