- Title: The Secret Daughter
- Author: Kelly Rimmer
- ISBN: 9781910751077
- Page: 254
- Format: ebook
As I saw my new born baby s face for the first time I tried desperately to capture her face in my mind to stamp it onto my eyelids As she was taken from me I knew I might never see my daughter again.37 years later You were adopted Three short words and Sabina s life fractures There would forever be a Before those words, and an After.Pregnant with her own child, SabinaAs I saw my new born baby s face for the first time I tried desperately to capture her face in my mind to stamp it onto my eyelids As she was taken from me I knew I might never see my daughter again.37 years later You were adopted Three short words and Sabina s life fractures There would forever be a Before those words, and an After.Pregnant with her own child, Sabina can t understand how a mother could abandon her daughter, or why her parents have kept the past a secret.Determined to find the woman who gave her away, what she discovers will change everything, not just for Sabina, but for the women who have loved her all these years.From the bestselling author of Me Without You comes another touching, beautifully told story about the pain of separation and the enduring strength of love.
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Emotions were swirling as I read "The Secret Daughter", by Kelly rimmer. It's a fiction bookt in Australia.Much of the subject is very real: "Forced Adoption Practices". This history will turn your stomach. At one time the government controlled laws about young woman who were pregnant -(born out of wedlock)- Put into maternity homes against their will. Decisions we're made for these young girls "BABY FOR ADOPTION". BFA marked their charts. "Life is unfair, she whispered. But that doesn't mean it [...]
Sabina is 38 years old and pregnant with her first baby when her parents hit her with the bombshell that she is adopted in this extremely emotional and melodramatic story which weaves its way between 1973 and 2012. The story is told from three perspectives, Sabina herself, her birth mother Lilly and her adopted mother Megan, so we get all three angles of this very sad story. We follow Lilly throughout her pregnancy and birth, Sabina in the present and throughout the story and particularly during [...]
I was eager to read this book as I have heard a lot about it so, when I was granted a copy from Bookouture via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review, of course, I jumped right in.Kelly Rimmer the author doesn't mess about, she tells it like it is, and draws you without you noticing it. I sat and finished this book today, I had only started it late last night, but I just had to pick it up and carry on. I did text my book buddy to say 'you gotta read this', she looked, and she has it to read [...]
A very beautiful and sensitive story based on truly heartbreaking true events in Australia in the early 70's concerning forced adoptions. I loved reading about the main character "Bean's" emotions and feelings towards her adoptive parents and her birth parents and the wonderful relationship she has with her husband. All the characters felt very real to me and I would recommend this book.
As a mother, The Secret Daughter spoke to me directly.We meet Sabina. At 37 years of age, she falls pregnant, only to find out she was adopted.What a shock that would be to anyone.It's also a shock to Sabina as she already loves her unborn child more than she would have imagined possible.How could anyone abandon their child? Why was she put up for adoption?Sabina struggles with these questions and then sets out to find her biological mother.At this point in The Secret Daughter, I was almost frig [...]
Wow what a corker. Weepy and possibly predictable in a way, nevertheless this does not detract from a simple, heartwrenching story that is well told. Good, clear writing that comes across as true (rather than fiction based on real situation). Had me in tears on the tube, choking back the sobs.Very well written, highly recommended.
Originally posted on beccasbooooks/The Secret Daughter is Kelly Rimmer's second novel with publishers Bookouture. Kelly's first novel with Bookouture, Me Without You, was published back in June 2014, and is one that I haven't yet had the chance to read, but I'm certain that after my experience with The Secret Daughter, I will definitely be treating myself! There is no doubt in my mind that Me Without You will be absolutely saturated with the same effortlessly real emotion that Kelly's second nov [...]
I received this from Netgallery in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book because I’m adopted. I grew up knowing that fact the same way I knew I was left handed & loved the water. The idea of someone finding that out at thirty nine when pregnant was shocking. I was interested to see how the author would handle this.The Secret Daughter is one of my ‘stand-out’ books of the year so far. I had read about the atrocities surrounding illegitimacy and adoption in Ireland but I w [...]
This book really makes an impact. Sabrina finds out she was adopted when she is 38 and expecting her own baby. She is absolutely stunned- why did her parents wait so long to tell her and what aren’t they telling her still.The book is told from Sabrina’s, her birth mother Lily and her mum Megan’s points of views. Lily’s pregnancy is described and how Megan came to adopt the baby.It’s set in Australia and covers ‘Forced Adoption Practices’ where the government made decisions for preg [...]
Overall I thought it was a very interesting subject. However, I thought there was a lot of lazy writing when it came to the search and certain characters. It was too easy and fairly irritating how all the loose ends so easily came together. I did like how it made me swing in emotion about how I felt about Lilly and Megan. Overall a good read, but could have been a lot better given how weighty the subject matter is.
A lovely story about motherhood and the sacrifices and the choices we make or in Lilly’s case, are forced into, in life. Sad, heartbreaking and heartwarming. Beautiful and uplifting. Loved it.
Very interesting read. I didn't realise that Mother and Baby homes and forced adoption happened in other countries, not just Ireland! This was set in Australia and it amazed me that it could happen there.
“As I saw my new-born baby’s face for the first time I tried desperately to capture her face in my mind—to stamp it onto my eyelids. As she was taken from me I knew I might never see my daughter again.”With forced adoption so much in the news, I was keen to read The Secret Daughter by Kelly Rimmer. Kelly’s first book was a good read; her second novel is not only a good read, it is a thoughtful, touching, careful retelling of one story of adoption. Kelly advises us that it is a work of [...]
This was such a moving story, convincingly told. It is almost as though you are reading a memoir rather than a novel. Kelly Rimmer describes Sabina's pain and confusion so well that you can completely understand how she must be feeling when she discovers, as an adult, she is adopted. Her anger and disappointment at her parents for keeping this secret from her is all too evident, particularly as she has recently discovered that she is pregnant. Like most women, she can't understand how a mother c [...]
Original review at 125pages.wordpress*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.3.25 StarsWhen Sabina plans to surprise her parents with the news she is pregnant, she is certainly not planning to hear the family secret. She’s adopted. Nothing in her experiences could prepare her for those words. Setting off on a journey to reconcile her past with the truth, she cannot imagine what lies ahead.This was a book that was fine. Fine characters and story. I was hoping for a step [...]
What a heartfelt story, where there is heartbreak and happiness. Lilly wanted her daughter so badly and at such a young age tried everything within her power to keep her. Unfortunately the system in place at that time failed her and her trust broken by one social worker she trusted. Then there was Megan who was torn between saving her marriage and helping Lilly. What torment both women suffered. Years of secrecy finally came to a head when Sabina shared the news of her pregnancy. To hear the wor [...]
This is a story that weaves through the turmoil caused by Australia's policy of forced adoptions. A cruel and devastating time in our nation's history. Sabina's story of finding her birth parents and piecing together the puzzle of her life is written with gentle care; allowing the reader to bring emotion to the narrative and empathise with the complex perspectives that influenced the decisions of mothers and fathers across the country.
A beautifully written, bittersweet story. This book deals with the real-life issue of forced adoptions in Australia, which was a heartbreaking practice. This story also deals with a reunion between birth parents and their child--although said child had to wait 38 years to find out she was adopted (and she learned it while she was pregnant with her OWN child).We learn the backstory through the words of the birth mother and the adopted mother---and we get the child's perspective on the present day [...]
I think I picked up this book first by the cover. It just called out to me, and when I read the blurb, I knew I had to read it.38 year old Sabina is all excited. She has just found out that she is going to become a mother. And she can’t wait to tell her parents, she is sure that they would be just as excited as her. Her parent’s reaction to her pregnancy was one that she had never expected. Shocked at her mother’s reaction, she prodded, until told that she is adopted. It had taken them 38 [...]
*Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*I got to know Kelly’s writing last year when I read her novel Me Without You. I fell in love with it immediately and that’s why I was really excited about this book.The story follows 38 years old Sabina and her husband Ted. They just learned that they are going to be parents. Something weird happens though, when they tell her parents. Sabina’s mum Megan tells her about her miscarriages and then boom the explosion [...]
I knew when I accepted the offer to read this book that this would be a read that would require a box of tissue close at hand. I also knew that it would be one that I would identify closely with, as I have personally been in the lives of ladies who have had their babies taken at birth, as well as ladies who were adopted at birth and spent years wondering who their mother was. Yes, I knew the tentacles of emotion would run deep when I opened the first page and started the story.But, I was totally [...]
Growing up as an only child Sabina had a wonderful childhood and is still very close to her parents at the age of 38. Happily married for several years, she and her husband are delighted when Sabina falls pregnant. Assuming that her parents will be just as excited Sabina is floored when they are less than thrilled. Even more strangely her mother withdraws completely, refusing to talk about Sabina's pregnancy at all. After a few days of emotional turmoil the truth is finally revealed, Sabina is a [...]
Thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.Meet Sabina, a 38 year old teacher who is happily married to Ted when she discovers that she is pregnant and is over the moon, Sabina and Ted can't wait to tell their parents but this is where the news is not received very well by Sabina's parents. At first, Sabina is confused and assumes that her mother, Megan is just not happy with the news and is worried for her as she has had many failed pregnancies [...]
One of the biggest considerations when telling a child they’re adopted is often timing. There may not be a right or wrong time but, one thing is certain, the child will have to know at some point. So, what’s surprising about Sabina’s discovery, in The Secret Daughter, is that it happens when she’s 38, well past all they key times she’d need access to her birth certificate such as for her passport to travel to Europe and a license to drive her car.Had she not been terrified she would re [...]
I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written and it took me to a place that I have never really been affected byoption. It told a beautiful yet heartbreaking story of what happens when a child is put up for adoption and how everyone involved is affected in a different way. Was a great read!!
Having never read Kelly Rimmer, I wondered whether this would be my ‘type’ of book. The synopsis sounded reasonably intriguing, but I realised quite soon after I started reading that this would definitely fit into the category ‘my type of book’. It’s certainly not a ‘romance and flowers’ type of book, but put me in mind of a Susan Lewis type of book. The focus is on Sabina a woman who is pregnant with her first child. What should have been an exciting meet up with her parents desce [...]
A Secret Daughter is a really easy read and a heartbreaking story.This book captured my attention straight away. On announcing that she is pregnant with her first child, Sabina can't understand why her parents don't seem to be happy for her and her husband Ted. Until her mother Megan reveals that she was adopted at birth. Her parents have lied to her for all of her 38 years and are still being cagey about her past.As Sabina delves further, she discovers that her birth mother Lily was an unmarrie [...]
I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I didn't really read the synopsis before I started this book, I knew it was about adoption but I didn't know it was about forced adoption. I also didn't know it was set in Australia, which was a pleasant surprise (I'm Australian). Though, as usual, Americans might not understand certain words or miss things that I understood- but that happens to me with American books, so we are even.I enjoyed this book. A lot. I can't even ima [...]
I really enjoyed The Secret Daughter by Kelly Rimmer and I believe fans of authors like Diane Chamberlain will love it also…….This book is set in Australia and moves between two time periods – 1973 & 2012. Initially we go between the story of Sabina and her birth mother and then about half way through the book we also get to read and feel the story from the adoptive mother. Sabina is close to 40 years of age when her parents tell her she adopted. They didn’t want to tell her, but whe [...]
What a delightful book! I've never heard of this author but have since found out that she lives in rural Australia.It tells the story of Sabina who is happily married and expecting her first child. When she tells her parents about her news, instead of being happy they are devastated and her mother later admits that Sabina is adopted.What unfolds is Sabina's search for her birth mother, and also it explores her relationship with her adoptive parents where all is not what it seems.I found this sto [...]
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