I watch them at the school gates, all the mothers with their daughters. I see the hugs and all those thoughtful little adjustments to scarves and ponytails. How their love seems to overflow, they have so much of it to give.
And then I walk home to my aunt’s cold house, where there are a hundred rules for me to follow and only a single photograph of my mother to look at.
She is never spoken about in this house. They tell me that it will be easier if I don’t think about her.
It is strange though, isn’t it? That I know nothing about my own mother?
But they don’t know about the diary I’ve found up in the loft. Maybe they even forgot it was there. It doesn’t matter anymore if they won’t tell me anything. Because within these pages is what I’ve waited fourteen years to find out. And maybe some things I wish I could forget.
All I wanted was to bring our family closer together, but could what I find tear us apart instead?
A heart-breaking and powerful novel about family secrets and how we live with decisions we never thought we would have to make. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Kate Hewitt and Amanda Prowse.
What readers are saying about Ali Mercer:
‘Heartbreaking and heart-warming… A powerful family domestic drama filled with emotion and secrets… A captivating story that kept me hooked until the end.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Absolutely gripping and emotional… More family drama than a prime-time soap opera!!… This instantly hooks you.’ Heidi Lynn’s Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I was intrigued immediately… An emotional rollercoaster where you are not let off until the final page… Make sure you have the tissues handy!’ Once Upon a Time Book Blog, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Such a compelling read. An affecting story, allowing readers to be drawn into the delicate lives of these characters… a superb read.’ Robin Loves Reading, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A family drama that will tug at your heart. Filled with secrets, lies, deceit, and finally forgiveness… A page turner that had me captivated from the start. Great read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Absolutely fantastic, had me gripped!!! Loved it!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow… I HAD to see how this emotional read would end… There was great character development… twists and turns that took me by surprise!’ Steph and Chris’s Book Review
‘Grabs you on the first page and doesn’t let go. It is well written and full of emotions. This is a “Must Read”!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Absolutely brilliant and had me gripped from cover to cover! Would highly recommend!’ NetGalley Reviewer
‘Compelling. Heart-breaking. An evocative story that left its imprint. I highly recommend this book.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Ali Mercer writes with heart and soul… Secrets abound and the reader won't know them all until the end. A definite for your TBR list!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Very emotional. Sure to pull at your heart… make sure you have got tissues… very beautifully written… a must read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Excellent book… Could not put the book down. A real page turner. This book is a must.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Rachel’s life isn’t perfect, but she’s so happy. Her husband Mitch has stuck by her and he’s an amazing dad. Her daughter Becca makes her heart explode with love.
And then, in the blink of an eye, there’s no longer a place for Rachel in her own family. Her heart has been broken: her right to see her beloved daughter has been taken away.
Life goes on in Rachel’s home – family dinners, missing socks and evening baths – but she’s shut out from it. Becca may be tucked up in bed in Rose Cottage, but she is as lost to Rachel as if she had been snatched from under her nose.
Rachel can never forgive herself for what happened that day, and the part she played in it. But she’s starting to realise that things aren’t how she thought they were, and her husband Mitch isn’t who she thought he was either. The truths she has been punishing herself for are built on sand. Has she lost sweet Becca forever, or could finding out what really happened finally bring her back?
A heart-wrenchingly emotional drama for fans of Lisa Wingate, Kate Hewitt and Jodi Picoult.
Readers absolutely adore Lost Daughter...
**** ‘Gosh, this one pulls at the heartstrings!… Lost Daughter has a real emotional heart and is full of hope… I loved it.’ Simply Suze Reviews
**** ‘Wow. What an emotional roller coaster of a book this is… it was such a powerfully emotional story of loss, grief, regret and self-forgiveness… and I found myself completely wrapped up and invested in the characters and their lives… Lost Daughter is an incredibly raw and emotional story… Well worth a read.’ Cosy Books Blog
***** ‘This was a really heartfelt and heartbreaking story… I was pulled into this book very quickly, it was very emotional but extremely well thought out and well written. I would totally read more by Ali Mercer.’ Goodreads reviewer
**** ‘When the publishers say this is heart wrenching, they aren’t kidding… oh my heart… heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Wonderful writing by Ali Mercer.’ The Bookwormery
***** ‘This book totally hooked me and engrossed me. It’s so well written, the characters are so relatable and real, and the plot weaves its magic around the reader… A complex, poignant and captivating book, highly recommended.’ Sibzzreads
***** ‘A beautifully written domestic drama, sure to tug on your heartstrings and make you appreciate your relationships more. Will definitely read more book by this author.’ Goodreads reviewer
**** ‘This novel is a work of art and is lush with thought… Set aside time to read this book because once you get involved in the story you aren't going to want to put it down. If you like a book to really make you think, this is a great read. I look forward to reading more from this author.’ Shelley’s Book Nook
**** ‘This is a bit of a tear jerker… A beautifully poignant story about the bonds that tie women together… My heartstrings were tugged on… A book about women, for women.’ Goodreads reviewer
**** ‘Lost Daughter by Ali Mercer is an engrossing and heart-rending journey through motherhood, loss, and heartbreak… This is an emotive read that will surely tug on the heartstrings of anyone on either side of the mother/child relationship.’ Goodreads reviewer
**** ‘I loved this book… I couldn’t stop reading… The upheaval and sadness in this book are amazing… This book really hit home for me!’ Goodreads reviewer
I’m not supposed to be here. All these years in the same town and I had no idea until I saw his name on the seating plan. He lived with me, once. Loved me. Small-town memories are long, but the people in this room don’t want to remember.
They say the healing is in letting go, but after what he did, he needs to know we haven’t gone away just because he’s shut his eyes.
So I take Daisy by the hand and step forward from the shadows. He notices us and his eyes widen. The champagne glass falls from his hand and smashes. Then he sags forward, making a terrible sound – a sort of strangled scream…
A powerfully emotional novel with a dark secret at its heart. This family drama will keep you hooked until the very last page. Perfect for fans of The Silent Wife, Kate Hewitt and Jodi Picoult.
What readers are saying about His Secret Family:
‘Absolutely fantastic, had me gripped!!! Loved it! Can't wait for more from this author. Storyline was great, characters were easy to connect with.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow, this novel packed a lot more “feels” that I expected!... A quick read for me because I HAD to see how this emotional read would end... There was great character development... twists and turns that took me by surprise! I am looking forward to reading more from Ali Mercer in the future!’ Steph and Chris’s Book Review
‘A book that grabs you on the first page and doesn’t let go. It is well written and full of emotions. This is a “Must Read”!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Absolutely brilliant and had me gripped from cover to cover! I found the writing style to be very captivating and the characters to be immaculately developed... Would highly recommend!’ NetGalley Reviewer
‘Compelling. Heart-breaking. The character development was superb. It was an emotional read... an evocative story that left its imprint. I highly recommend this book.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Ali Mercer writes with heart and soul... well written, true-to-life... Each character is lovingly developed and all-so-human. Secrets abound and the reader won't know them all until the end. A definite for your TBR list!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘It had me from the start. There were so many levels to this book... I could not put it down. You will want to read this.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘This is a powerful family domestic drama filled with emotion and secrets. The story is well developed with lovable “real” characters that you find yourself very invested in. A captivating story that kept me hooked until the end.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Very emotional. Sure to pull at your heart... make sure you have got tissues... very beautifully written... a must read’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘A family drama that will tug at your heart... This is a page turner that had me captivated from the start. Great read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Excellent book... Could not put the book down. A real page turner. This book is a must.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I was hooked and gripped from the beginning. Sometimes with things taking me by surprise! You must read this... a superb book.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I did not want this book to end... a great book.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Hard to put down... It’s gripping and emotional and will keep you entertained to the end.’ NetGalley Reviewer
‘Such an emotional book, written with care and elegance. A really great read that I enjoyed thoroughly.’ NetGalley Reviewer
This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of a life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.