The Almost Wife: An absolutely gripping and emotional page turner

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Made me sob my heart out... heartbreaking.’ The Writing Garnet


Helen knows exactly how many stitches to hem a gown, the best type of silk for summer and how to make any woman look beautiful… but she doesn’t know how to fix her own broken heart.


Helen Whittaker’s beloved husband died three years ago. She misses him every moment of every day. The only thing that eases her pain is her job at the White Gallery – a gorgeous boutique tucked away in her tumbledown, wisteria-covered cottage in the English countryside.


Helen doesn’t know how to ask for help – not even from her own daughter, who feels so distant since it happened. Helen doesn’t even know she needs saving… but everything is about to change


Sometimes life’s unexpected twists can change everything in a moment. Sometimes heartbreak is the only way you can begin to heal. And sometimes second chances can be found in the most unlikely of places.


An unforgettable and emotional book-club read about family, love and life’s unexpected second chances. If you love Jojo Moyes, Nancy Thayer and Mary Alice Monroe, you will adore this unputdownable page-turner.


Readers absolutely love The Almost Wife


You’ll need to grab a box of tissues… one of the most captivating, beautiful, and flawlessly written books I think I have ever read… PERFECTLY perfect in every way.’ The Writing Garnet5 stars


I am not going to lie, but I sobbed in this book. Not just a little trickle of tears, I sobbed where it got plain ugly. God, I loved this book!... I feel like I have made new friends… I cried with them, laughed with them, cheered with them and my heart broke with them.’ Zoo Loo Book Blog5 stars


I laughed, I cheered, I cried my way through the book… a wonderful, emotional and gripping read that you won’t want to put down.’ Katie’s Book Cave5 stars


WOW!… I loved each and every one of their stories... really a well-crafted story Absolutely recommend.’ Audio Killed the Bookmark


So many issues are covered, overwhelming grief, loneliness, physical insecurities, lack of trust... A beautiful book with words that really resonate.’ Waggy Tales Dog Blog5 stars


I absolutely loved this book!! really is amazing… it made me feel every emotion there is.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘This book was so good, a good book club choice... Grabbed my attention from page one.’ Goodreads reviewer


An emotional journey filled with tears of happiness and sadness.’ B for Book Review5 stars


A story of love, life and family… a rollercoaster of emotions… a perfect anytime read!’ Stardust Book Reviews5 stars


‘An emotional and touching story.’ Keeper Bookshelf, 5 stars


‘A gripping take on love and marriage.’ Cosmo


‘A charming, frothy book that packs an emotional punch.’ Red 


OMG, I cried in the tube!... I thoroughly enjoyed this book, would highly recommend.’ Gill Feldman, 5 stars


Full of interesting twists and turns… a great read and one I would highly recommend.’ Chells and Books5 stars


Brilliantly written.’ Heat


An emotional page-turner, full of glossy insider details, you’re in for tears and tulle aplenty.’ Stella


A gripping story... Excellent read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


Uplifting, nuanced and heart-breaking.’ Penny Parkes 

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Jun 20, 2018
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Humor / Topic / Marriage & Family
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Eligible for Family Library

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‘An unforgettable page-turner that will leave you heartbroken... captivating and flawless... will leave you sobbing… grabbed my attention from the start and I could not put it down!’ Goodreads reviewer


If you could wish one thing for your daughter, what would it be?

Jenny lost her beloved mother as a teenager. As a parting gift her mother left a bundle of letters, one for each significant day of Jenny’s future. First date, first broken heart, wedding day, when she becomes a mother…

But now Jenny is in her late twenties, and while at the hospital where she works she helps other women start families every day, she still hasn’t opened the letter for the day she meets the love of her life, let alone the one for having a baby.


And Jenny is still writing back:


I’m sorry I don’t love cycling.

I’m sorry I don’t always dream about you.

I’m sorry the last thing I whispered in your ear was, ‘can I stay up late?’ when it should have been ‘I love you’.


When a case of mistaken identity leads to an unexpected friendship with Helen, a kindly shopkeeper in her fifties, the bond growing between them makes Jenny wonder: she treasures her mother’s words more than anything, but are they keeping her stuck in the past?


Can we ever heal from a loss that cuts so deep? Can Jenny find a way to let go, and start living life to the full, as her mother truly wanted?


An absolutely unforgettable book-club read that will break your heart. If you love Jojo Moyes, Cecelia Ahern and Nancy Thayer you will love this unputdownable page-turner.


Readers absolutely love Promise Me:

‘Poignant, emotional and beautiful, prepare to have your heart broken (in the best possible way).’ Isabelle Broom, Heat magazine, 5 stars


‘I sobbed for about 30 minutes when I finished it… So real and human that I felt I had gone on an emotional journey with the characters… This book is so good.’ Musings of a Tired Mummy


‘A beautiful, poignant, thought-provoking story. It will make you smile, cry and perhaps have some self-reflection. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read this gem and can’t recommend it enough.’ A Haven for Book Lovers


‘This book whisked me away… I ran the full gauntlet of emotions with them, laughing some big dirty laughs and then sadly sniffling my way through the pages. It both broke and then mended my heart… realistic and also very touching.’ Between My Lines


‘A beautiful, moving and touching story. Promise Me delivers a heart-warming and emotional story that is sure to make you laugh and cry and hope that the story never ends… Have a box of tissues ready because the tears will come, a lot. I do not think this book can have been any more perfect!’ Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews, 5 stars


‘Emotional, charming and light-hearted… There were extremely emotional thoughts and reflections from mother to daughter that I found deeply touching.’ Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading


‘Blew me away… a tender, enchanting read which tugs on the heart strings left, right and centre. Jade Beer has once again showcased her beautiful, beautiful way of storytelling and I have to say that she has done every one of her characters proud. An enchanting, escapism of a read.’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars


‘Reading this beautiful novel took me through a tidal wave of emotions from tears to laughter, but what a read it is! Charged full of emotion I found it nigh on impossible to put down… I loved everything about this book and didn't want it to come to an end.’ Stacy is Reading, 5 stars

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