Friday, February 11, 2022

BLOG TOUR - The Child I Never Had



If you had to make an impossible choice to save your long-lost daughter, you would… wouldn’t you?

It’s a warm early summer’s evening when Mia’s doorbell rings. She opens the door to see a teenage girl standing in the shadow beyond the porch light—and in an instant she knows who it is. Daisy, the daughter she gave up as a baby. Daisy steps forward, as she says tearfully “I’m sorry I didn’t call first. But something happened. And I really needed… you.”

Seventeen years before, knowing she couldn’t possibly give her beautiful little girl Daisy the future she deserved, Mia made the hardest decision of her life—to give her up. And Suzanne seemed the perfect adoptive mother: calm, stable, and full of love for the daughter she’d always dreamed of having.

The two mothers promised to keep communication open, so Daisy could have Mia’s love and support along with Suzanne’s. But as the years passed, Mia moved away, and their visits happened less. Now Daisy is almost a stranger to Mia—angry, closed and broken—nothing like the tiny girl she once couldn’t bear to say goodbye to.

But now Daisy has arrived on Mia’s doorstep, and she says she has a terrible secret. One she can never tell Suzanne. And she believes the only person who can help her is Mia. Her birth mother.

Mia, however, has secrets of her own. Ones she is afraid to let Daisy or anyone else know. And while Suzanne desperately seeks a way to bring her child home, can Mia overcome her past to help the girl they both call their daughter in her darkest hour before it’s too late?

Totally gripping emotional women’s fiction from the author guaranteed to make readers cry. Kate Hewitt’s story will grab you by the heartstrings and never let you go. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain and Jojo Moyes.


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Title:   The Child I Never Had
Author:  Kate Hewitt
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Women’s Fiction
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   388
Date of Publication:   February 10, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars 

Mia and Suzanne share the same daughter Daisy. Sort of. Mia got pregnant while she was a sophomore in college and was pressured by her parents to put her baby up for adoption. She chooses Suzanne and Mark and they agree on an open adoption, thus Mia will be in Daisy's life. 

Now Daisy is 18 years of age and she makes the decision to go live with Mia and Mia's husband Tom and their three daughters. Suzanne is beside herself as to why Daisy has made this decision. Meanwhile, Mia is not so sure she wants her family life changed as much as it just might by having Daisy move in.

Meanwhile, Suzanne and Mark are now divorced, and Suzanne is raising Daisy alone. What fractured in her relationship with Daisy that Daisy wants to move out? Meanwhile, Mia must adjust, all while she has a secret she is keeping.

What an incredibly emotional story. It was so hard not to feel for both Mia and Suzanne as mothers who loved the same child. Any mother wants the best for their child, no matter how they became parents. In this case exploration of feelings was handled so well by Kate Hewitt. 

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


Kate Hewitt is the author of many romance and women’s fiction novels. A former New Yorker and now an American ex-pat, she lives in a small town on the Welsh border with her husband, five children, and their overly affectionate Golden Retriever. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling stories that tackle real issues and touch people’s lives.

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