Looking back, I wish I could find my way back to that moment. I’d snatch it and hold onto it and live in it for the rest of my life, if I could. When Emily could still throw her arms around me. Oh God, just give me that moment, or one like it again. That’s all I want.
From the moment Emily was born, reaching out with her tiny little star-shaped hand towards her mother, blinking with long eyelashes over soft blue eyes, she became Rachel’s whole world.
But Rachel’s worst nightmare comes true when a rare auto-immune illness leaves four-year-old Emily in a coma the doctors say she may never come out of. And Rachel has to make a heartbreaking decision—one that her ex-husband, Emily’s dad James, doesn’t agree with.
Terrified she’s going to lose her daughter for good, Rachel knows she must find a way to keep the hope alive for Emily. But there is only one person she can turn to for help to convince James—and it’s his new wife, Eva.
As an unlikely but powerful friendship develops between the two women, both Rachel and Eva will have to ask themselves—what is truly the right choice for the tiny, fragile little girl who lies between them?
A beautiful story that will break your heart into a million pieces, perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain and Susan Lewis.
This is a story that alternates between Rachel, the mother of Emily and ex-wife of James and Eva, who is James’ new wife. It certainly is a tale of an unlikely friendship but I loved getting to know these two women better and getting to know in their own words how someone handles an issue like both women are faced with.
For Rachel, my heart absolutely broke. To have given birth to a happy, healthy baby and then a few years down the line, to have your world ripped apart as your child starts to lose the ability to do things. Whats worse is that there is no real diagnosis. I admired her strength of going to the hospital without fail each day to sit by her daughters bed.
Eva on the other hand, is helpless as she watches her husband trying to cope with what is happening with his daughter, of which he has resigned himself that there is no more to be done and is reluctant to speak of his daughter with his new wife. She is very much torn when Rachel asks her for her help.
The bond between these two women was so heart warming. I could see things from all sides and I doubt that any of us would truly know what we would do in their situation unless the worst was to happen in our life. As lets face it, a child dying should never happen. Sadly it does though and this story is a reminder of how precious life is.
A Hope For Emily not only broke my heart but shattered it. Whilst the majority of the story did pull on my heart strings in places, overall it was an endearing and powerful read. When the tears did come though, they didn’t stop. It is such an emotionally charged novel that you would have to have a heart made of stone not to feel something for these characters and feel for what they are going through. An absolute tear jerker of a read of which I highly recommend having a box of tissues on standby.
My thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Kate Hewitt is the author of many romance and women’s fiction novels. A former New Yorker and now an American ex-pat, she lives in a small town on the Welsh border with her husband, five children, and their overly affectionate Golden Retriever. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling stories that tackle real issues and touch people’s lives.