To Be a Mother by Emma Robinson #BookReview #BooksOnTour #ToBeAMother #Contemporary #DomesticDrama #WomensFiction #NetGalley @emmarobinsonuk @Bookouture #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing To Be a Mother by Emma Robinson, published by Bookouture.


What if your only chance to be a mother was to give birth to his first wife’s child?

All I’ve ever wanted is to be a mother. And since I married David, it’s gone from being a dream of mine, to a dream of ours. And I want it for him too – it’s the happy-ever-after he deserves after the tragic loss of his first wife, Katherine.

We have tried and we’ve hoped. But today I’ve just found out it’s impossible. That I’m unable to become a mother. My heart breaking into thousands of pieces, I beg the doctor to tell me there’s another way.

But it’s David who speaks. Telling me that just before Katherine died, she had gone through fertility treatment. Now her eggs legally belong to David. To us.

It could be my only chance to be the mother I’ve always longed to be… But can I really carry his first wife’s baby?

With dizzying plot twists and emotional, heart-breaking family drama, this powerfully uplifting story is certain to leave readers sobbing. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain and Colleen Hoover.

“Could you carry his first wife’s child if it was your only chance…”

Break out the tissues as you will definitely need them when reading this book!

This is a poignant tale that also makes you question what you would do if faced with this decision. I really felt for Hannah and could feel her pain of not being able to conceive, living in Kathryn’s shadow and also the weight of deciding whether they should use Kathryn’s embryos, all on her shoulders.

The narrative is mainly told through Hannah’s voice, but is interspersed throughout with chapters dedicated to Kathryn’s story in the weeks before her death, where you get a good insight into her character and relationship with David.

Beautifully written, Robinson really captures the emotion of the tale and vividly brings it all to life. This is only the second book I have had the pleasure of reading from her and I’m hooked! I love her style of storytelling and I can’t wait to read more.

Thank you to Emma Robinson, Bookouture and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of To Be a Mother, 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 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 for these bloggers thoughts about this book. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this books on tour and for the promotional materials.


Emma Robinson is the author of several women’s fiction novels. She also blogs about the funny side of parenting and has contributed to podcasts such as Funny Women.

Whilst her early novels are humorous, her recent work focuses on emotional themes and these novels are both heart-breaking and life affirming. Emma enjoys writing stories which explore the power of family and friendship in the most challenging circumstances.

Emma currently lives in Essex with a husband, two children and a small black dog.




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