Blog Tour Review, Our Stolen Child

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Our Stolen Child
Melissa Wiesner

289 pages
Bookouture
published September 13, 2022Amazon | Goodreads

Book Description:

I grip my husband’s hand tight. The doctor is frowning. “Mr and Mrs Marcello… I’m so sorry.” She tells us there’s been a terrible mistake. Our last embryo—our last chance—was accidentally given to someone else. The child we made four years ago calls another woman “Mommy.”

Quinn cries silent tears as she folds a tiny knitted cardigan, bought in a moment of hope, and packs it away. All she’s ever wanted is to be a mother. Although her husband James brings her comfort, the knowledge they have no embryos left, and that their child is out there being raised by another family, is tearing them both apart.

When the lawyers tell them there’s a chance to get custody, James is unsure. But Quinn knows she has to take it: if only to look her little girl in the eyes, just once. Meeting Emily and the woman who raised her, Quinn’s heart cracks wide open. Emily looks just like Quinn, right down to her curly hair. And when the little girl flings her arms around Quinn’s waist, she can’t shake the feeling this is where Emily is meant to be.

As the two families reckon with an unimaginable decision, a secret from James’ past surfaces… one that forces Quinn to question everything she thought she wanted. But how will they decide what’s right for the little girl they all love so dearly? And where does Emily truly belong?

An absolutely unputdownable, heart-wrenching read about two families torn apart by one terrible mistake. Anyone who loves Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, Diane Chamberlain and Catherine Ryan Hyde won’t be able to put this down.

My Review

WOW, this is such a gripping and heart wrenching story.  Let me first say I have not tried to have any children and I think this might be a hard read for those who have dealt with fertility issues and will cause any mother to hug their children and not want to let go.

I could see this happening today and I could not put it down.  I’m not sure we are looking at good and bad guys and I wasn’t sure myself which mother is deserving.  This book explores what makes a parent.  On one hand we have a biological parent tied to the child by DNA and on the other hand we have a mother who has raised her for almost four years.  While other issues arise as the book progresses, this is always the crux of the story.

The author captures the struggle of the situation.  The women are deeply rooted characters that tug at your heart strings.  And while i won’t spoil it for you, there is a resolute ending with no ambiguity, that I feared as I kept reading.

This might be the best book I’ve read so far in September and I’m so glad I picked it up.  I will be thinking about this one for a long time to come.

Sherry

Author Bio:

 

Melissa Wiesner is a night-owl who began writing novels about five years ago when her early-to-bed family retired for the evening. In 2019, she won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Award in the Mainstream Fiction Category for her first novel. Melissa holds two Master’s Degrees in Public Health and Community Agency Counseling. Her day job is in Social Work where she often encounters people knocked down by hard times but who pick themselves up and keep going, just like the characters of her novels. Melissa lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her charming husband and two adorable children.

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