Someone Else’s baby by Ruby Speechley @HeraBooks @rubyspeechley

Book Description:

She gave away her children. Now she wants them back.

Charlotte Morgan knows how it feels to desperately want a baby. As a child, seeing her mum devastated by losing her longed-for babies, Charlotte wished another woman could give her mother what she so craved.

Now Charlotte’s a mum herself, and knowing how much love her daughter, Alice, brings into her life, she vows to help others achieve their dreams of becoming a parent.

When she meets Malcolm and Brenda on a surrogacy website, it seems that she has found the perfect couple. In their late forties, they’ve spent their life building a successful business and travelling the world, but there’s just one thing missing – a child of their own. 

When Charlotte falls pregnant with twins, the pair are overjoyed. And while Charlotte’s heart breaks as she hands them over, her reward is knowing how much happiness the two tiny babies are going to bring into their life.

But are Malcolm and Brenda all they seem? As secrets become unravelled, Charlotte is forced to face that she has handed her babies over to virtual strangers. And when Malcolm and Brenda disappear without a trace, Charlotte is plunged into a frantic search for the babies she carried – before it’s too late…

A gripping psychological thriller with a heart stopping ending – readers of The Wife Between Us, Rachel Abbott and C.L Taylor will not want to put this down…

My Thoughts:

Surrogacy is something that has always fascinated me. Someone carrying a baby for nine months to hand it over to someone else. I enjoyed getting to know Charlotte and the reasons to why she wanted to help someone. I was a bit dubious about her husband though to start with as money seemed to be the major factor, which again I could understand the reasons why they needed it, but to start with he did come across as being more money orientated. As I got to know him better though, I could see how much they both loved each other and he has his wife’s and own daughter’s best interests to heart.

Malcolm and Brenda at first appearances seem to be a loving couple who are desperate for a baby of their own. No wonder Charlotte chose them to be the ones to help. The further into the story we get, as with Charlotte, I had certain niggles as to whether they really can be taken at face value.

The story line addresses the issues that can arise with surrogacy. Legally there isn’t much support for either side and people really are taking a leap of faith. I found it all really interesting as a lot of the laws I had no clue of myself and was interesting to see peoples opinions when it comes to this subject matter.

Someone Else’s Baby is a compulsive read that I couldn’t read quick enough. There was an urgency to know exactly why Malcolm and Brenda had disappeared and I felt at times in as much turmoil as Charlotte in wanting to know the truth and when it comes, well nothing prepared me for it. A tense and gripping read that I was unable to put down.

My thanks to NetGalley and Hera Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Someone Else’s Baby is available to pre-order from Amazon.

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