Most days it’s manageable. No more than a quiet wondering around the edges of her mind.
What has become of the baby she left behind?
Smiling through the pain and suffering in silence, Leslie Laudon marches forward. Embracing the life skillfully designed by her husband Paul. Living right could be penance for an impossible choice made with an uneasy heart. Dutiful and anchoring, Leslie poured herself into her other children. Nurturing them through infancy, protecting them as toddlers, guiding them as teens. As her youngest child heads off to college with her suitcases and coordinating dorm room accessories, so goes Leslie’s identity. The chaotic life of a busy working mother threatens to become dangerously quiet. Quiet enough to hear the voices she’s tried to silence for decades.
Gwen Fox was adopted by two perfect people. Noel and Millie have always treated her the same as their two biological sons. Her parents love is strong and unwavering, yet a soul-deep ache still lingers. Plagued by an unnamed, hard to explain, longing Gwen could never shake.
Riddled with doubt and dragged down by the undertow of unanswered questions, Leslie and Gwen both find their lives suddenly upended. One seeks the truth about the day she was born. The other seeks herself, the woman she was before motherhood. Before she made a choice to leave a piece of her heart lying asleep in the hospital nursery.
In this complex journey for answers, blame is abundant. Guilt is thick enough to choke on. Marriages are brought to the brink of disaster. As the ripples of the past vibrate through their lives, Gwen and Leslie realize there is no turning back. What they have put into motion cannot be stopped. The road toward the truth will be littered with casualties.
I loved this story about mother and daughter finding each other. Heartwarming, good reading.55
Wow! Great book wish it didn’t end. Would like to know what happened next in their lives. Very good read. Thanks!55
I devoured this book, simply couldn’t put it down. The author gave us very human characters, not perfect, but warts & all. They are created as realistic flawed people just doing the best they can & making mistakes as they navigate life. A wonderful book & as soon as I finished it, I purchased the 2nd book in the series. I’m not ready to let go of these people.55
I read this book a few years ago and really liked it. Good job. G55
Fantastic rainy day read. Though the plot was somewhat presumable and the most climatic portions were semi predictable, this book is smoothly written and one you won’t put down. Being the daughter of a father who was adopted, the characters were incredibly real and relatable. Will continue to follow this series.55
Good story. Lots of love and warmth.45
Enjoyed this book very much.55
Real and honest. Loved it and couldn’t wait to read book 2!55
I loved it. This is a well written book and what a great story.55
I have been a fan of Danielle Stewart for awhile now, I have read several of her books. This one did not disappoint. Gwen is an adopted daughter who decides to look for her biological family... Leslie is the mother who tried to give her daughter a better life by putting her up for adoration. The story tells of both women, and how their lives are affected by choices of the other. I found myself wanting them to hurry and find each other if they could, but every detail is so important that I had to make myself slow down so I wouldn’t miss a thing. I loved Gwen and Leslie, they both found strength from loved ones to help them through. Can’t wait for the next book!55