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It’s a beautiful day for a wedding. White roses scent the air and the summer sunlight streams in. A spoon chimes against a champagne flute and the room falls silent. And there he is – my husband – getting to his feet to propose a toast. He’s still handsome. His new wife is next to him, gazing upwards, oblivious.
I’m not supposed to be here. All these years in the same town and I had no idea until I saw his name on the seating plan. He lived with me, once. Loved me. Small-town memories are long, but the people in this room don’t want to remember.
They say the healing is in letting go, but after what he did, he needs to know we haven’t gone away just because he’s shut his eyes.
So I take Daisy by the hand and step forward from the shadows. He notices us and his eyes widen. The champagne glass falls from his hand and smashes. Then he sags forward, making a terrible sound – a sort of strangled scream…
A powerfully emotional novel with a dark secret at its heart. This family drama will keep you hooked until the very last page. Perfect for fans of The Silent Wife, We Were Mothers and Jodi Picoult.
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What readers are saying about Ali Mercer:
‘Wow. What an emotional roller coaster of a book this is… it was such a powerfully emotional story of loss, grief, regret and self-forgiveness… and I found myself completely wrapped up and invested in the characters and their lives… an incredibly raw and emotional story… Well worth a read.’ Cosy Books Blog
‘This was a really heartfelt and heartbreaking story… I was pulled into this book very quickly, it was very emotional but extremely well thought out and well written. I would totally read more by Ali Mercer.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
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‘A beautifully written domestic drama, sure to tug on your heartstrings and make you appreciate your relationships more. Will definitely read more book by this author.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
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