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It was a wooden box, white with yellow and green flowers. Shelley ran a finger over the embossed lettering – Memories – pressed her lips tightly together, feeling her heart pounding in her chest… and opened it.
When Shelley first met Greg, her life had been full of possibility. A whirlwind romance, a dream wedding, moving into their first house together, thinking about starting a family…
But now it’s ten years since their wedding. Greg has gone. And there’s a room in the house where Shelley has shut a baby blanket away. In a box, under a bed, in a spare room, behind a door that she never opens. If it’s there, she can forget about it. Just like everything else in that room. Just like her other memories. Of a marriage that perhaps hadn’t been perfect. Of a life that hadn’t gone the way she had expected.
She’s been managing to hide from her past. Every day she acts like everything is normal. Going to work and following a routine helps her pretend the bad stuff never happened.
Until one day, everything changes. She sees the couple moving in next door, giggling as they walk up the path to their new home. The woman is pregnant. It’s like she has everything that Shelley has lost. But when Shelley properly meets Lara, she soon discovers she is in fact carrying a heartache to match Shelley’s own.
As her friendship with Lara deepens, Shelley starts to wonder what might happen if she opens the box she’s hidden away. Will the secrets from her past – about what she lost, what she’s hiding from, and what she has been doing her best to forget – destroy her?
A heartbreaking emotional drama about the power of friendship that will make readers laugh and cry, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Dani Atkins and Daniela Sacerdoti.
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‘An uplifting masterpiece. This story is fabulous, and I loved reading it. I cried happy and sad tears, read parts out to family and friends, and thoroughly enjoyed the storyline... A must read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Omg! What a heartbreaking story... My absolute favourite book ever!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I loved it!!! What a wonderful book. You laugh, you cry, you cheer... I was turning the pages as fast as I could.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
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‘I’m not sure I have an adequate vocabulary to explain how much I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down and read it in just a day...This beautiful book deals with difficult issues, but does so sensitively and with huge empathy and a whole lot of heart.’ Jan’s Book Buzz, 5 stars
‘Oh my goodness! I read most of this book with tears in my eyes, and was openly weeping by the end. This is such a beautiful, emotional story… a beautiful read and one that will stay with me. I was deeply moved by it… An accessible, relatable tale of love, friendship, acceptance and hope.’ Suze Reviews
‘I was hooked… Put me through the emotional wringer… Brought a lump to my throat.’ Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars
‘I was so involved I didn't realise there were tears rolling down my cheeks.’ Rona Halsall
‘Such a sad and moving story but one which left the reader with a feeling of hope at the end.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews
‘So relatable… About real people with real lives and real problems… A lot of emotion, and a lot of heart!’ Audio Killed the Bookmark
‘Will pull at your heart-strings and will open your eyes. A beautiful book that I flew through and didn’t want to put down.’ Whispering Stories
‘Truly heartfelt and honest.’ Stacy is Reading, 5 stars
‘Poignant and thought provoking.’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars