ABOUT THE BOOK
‘There’s only been one time that Rose couldn’t stop me from doing the wrong thing and that was a mistake that will haunt me for the rest of my life.’
Fern Castle works in her local library. She has dinner with her twin sister Rose three nights a week. And she avoids crowds, bright lights and loud noises as much as possible. Fern has a carefully structured life and disrupting her routine can be . . . dangerous.
When Rose discovers that she cannot fall pregnant, Fern sees her chance to pay her sister back for everything Rose has done for her. Fern can have a baby for Rose. She just needs to find a father. Simple.
Fern’s mission will shake the foundations of the life she has carefully built for herself and stir up dark secrets that she long thought were buried.
Boom! Straight into my number one read of the year so far! Oh wow, I want to shout about this book, because it is terrific! The story follows twins that are nothing like each other, either in looks or character. Fern is tall and slender and works in the library, but she comes with problems, because she has trouble with sensory perception, unable to read people, and what they feel and has she has difficulty with noise. Rose, on the other hand, is short and dark and has been diagnosed with diabetes. She is organised and knows where her life is going. Rose always looks out for Fern.
From the first page where I met the twins, I was invested in their story, and there was no way that I was putting this book down for anything. I loved quirky Fern and how the people that worked with her accepted her for who she was. Every minute was a challenge, but her sister Rose had always been at her side, keeping her safe. Now Fern could pay her back, and she hatched a plan.
Oh boy, I thought this book couldn’t get better, but I was so wrong, this was a gem, a rough diamond that was truly priceless. New characters come into the story that just made my heart flip. While at the other end of the scale the story kept dropping back into the past. I cried ugly tears and loved every moment. Oops, there I go again while I am writing this!
I want to say soooooo much about the story, but I can’t, I just won’t. I laughed so much too, as the author caught every moment with perfection, and ensured that I cared about these people, and I did. It will be one of my come back to books, time and time again, no matter that I know the end and the future of these fabulous characters. I know that it will still knock me sideways time and time again. Highly, and completely, recommended. You won’t regret it!
I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book which I truly loved!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives (2015), The Things We Keep (2016) The Mother’s Promise (2017), The Family Next Door (2018) and The Mother In Law (April 2019). Sally’s books have been labelled “enchanting” by The Herald Sun, “smart and engaging” by Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Giffin have praised Sally’s novels as “women’s fiction at its finest” and “totally absorbing”.
Sally’s novels are available worldwide in English and have been translated into 10+ languages.
Sally lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children.