The Sapphire Cove: An absolutely heartbreaking and gripping page-turner by Sophie Anderson
My mother kept me. But she let my only sister go…
Flora has fled from her broken marriage to take care of her sick mother, in an isolated farmhouse with ice on its windows. She is shaken by her mother’s pale worn face and is determined to make her feel safe and looked after. But as she draws heavy curtains and lights fires, she makes a shocking discovery. Hidden at the bottom of a drawer lies a crumpled photo of a smiling baby girl she doesn’t recognise. A photo her mother refuses to talk about…
As Flora delves into the story behind her mother’s secret photograph, begging her for details, she is devastated to uncover a hidden teenage love affair, a dark betrayal and two little girls tragically split apart. Flora’s childhood was lonely and quiet, and she is shocked to learn things should have been very different.
As the world Flora knows crumbles around her ears, she is rescued from darkness by Joseph, a man she has never met, who has travelled from his far-away home above a sapphire cove in the Philippines. As they sip tea at Flora’s battered kitchen table Joseph begs Flora for her help. The baby in the picture is someone from Flora’s past, and she is dying.
With the clock ticking, Flora boards a plane, desperate to meet the girl from the photograph. But nobody gets to decide who dies and who stays alive. Will she arrive in time, or is she too late to find out why two innocent little girls were forced to live on opposite sides of the world? And will finding the truth about her real family free her from the pain of her past?
A heartbreaking and emotional read about love, letting go and a family torn apart in the saddest of circumstances. Fans of Jodi Picoult, Lucinda Riley and Jojo Moyes will never forget The Sapphire Cove.
Genre: Women's Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 385
Date of Publication: February 18, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
Lies and secrets play a huge role in the disconnected relationship between Flora and her ailing mother. Their relationship has never been ideal and even with her mother's failing health, Flora is left to feel inadequate. As a distraction, Flora begins to organize her mother's things. In the process, she discovers a photo that she never saw before.
Quite naturally, she approaches her mother about the picture, but finds that the distance between them grows even more. There is something about the photo that Flora's mother is not telling her. But Flora does not give up. In fact, she begins to unravel a story that pertains to her mother's past and soon discovers that she has a sister.
Different perspectives and different stories slowly begin to connect. As Flora strives to find answers, traveling many miles to meet her sister, the tension grows exponentially, giving evidence as to why the lies and secrets in this story existed. As the setting changed, the drama continued. Even so, there was a message of love and hope with this disconnected family. This utterly compelling read was one that kept me riveted and brought unlikely characters together in a heartwarming fashion. Sophie Anderson's sophomore book was quite engrossing, leaving me eager to read more from her in the future.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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