Friday, June 23, 2023

BLOG TOUR - My Only Daughter



I love you, and you are my daughter, no matter what anyone says. Nobody can take you from me.’

In beautiful Rathmoney House nestled by the wild Irish Sea, Margo sits in her black suit, three strings of pearls at her neck, nodding at those offering their condolences. She never thought she would be here without her beloved husband. All she has left is their beautiful daughter Elsa and a house full of memories. Then, she receives a letter that turns everything she thought she knew on its head...

When Margo learns that her daughter was accidentally switched at birth with an American child and Elsa is not in fact her biological daughter, her world shatters. American Cassie and her daughter Tilly are equally shocked to learn about this tragic mistake, and both parents are terrified about the prospect of their daughters being taken away.

Margo and Cassie know that together they must protect their daughters, both biological and not. Cassie and Tilly fly to Ireland, and with the help of the local community they must learn to support each other through the most difficult times.

Will they be able to find a new version of family, or will the shocking revelation force them apart forever?

Previously published as My Mother's Daughter

An absolutely glorious and emotional read that celebrates the power of female friendship. Perfect for fans of Susanne O’Leary, Cathy Kelly and Kathleen McGurl.


Title:   My Only Daughter
Author:  Ann O’Loughlin
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Women’s Fiction
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   406
Date of Publication:   June 1, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars

Is it nature vs. nurture in this devastating case of babies switched at birth? Two mothers, Margo and Cassie, are grieving in their own ways. One is a new widow. The other is newly divorced and is suing for financial support from her ex-husband. They both love their daughters fiercely. Cassie lives in the US and Margo lives in Ireland. Is it any surprise that things cannot stay as they are?

Cassie and Margo each have twelve-year-old daughters who were born on the same day. That is no mere coincidence. What they tragically learn is that their daughters were switched at birth. The way this is learned is when Cassie’s daughter Tilly becomes very ill and through the course of events, a DNA test is run. Basically, both Cassie and Margo gave birth on the same day in a hospital in France. 

Shockingly, a grave error was made and the babies were switched. While this becomes a very difficult thing to imagine for both mothers, the fact remains that Tilly is quite ill, and the fact that the girls were switched must be addressed. 

What a highly emotional read. The course of events remains heartbreaking throughout and this book is truly thought-provoking. Any mother would wonder what they might do in this situation, and the author handled it quite well, making this book utterly impossible to put down. 

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


Ann is the Irish author of five novels and has been translated into eleven languages. Her first novel The Ballroom Cafe was also an ebook bestseller and in the top 20 bestselling books of 2015 on Amazon UK. Ann loves to write and often gets up at 5am to get the words down, before starting her other job of writing as a news reporter. A leading journalist in Ireland, Ann has covered all major news events in a long career with Independent Newspapers, Ireland. She is now a senior journalist with the Irish Examiner specialising in legal issues. Ann has also lived in India. Originally from the west of Ireland she now lives on the east coast with her husband and family.


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