Book reviews, Womens fiction

The Forgotten Sister by Caroline Bond – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB


To lose your family is heart-breaking.
To be forgotten by them is unforgiveable.

Cassie and Erin are sisters. They are close – in age, looks and personality – but there is one crucial difference: Cassie is adopted.

At seventeen, Cassie sets out to find her birth mother. She is hungry for the truth, but she discovers her adoption was far more complicated than even she could have imagined. In uncovering her birth identity Cassie learns that her adoptive parents have kept a terrible secret from her her whole life, a secret that now threatens to destroy everything she has ever held dear.


The Forgotten Sister is a heart-rending, profoundly moving novel about protecting the ones you love from the secrets that will hurt them most.

 

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MY REVIEW

The Forgotten Sister starts with Grace relieving the phone call all mothers dread , her daughter, Cassie is in A&E…..

Cassie Haines is Seventeen and had been adopted as a small child by Grace and Tom, who also have their younger daughter born after Cassie was adopted, a miracle baby. Erin and both girls are as close as sisters can be…

When Cassie visits a family planning clinic she is asked questions about her medical history and she feels it’s time to know more about her biological family…so she asks her mum, Grace, but feels she is not being told everything and so starts her own investigation.

As all teenagers know, the first place to look is social media and Cassie finds she had a sister, Leah…..why had she been kept a secret all these years?

Cassie and Leah meet and find their lives are very different, their upbringings and circumstances miles apart…..but is Leah telling the truth? Are her parents telling her the whole story?

“Think about it. What good will it do telling Cassie? None. It’s too late now. It would be cruel to tell her just to salve our consciences”

Poor Cassie is torn between her biological sister and the family she has known all her life…and she’s not sure now where she belongs, who she really is!

This is a family drama with a feeling of menace, something feels off about Leah and you’ll feel the need to know the truth….this is not an easy read, it deals with the  emotive subject of adoption and the secrets kept by a family, believing it for the best. Incredible, fascinating, thought provoking and tear- jerking writing by Caroline Bond. If you like a serious family drama then this is a must read….

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here (just click on the image)

About the Author

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Caroline Bond was born in Scarborough and studied English at Oxford University before working as a market researcher for 25 years. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Leeds Trinity University, and lives in Leeds with her husband and three children. Her first novel, The Second Child, was published in 2018.



Praise for Caroline’s debut novel, The Second Child

‘If you were in a lab cooking up the perfect book club book it would be this one.’
Matt Williams, BBC Radio 2 Book Club

‘I stayed up long into the night to finish The Second Child…a carefully crafted and utterly compelling tale of lost opportunity and impossible choices.’
Amanda Brooke, author of The Affair

‘Caroline Bond takes a complex situation and has written a thoughtful, wrenching and, at times, tear-jerking novel.’
Elisabeth Buchan, author of The New Mrs Clifton

‘We loved this page-turner that challenges the idea of what makes and breaks a family.’
Take A Break

‘Delves into family values, marriage, trust, love and loyalty. Highly recommended.’
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