Today I am taking part in the blog tour and reviewing My Secret Sister by Lauren Westwood, which was released on the 31st of August.
“As I speed off in the ambulance holding my daughter’s hand, I wonder how I could have been so stupid. I should have made the bargain, paid the price – anything to avoid being right here, right now.
A voice whispers in my head that I can’t silence. This is all your fault. You killed her. It’s her voice, the one I hear in my nightmares. The woman who stole my memories, the woman who stole my life. And, this time, I know she’s right.”
How far would you go to save your child?
Claire is living every mother’s worst nightmare. Her daughter, Jess, has been diagnosed with a rare illness and desperately needs a bone marrow transplant. With no match on the registry, Claire turns to a charismatic geneticist for help and embarks on a Genetic Journey to seek a familial match for her daughter.
On the other side of the country, Marianne suffers her eighth miscarriage. Her perfect life is rotting underneath, but she is determined to do whatever it takes to have a baby.
When DNA test results reveal that Claire and Marianne are half-sisters, Claire must face the dark lies of the past and make impossible choices about the future. Is her secret sister the answer to her prayers, or will she cost her everything?
My Secret Sister is a tense and emotional family drama with a moral dilemma at its heart. Fans of Liane Moriarty, Jodi Picoult, and John Marrs’ The One will be gripped.
“Two DNA tests…One big lie…”
An emotional roller coaster from start to finish, My Secret Sister is a very well written and researched book that will pull on your heartstrings and even have you shedding a tear or two. Lauren Westwood has crafted an authentic tale that delves into some very sensitive themes, including miscarriages, IVF and Aplastic Anaemia, which may be triggers for some readers. You feel everything that each of the characters go through, not limited to, grief, fear and anger, which is a credit to how real and believable they all are in their creation and brought to life through Westwood’s prose.
I enjoyed the other element of the story which focuses on genealogy which adds more drama to the story, as our two leads must face and and come to terms with shocking secrets uncovered, which throws open one massive can of worms! It is this that also makes this tale even more riveting and adds to its gripping outcome.
Thank you to Lauren Westwood for allowing me to read an advanced copy of My Secret Sister, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
My Secret Sister Blog Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Lauren Westwood
My books explore the darkness and the light of the human spirit, and take you on an emotional journey. My Sister’s Secret is a tense and emotional drama about a mother’s race against time to save her daughter’s life. My Mother’s Silence is a gripping and romantic drama about homecoming and family secrets set in the wild Scottish highlands. It was shortlisted for the Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award 2020.
The Daughter She Lost is a dark journey of self-discovery and overcoming the secrets of the past. My holiday romance Moonlight on the Thames is a love story to classical music and the healing power of love. It was a bestseller in urban fiction and top 100 Kindle book. My first three novels: Finding Home, Finding Secrets and Finding Dreams all feature mysterious old houses and intelligent, feisty contemporary heroines who set out to unravel the mysteries of the past.
I also write award winning children’s books as Laurel Remington. I am originally from California, and now live in Surrey, UK with my partner and three daughters.
Blog Tour Organiser
My thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on My Secret Sister blog tour and for the promotional materials.