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Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing Our Stolen Child by Melissa Wiesner, published by Bookouture.


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.

“They raised your daughter…But is she theirs to keep?…

First thing first, make sure you have your tissues on hand before starting this book as you definitely need them! I know I certainly did. I was a blubbering mess!

Our Stolen Child is a very compelling tale where an unimaginable and tragic mistake tears two families apart. Throughout, I felt like my heart had been ripped out and torn in two as Wiesner brings it all to life so believably and that also had me questioning what I would do if I was faced with this heartbreaking situation.

I loved Quinn’s character who’s pain is so overwhelming. The years of trying to conceive has put a strain on her marriage, which intensifies throughout the tale. I could completely sympathise with Nora and she could easily be judged for her actions, but in fairness, she is also in pain and fearful of losing her daughter.

This is my first read from Wiesner and I was very impressed with this book. Beautifully written, well researched, great characterisation and capturing so many different emotions and thoughts, I highly recommend this book.

Thank you to Melissa Wiesner, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Our Stolen Child, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about Our Stolen Child. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this tour and for the promotional materials.


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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