The Forgotten Wife: A heartbreaking family drama with a stunning twist

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‘Heartbreaking… If you read one book this year, make it this.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


When you see them, they are so happy, so in love. He’s holding the door open for her, she’s clearly expecting a baby. You think: she has everything I don’t. Everything I ever dreamed of…


There’s room in her house where Shelley has shut away a heartbreakingly-soft, never-used baby blanket. In a box, under a bed, behind a door that she never opens. If it’s there, she can forget about it. Just like she has her memories. Of a marriage that hadn’t been perfect. Of a life that didn’t go the way she had hoped.


Every day she acts like everything is normal. Going to work and following a routine helps her pretend the bad stuff never happened. Until one day, everything changes.


She sees the couple moving in next door, laughing sweetly as they walk up the path to their new home. The woman is pregnant. It’s like she has everything that Shelley has lost. But when Shelley properly meets Lara, she soon discovers Lara is actually carrying a heartache to match her own.


As her friendship with Lara deepens, Shelley starts to wonder what might happen if she opens the box she’s hidden away, with the tiny, beautiful blanket in it. Will the secrets from her past – about what she lost, what she’s hiding from, and what she has been doing her best to forget – destroy her? Or will opening it up finally give her a change to live again?


A heartbreaking emotional drama about the power of friendship that will make readers laugh and cry, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Dani Atkins and Daniela Sacerdoti.


Readers are loving The Forgotten Wife:

I just loved this book so much. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would!... I sobbed like a small child. Everything you could want from a book and more.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


Oh wow, this was such an amazing and beautiful book!… Keep your tissues handy.’ B for Bookreview, 5 stars

 

‘This book took me on an extreme emotional roller-coaster ride… I couldn't put [it] down… Fantastic but also heartbreaking… extremely emotional and will bring tears to everyone that reads it.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

 

A heartwarming tale of grief that will stay with you long after you have read the last page.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

I knew from the very beginning that this novel was going to be a brilliant read. Emma Robinson writes beautiful, vivid and interesting stories that pull on your heartstrings… Absolutely stunning.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘I was so excited for this book and the wait was completely worth it!!… I have gasped, laughed and cried throughout the booka fantastic read that I could not put down!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


Wow, what a twist this story has… Such a pleasure to read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


I devoured every word and thoroughly enjoyed this amazing book!!… A heartwarming story about the importance of friendship and trust… An emotional journey making me both laugh and cry.’ Goodreads Reviewer


An absolutely heart-wrenching story. I one hundred percent could not put this book down. It was an absolute emotional roller coaster. Loved it.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars


‘A very highly, emotionally charged story… a “lump in your throat” kind of read… Gave me all the “feels”.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘A beautifully thought-out and poignant story about friendship, love, loss and grief written with sensitivity and emotion, bringing a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye.’ Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars

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Bookouture
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27 Jan 2020
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781838881092
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Family Life / General
Fiction / General
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Women
Psychology / Grief & Loss
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Paris, with its red wine, slippery cobbles and curly lamp posts. Where the scent of freshly-baked croissants hangs in the air, and Kate last remembers feeling like herself.

 

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