Kat’s Review of The Secret Daughter by Kelly Rimmer

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Synopsis: As I saw my new-born baby’s face for the first time I tried desperately to capture her face in my mind—to stamp it onto my eyelids. As she was taken from me I knew I might never see my daughter again.

37 years later…

‘You were adopted’. Three short words and Sabina’s life fractures. There would forever be a Before those words, and an After.

Pregnant with her own child, Sabina can’t understand how a mother could abandon her daughter, or why her parents have kept the past a secret.

Determined to find the woman who gave her away, what she discovers will change everything, not just for Sabina, but for the women who have loved her all these years.


KAT’S REVIEW: Having never read Kelly Rimmer, I wondered whether this would be my ‘type’ of book. The synopsis sounded reasonably intriguing, but I realised quite soon after I started reading that this would definitely fit into the category ‘my type of book’. It’s certainly not a ‘romance and flowers’ type of book, but put me in mind of a Susan Lewis type of book.

The focus is on Sabina a woman who is pregnant with her first child. What should have been an exciting meet up with her parents descended into news that would rock her whole world? We see Sabina take a very emotional and bittersweet journey to find the truth about her past. She is determined to track down her birth mother but her discovery about her birth literally just skims the surface.

The reader takes a journey back to the days when in Australia in the seventies, women didn’t have the support and strength that they do now. I liked Sabina and this really is an emotional read, however it’s written incredibly well and once past the first few chapters I was loathed to put the book down. I will most certainly be looking out for future reads by this author. Although this may not be to everybody’s taste, people who like authors such as Susan Lewis will no doubt be huge fans of Kelly Rimmer books.   

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