A Mother’s Secret
In one split second, Aidan Whelan’s perfect world is changed forever when his wife Rowan and three-year old daughter Milly are involved in tragic accident.
Helena O’Herlihy and her husband James have been struggling in their marriage but a knock on the door telling her that James has been involved in a car crash, has Helena rushing to his side.
When Aidan and Helena bump into each other at Dublin City Hospital, they soon begin to wonder if it’s more than just coincidence that brought them there. Why were Rowan and James in the car together on that fateful morning?
Through their pain and tears, they form a bond as they try to piece together what really did happen on the morning of the crash.
As the lies begin to unravel and secrets are uncovered, can Aidan save what’s left of his family and Helena her marriage?
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My first book by Caroline Finnerty.
I like how the story starts with Rowan’s perspective and suddenly she’s gone in a crash taking her secret with her!
Rowan’s husband, Aidan, not only has to deal with her death, little Maddie being in a coma and handling his two boys, but he’s confronted with the news that his wife cheated on him with James.
Helena, James’ wife, is already coping with the fact that she can’t have children and her husband’s attempt to look at a surrogate without her knowledge. Now she learns that James and Rowan had a sexual encounter. affair. Even though this was before they were married, she still feels cheated on. She also empathizes with Aidan and spends time relieving him with Maddie’s care at the hospital.
But something makes Helena probe further wondering if Maddie is James’ daughter. And there begins such a roller coaster of emotions – heartache, anger, love, struggles with parenting, selfishness and letting go….
I had to read straight through to see how the story was going to end. The author has dealt very well with the struggles of the main characters with trying to deal with their strong emotions and do what appears to be the right thing
A gripping tale and told with a lot of sensitivity.
Caroline Finnerty is an Irish author of heart-wrenching family dramas and has published four novels and compiled a non-fiction charity anthology. She has been shortlisted for several short-story awards and lives in County Kildare with her husband and four young children. Her first title for Boldwood The Last Days of Us, was published in June 2021.
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