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My Husband's Daughter

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This book really brings out the fact that no matter what your plans are for the rest of your life, circumstances can change in the most unexpected ways. These changes can actually turn out much better than expected.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an Advance Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Life can take uncertain turns when you least expect it. Sometimes these turns can be bad but sometimes they can be beautiful, difficult, heart wrenching and the best thing that ever happened to you.

Such is this book. 

Emma Robinson has created a masterpiece with her latest novel. Her words are paint brushes which create this beautiful piece of art that draws the reader in to the story and never lets them go.

Rebecca and Jack's life changes when their doorbell rings on a Friday night. Standing at the door is Jack's old girlfriend, with a small blond child that looks suspiciously like Jack. This book starts off as a Thriller (Who is she? What does she want? What secrets is she hiding?) to something entirely different. Life changing.

*Thank you to Bookouture, NetGalley and Emma Robinson for sending me an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review"
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Thank you so much to the author, Emma Robinson, the publishing company, Bookouture, and NetGalley for an early electronic copy of this book for an honest review.

WHAT A TEAR JERKER, and an absolute beautiful and heart provoking read.   Keep the tissues really close to your side throughout, as this read will pull hard on your heart strings.

I loved how the author covered the feelings someone has when your spouse's ex shows up, with a child stating that the child is your husbands, especially as we learn that Rebecca and Jack, neither one, want children in their relationship, as they really love their freedom and living life with  just the 2 of them.

I could really resonate with Cara also, as we see the pain that she goes through with having to share her child, after having raised her by herself for 4+ years, and with learning the secret that Cara has and her coming to terms with life.

If I could give this one 10 stars, I definitely would do so, as this book is one that I won't forget.  Thank you for writing this, and taking your readers on this journey with you.   I can't wait to read more from Emma Robinson.
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Genre: Domestic Fiction 
Rating: 5/5
Cara took a deep breath and let it out slowly. ‘She’s not just my daughter,’ she said as she turned in her seat to face Jack. This man she had once loved, but who she hadn’t seen for nearly five years. ‘Sophie is your daughter too.’
It is just past ten o’clock on a cold Friday evening when Rebecca and her husband Jack’s doorbell rings. Outside is a woman who introduces herself as Jack’s ex-girlfriend Cara. And she’s holding the hand of a shivering, blue-eyed, four-year-old girl. Who she claims is Jack’s daughter.
Rebecca is shocked to discover he has a child from his last relationship – even one he hadn’t known about. Because becoming parents isn’t part of their life plan. They like children, but they also love their freedom and spending time together uninterrupted; the way that, if they wanted to, they could travel the world at a moment’s notice.
But Cara needs them. Because Cara has a devastating secret that she can’t tell anyone yet. Not even her daughter. A secret with the power to change all of their lives.
A secret that will ultimately mean Rebecca has to ask herself – could she find it in herself to welcome her husband’s child into her home, and into her heart?
A heartbreaking and powerful emotional women’s fiction novel about love, friendship and what it truly means to be a parent, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Kate Hewitt.
My verdict: Thank you to Netgalley for letting me read this book before it’s release. This book tackles taboo subjects such as terminal illness, the attitudes faced by women who don’t want children, perfectionism, competitive parenting and infidelity. Told from two points of view from two very different women this book is equally heartwarming and heart-wrenching answering the ultimate question: Can you step up to the plate when it comes to the crunch. Emma Robinson is hot on the heels of authors like Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain with her knack from tackling taboo subjects in motherhood, painting a bigger picture whilst being sympathetic, empathetic and non-judgemental. An overall quick read that I read in an afternoon.

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I loved this book – it exceeded my expectations based on the promotional blurb.  It was heart-felt and heart-wrenching without being overly melodramatic.

Rebecca, the co-owner of an event planning business, is uber-organized – some might even say, compulsively organized. She and her husband Jack are dedicated to their respective careers and both enjoy the freedom of their childless lifestyle. While she takes a lot of flak from other women, Rebecca is clear in her choice to not become a parent with no intention of ever changing her mind.

On a Friday night the doorbell rings and Rebecca’s well-planned life is turned upside down. Upon opening the door, she is greeted by Jack’s ex-girlfriend, Cara, with her adorable four year old daughter in tow. The bombshell news she delivers is that this little girl named Sophie is Jack’s daughter as well.

The story primarily focuses on the relationship between Rebecca and Cara. As you might imagine, it is fraught with tension as the three adults adjust to the reality of this new, expanded family. This is further compounded by a secret that Cara holds which only deepens the dilemma.

I thoroughly enjoyed the character development of the two women. Jack’s character is less fleshed out and he is a bit tangential to the drama unfolding between Rebecca and Cara. I was deeply touched and moved to tears once or twice with the richness of the author’s evocative descriptions of Cara’s love for her child. The pace of the book was just right – I found once I started it I didn’t want to stop and finished it in a day and a half. 

I highly recommend this novel and look forward to reading more by Emma Robinson.

My thanks to the author, Bookouture and NetGalley for providing the opportunity to review a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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A really emotional page Turner. When Jack and Rebecca get married they both agree they don't want  children but when Cara turns up unexpectedly one night with her four year old daughter Sophie things are about to change forever. There are lots of things that come to light and an unexpected twist in the story which mostly revolves around Sophie. This is an extremely well written story and two very different women who eventually come to understand each other's feelings perfectly. A beautiful novel and tissues are needed a 5🌟read
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This story is told from several view points. Cara who is a mother of 4 yr little girl, Rebecca is Jack’s wife and together they agreed they would  not have children. 

When Cara knocks on Jack and Rebecca’s door to let him know he has a daughter.  Cara is his ex and the timelines match up. Rebecca is convinced there is more to the story. Jack struggles to get his head around he has a daughter..

What is Cara hiding? What will happen to Jack and Rebecca now that he has a daughter? 

This story will touch your heart. It will make you stop and rethink many things. What does it mean to be a parent? Can you open your heart to change your plans? 

This story captured my attention and I could not stop reading until I knew how it ended.
Thank you Netgalley for complimentary copy. The thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I received an ARC from NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for an honest read.  This book is like life, you think you have things all planned out and all of a sudden, you something happens to those well-made plans.  That is what is happening to Rebecca and Jack when Jack's ex-girlfriend shows up at their house with her daughter.  As they were talking, Rebecca says, she isn't just your daughter is she, she is also Jack's isn't she.  They need a place to stay and Rebecca and Jack agree to let them stay one night.  This book is fascinating to me because it was nice to read that you think you have plans and things all figured out and over and over again, you find out about making plans.  I was glad to see I am not the only one this happens to.  
Emma Robinson wrote this store realistically, there were a few times I cried because the feelings seem to flow from the pages right to my heart.  Sometimes when plans change it becomes the best gift you didn't think you needed.
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I need to start by saying, I did enjoy this book, but I felt it was perhaps a bit too simplistic for the story that it was centred around. But it was an easy read all the same.
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Wow! This is a truly heart wrenching story. It is gripping from the beginning as you only learn minimal information at a time which keeps you guessing. I really love Cara and Rebecca. They are both characters that you respect and adore. They really show what it is like to be a mother. Absolutely loved this story and didn’t want it to ever end.
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My husbands daughter is such a poignant heart rendering read that will stay with you long after you have read it!
Amazing characters I particularly loved the dialogue between Rebecca and cara as their relationship developed and Sophie and jack both sounded so loveable.
How do you cope when your pleasant, organised well planned life is suddenly put into disarray?? Rebecca and Jack have a lovely child free life when Cara and her daughter Sophie unexpectedly turn up on the doorstep and all that they had planned and worked for suddenly gets taken from them! A read full of emotion, practicalities and the over powering power of love and compassion when faced with such a complex situation, a real tearjerker in places but a wonderful epilogue!
Thank you net galley for this early read.
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Even if you love dessert, a diet of nothing but dessert (besides being unhealthy) gets overwhelming and even the sweet addict wants something else.  Even when you prefer books to come with happily ever after guaranteed, sometimes one that makes you cry can be a nice contrast.  My reading lately has tended toward mindless romance novels but just like after eating too many of my own desserts at Christmas I wanted some flavor other than sweet. On my last trip through NetGalley's offerings, I went looking for a book that went in another direction and came upon this gem.

One by-product of the sexual revolution has been a large increase in children born out of wedlock.  While some of these children know and have relationships with both parents, plenty do not.  Sophia has never met her father until the day that she and her mother Cara descend upon Jack's doorstep.  

It is clear that Cara and Jack have lived different lives.  She's a single mom who is devoted to her daughter.  She lives in low-income apartment and has a low-income job.  Jack and his wife have decided to never have children.  They want to be free to do the adult things in life when they want to do them.  They have a nice home and plenty of disposable income.  

What would you do if someone showed up on your doorstep with a child they claimed was your spouse's, especially if the child was well past infancy?  There is never any suggestion that Jack has been unfaithful to Rebecca--this was clearly something that happened before they were together.  However, as Rebecca notes, if she had known Jack had a child, she would have never gotten involved with him.  

The relationships between the affected adults, along with the relationship with the child would make an interesting story in almost any case, but Cara's secret (which is revealed pretty early in the story) adds another dimension, and of course there is a money wrench thrown into the works as well.  By the end of the book I was both smiling and crying and I'm sure that was Emma Robinson's goal.  

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.  Grade B+
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This book was an absolute roller coaster of emotions. It was shrewd to give us the viewpoint of both the wife and the ex-girlfriend as it is easy to take sides when you only know half of the story, but it was interesting to feel this from both perspectives.

Rebecca and Jack are happily married and are happy to not have children, despite their friends unwelcome advise, who feel they know better.  One evening, Jack’s ex arrives on their doorstep with her daughter in tow and proceeds to turn Jack and Rebecca’s world upside down when she confirms 4-year old Sophie is Jack’s daughter. 

This was a stunning and unpredictable read!
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I loved this heartbreaking tale of love and acceptance. The compromises the main characters need to take are not easy, however, it is what makes them into fully grown adults. A beautiful story that I highly recommend.
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One day your husbands ex shows up at your house asking for a place to stay. Oh and the little girl she has with her is your husbands daughter. This is a huge shock for Rebecca, who never wanted kids to begin with.

This is how the story starts and it gets more interesting from there. The ex, Cara, seems sneaky at first so I spent the first part of the book figuring out what she wanted from Rebecca and her husband.

The book is told from Rebecca’s point of view and from Cara’s. I really enjoy stories like this because you get to see different sides of the story. Their story will pull at your heart.
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Contain Spoilers:  Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book as an ARC in return for a honest review.  This was my first book by Emma Robinson and look forward to reading more of her novels.  This was a quick read for me and really enjoyable.  The book basically follows the lives of two women, Rebecca and Cara.  Rebecca and her husband agreed that they both were happy remaining child less in order to pursue their careers and enjoy a rich social life.  This was until Cara showed up into their lives with her four year old daughter Sophie.  Turns out Cara dated Rebecca's husband prior to her and is now stating Sophie is their daughter.  At first you don't know Cara's motives to showing up now after almost five years but then you learn she has cancer and is concerned about her daughter's future.  Ultimately the story proceeds the way you would like with Rebecca and her husband failing in love with Sophie and ultimately caring for her when her mother dies.  It was a sad story but with a feel good ending.  I would definitely recommend.
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I'm not sure what I expected when I started reading this book, but certainly not what it turned out to be.

My Husband's Daughter was like reading Lifetime movie script. But, that's not a bad thing. There are many times when I enjoy Lifetime or Hallmark movies. This would have been one of those times....I can definitely see this becoming a movie.

I hesitate to use the word “entertaining” to describe the story because of the subject. It was serious and emotional. It was very easy to read and kept me going. I found the characters to be very realistic. But, the plot was predictable and the writing was simplistic. For this reason, I can only give 3 stars.

This book really brings out the fact that no matter what your plans are for the rest of your life, circumstances can change in the most unexpected ways. These changes can actually turn out much better than expected.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an Advance Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review.
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There are some books which just by looking at their cover and premise, you are able to predict that it’s going to be a good read. This is one such book!

When the doorbell rings past ten o’clock on a cold Friday night, Rebecca and her husband Jack wonder who could be visiting them at this late hour. Outside is a woman who introduces herself as Jack’s ex-girlfriend Cara. And she’s holding the hand of a shivering, blue-eyed, four-year-old girl. Who she claims is Jack’s daughter.

Rebecca is shocked to discover that Jack has a child from his last relationship – even one he hadn’t known about himself. Because becoming parents isn’t part of their life plan. But Cara needs them. Because Cara has a devastating secret that she can’t tell anyone yet. Not even her daughter. A secret with the power to change all of their lives.

This book has been written so well that I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.

All the characters were amazing with a quality of their own. The plot is narrated from the alternating perspectives of Cara being the perfect mom, who would go to any extent to give the best life for her daughter and Rebecca, who though doesn’t want children and is suspicious of Cara's motives tries her best around Sophie. 

What makes this book even more beautiful is that while throughout, the book tugs at your heartstrings, the epilogue allows you to end the book with a smile on your face.

Thank You to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC!
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My Husband's Daughter by Emma Robinson is a heartbreaking story about love and the meaning of family.  Ms Robinson has deftly created characters who are so well fleshed out that you will literally ache for them, and I must say that I did not expect to become as emotionally involved with the story as I did.  This one will touch readers on many levels.

Jack and Rebecca are a happily married couple, thriving in their careers, and quite content to leave children out of the mix.  Enter Cara, an ex-girlfriend of Jack's, who shows up at the door one night with her four year old daughter in tow, throwing the couple's perfectly ordered life into turmoil.  Just what is Cara's agenda after all of these years?

Told from the alternating perspectives of Rebecca and Cara, we are privy to the emotional agony endured by each woman, and I was fully engaged with their story from start to finish.  I look forward to reading more from the talented Ms Robinson.  4.5 stars

Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC.
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Blooming hell! What did Emma Robinson do to me with this book? I’ll tell you what. (Finger points while frowning). She had me in bits and not even funerals do that to me. This was the most touching story I’ve read for a long time, so bravo to the author. 

If you love thought provoking fiction that will get you through tissue paper quicker than a dose of food poisoning, then ‘My Husband’s Daughter’ is the book you’re after. Of course, it won’t be as messy unless you’re really squeamish of your own snivelling nose and eyes, but that’s another story entirely. 

My favourite POV in this book was Rebecca’s. The woman who chooses not to have children is totally underrepresented and the fact that Emma wrote Rebecca so well made me cheesed off with Rebecca’s friends and acquaintances, going on and on at her like a boring broken record (the boring friends, not the book). Her stance on everything absolutely heightened what was to come and made it all the more emotional. 

This is an amazing story of compassion and selflessness and if you don’t get upset reading it, I don’t think you’re capable of being upset. This is an absolutely brilliant five star read and not one to be missed!
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