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Cara took a deep breath and let it out slowly. ‘She’s not just my daughter,’ she said as she turned in her seat to face Jack. This man she had once loved, but who she hadn’t seen for nearly five years. ‘Sophie is your daughter too.’ It is past ten o’clock on a cold Friday night when Rebecca and her husband Jack’s doorbell rings. Outside is a woman who introduces herself as Cara took a deep breath and let it out slowly. ‘She’s not just my daughter,’ she said as she turned in her seat to face Jack. This man she had once loved, but who she hadn’t seen for nearly five years. ‘Sophie is your daughter too.’ It is past ten o’clock on a cold Friday night when Rebecca and her husband Jack’s doorbell rings. Outside is a woman who introduces herself as Jack’s ex-girlfriend Cara. And she’s holding the hand of a shivering, blue-eyed, four-year-old girl. Who she claims is Jack’s daughter. Rebecca is shocked to discover he has a child from his last relationship – even one he hadn’t known about. Because becoming parents isn’t part of their life plan. They like children, but they also love their freedom and spending time together uninterrupted; the way that, if they wanted to, they could travel the world at a moment’s notice. But Cara needs them. Because Cara has a devastating secret that she can’t tell anyone yet. Not even her daughter. A secret with the power to change all of their lives. A secret that will ultimately mean Rebecca has to ask herself – could she find it in herself to welcome her husband’s child into her home, and into her heart?


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Cara took a deep breath and let it out slowly. ‘She’s not just my daughter,’ she said as she turned in her seat to face Jack. This man she had once loved, but who she hadn’t seen for nearly five years. ‘Sophie is your daughter too.’ It is past ten o’clock on a cold Friday night when Rebecca and her husband Jack’s doorbell rings. Outside is a woman who introduces herself as Cara took a deep breath and let it out slowly. ‘She’s not just my daughter,’ she said as she turned in her seat to face Jack. This man she had once loved, but who she hadn’t seen for nearly five years. ‘Sophie is your daughter too.’ It is past ten o’clock on a cold Friday night when Rebecca and her husband Jack’s doorbell rings. Outside is a woman who introduces herself as Jack’s ex-girlfriend Cara. And she’s holding the hand of a shivering, blue-eyed, four-year-old girl. Who she claims is Jack’s daughter. Rebecca is shocked to discover he has a child from his last relationship – even one he hadn’t known about. Because becoming parents isn’t part of their life plan. They like children, but they also love their freedom and spending time together uninterrupted; the way that, if they wanted to, they could travel the world at a moment’s notice. But Cara needs them. Because Cara has a devastating secret that she can’t tell anyone yet. Not even her daughter. A secret with the power to change all of their lives. A secret that will ultimately mean Rebecca has to ask herself – could she find it in herself to welcome her husband’s child into her home, and into her heart?

30 review for My Husband's Daughter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Menezes

    There are some books which just by looking at their cover and premise, you are able to predict that it’s going to be a good read. This is one such book! When the doorbell rings past ten o’clock on a cold Friday night, Rebecca and her husband Jack wonder who could be visiting them at this late hour. Outside is a woman who introduces herself as Jack’s ex-girlfriend Cara. And she’s holding the hand of a shivering, blue-eyed, four-year-old girl. Who she claims is Jack’s daughter. Rebecca is shocked to There are some books which just by looking at their cover and premise, you are able to predict that it’s going to be a good read. This is one such book! When the doorbell rings past ten o’clock on a cold Friday night, Rebecca and her husband Jack wonder who could be visiting them at this late hour. Outside is a woman who introduces herself as Jack’s ex-girlfriend Cara. And she’s holding the hand of a shivering, blue-eyed, four-year-old girl. Who she claims is Jack’s daughter. Rebecca is shocked to discover that Jack has a child from his last relationship – even one he hadn’t known about himself. Because becoming parents isn’t part of their life plan. But Cara needs them. Because Cara has a devastating secret that she can’t tell anyone yet. Not even her daughter. A secret with the power to change all of their lives. This book has been written so well that I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. All the characters were amazing with a quality of their own. The plot is narrated from the alternating perspectives of Cara being the perfect mom, who would go to any extent to give the best life for her daughter and Rebecca, who though doesn’t want children and is suspicious of Cara's motives tries her best around Sophie. What makes this book even more beautiful is that while throughout, the book tugs at your heartstrings, the epilogue allows you to end the book with a smile on your face. Thank You to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC!

  2. 4 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: … she was so tired of people like Linda preaching on about the wonders of motherhood. It was like a cult. She had nothing against children. She’d even been one once… Somehow, no one judged a man who wasn’t bothered about having children. But when a woman said it, she was either an unnatural witch or a deluded soul headed for a life of lonely regret. Money can’t buy happiness, but it sometimes has a damn good try. My Review: The premise and plotting of this tale were expertly paced a Favorite Quotes: … she was so tired of people like Linda preaching on about the wonders of motherhood. It was like a cult. She had nothing against children. She’d even been one once… Somehow, no one judged a man who wasn’t bothered about having children. But when a woman said it, she was either an unnatural witch or a deluded soul headed for a life of lonely regret. Money can’t buy happiness, but it sometimes has a damn good try. My Review: The premise and plotting of this tale were expertly paced and executed and posed quite a quandary for all the characters with a few unexpected twists that made it even better. The storylines were thoughtfully written with extraordinary insights on both sides of the issue. I felt for them all as each character became increasingly endearing as the story thundered toward the climax. This was my first exposure to Emma Robinson’s poignant style and I found it easy to follow yet heart-squeezing and perceptively penned.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Rebecca and Jackmare happily married and satisfied with their lives. That is until one Friday night when the doorbell rings. Standing on the doorstep is Jack's ex-girlfriend, Cara and her dsughtrr Sophie. Rebecca and Jack had decided not to have children. But their lives changed from that moment on. The story is told from Rebecca and Cara's perspectives. This is a thought provoking read that will mess with your emotions. The characters are relatable and believable. As the story unfolds, I really Rebecca and Jackmare happily married and satisfied with their lives. That is until one Friday night when the doorbell rings. Standing on the doorstep is Jack's ex-girlfriend, Cara and her dsughtrr Sophie. Rebecca and Jack had decided not to have children. But their lives changed from that moment on. The story is told from Rebecca and Cara's perspectives. This is a thought provoking read that will mess with your emotions. The characters are relatable and believable. As the story unfolds, I really felt for the characters. Imwas pulled into the story from the first few pages. I needed to know what Cara wanted from Jack. This is a beautifully written book that s easy to read but will make hou cry in places. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #Bookouture and the author #EmmaRobinson for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ❀ Sarah ❀

    My Husband’s Daughter is a touching story about love, loss and faith in humanity. Rebecca has never wanted to be a mother. She is a typical type A personality, needing to have everything organised to the nth degree. Rebecca married Jack 5 years ago, they are happy and successful in their careers. They agree that they are happy living their lives as they are, without having children of their own. While they are enjoying each other’s company late at night there is an unexpected knock at the door. J My Husband’s Daughter is a touching story about love, loss and faith in humanity. Rebecca has never wanted to be a mother. She is a typical type A personality, needing to have everything organised to the nth degree. Rebecca married Jack 5 years ago, they are happy and successful in their careers. They agree that they are happy living their lives as they are, without having children of their own. While they are enjoying each other’s company late at night there is an unexpected knock at the door. Jack’s ex-girlfriend, Cara, is at the door with a 4-year-old girl. Cara drops a bombshell they never would have expected. The little girl, Sophie, is Jack’s daughter and they need a place to stay. Jack is a kind-hearted man, always wanting to help others so they allow them both to stay in the guest room. But something is not quite right with Cara and Rebecca is determined to work out what it is. “Sometimes it’s the stuff you don’t plan for that brings you the most happiness.” I will not share anymore in fear of spoiling the plot. I really loved this story. It flowed seamlessly between the two protagonists Cara and Rebecca. Allowing different perspectives on the way they were both thinking and feeling about things. I could have read this in one sitting if I had the time. All the characters are unique, little Sophie is adorable. My favourite being Rebecca, the way she deals with the situation is remarkable and she has the patience of a saint. Thank you, Emma Robinson, for a great story and a short epilogue 7 years later. I love reading a book where there are no questions lingering.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Betül

    **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review** My Husband's Daughter is very fast paced and I was able to finish it in two sittings. I was unable to relate to the main characters Rebecca and Cara. The story also didn't really go into a lot of detail, so it was even harder to connect to the characters. However, I was interested in the story and how everything would develop, so the author was able to intrigue me until the end of the story. Even though I didn't really like the charac **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review** My Husband's Daughter is very fast paced and I was able to finish it in two sittings. I was unable to relate to the main characters Rebecca and Cara. The story also didn't really go into a lot of detail, so it was even harder to connect to the characters. However, I was interested in the story and how everything would develop, so the author was able to intrigue me until the end of the story. Even though I didn't really like the characters I appreciated the growth they all went through. This book was very emotional and I cried my eyes out the last half of the book. This story really pulled at my heartstrings and eventually I got really invested in the story. This book shows that even if you plan your whole life it can still go a different route. The characters in this book, especially Rebecca, really showed growth after being faced with life-changing events. I think I would've rated this book higher if it was longer and went into more detail.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Rebecca and Jack are happily married and satisfied with their lives. That is until one Friday night when the doorbell rings. Standing on the doorstep is Jack's ex-girlfriend, Cara and her four year old daughter Sophie. Rebecca and Jack had decided not to have children. But their lives changed from that moment on. The story is told from Rebecca and Cara's perspectives. This is a thought provoking read that will mess with your emotions. The characters are relatable and believable. As thenstory unfo Rebecca and Jack are happily married and satisfied with their lives. That is until one Friday night when the doorbell rings. Standing on the doorstep is Jack's ex-girlfriend, Cara and her four year old daughter Sophie. Rebecca and Jack had decided not to have children. But their lives changed from that moment on. The story is told from Rebecca and Cara's perspectives. This is a thought provoking read that will mess with your emotions. The characters are relatable and believable. As thenstory unfolds, I really felt for all the characters. Inwas pulled into this story from the first few pages. I needed to know what Cara wanted from Jack. This is a beautifully written book that's easy to read but will make you cry in places. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #Bookouture and the author #EmmaRobinson for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ... Lost In Bookland...

    Rare are those books that grab your attention after the first few lines you read and draw you into their world, and make you turn page after page until you read the last written words. Books that you simply cannot leave, you must read them in one sitting. If Emma Robinson has managed to delight you with ‘Where I Found You’ and ‘The Forgotten Wife’, then trust me that ‘My Husband's Daughter’ will exceed all your expectations. The book will make you cry and laugh, feel things you have not even thou Rare are those books that grab your attention after the first few lines you read and draw you into their world, and make you turn page after page until you read the last written words. Books that you simply cannot leave, you must read them in one sitting. If Emma Robinson has managed to delight you with ‘Where I Found You’ and ‘The Forgotten Wife’, then trust me that ‘My Husband's Daughter’ will exceed all your expectations. The book will make you cry and laugh, feel things you have not even though about and lay hold on your attention like not many books can. I’m sure that this amazing read contain all the elements to satisfy even the most discerning readers' minds. Emma Robinson’s superior writing skills simply drew us into the story from the very beginning, when we meet Rebecca and Jack, a young and successful married couple, career-driven, determined to spend their lives according to their wishes and desires, and not according to some socially imposed norms. Having no children is something the two of them want, but their whole perfect life will be shaken, when late at night, one Friday the shadow of the past will ring on their doorbell, bringing something that will change their lives for ever ... Jack's daughter , they didn't even know existed. The author skillfully tells the story from two different perspectives - Rebecca, the wife, dedicated to her career, obsessed with organizing everything to a single detail and a woman who never wanted to be a mother and Cara, an ex-girlfriend, the mother who wants the best for her child, no matter what, a woman who has always lived a complicated live, that borders on unacceptable. The perspectives complement each other perfectly, and the story runs seamlessly. One thing that amazed me from the very beginning about Emma Robinson’s writing was her attention to detail. I really enjoyed the fact that she gives a lot of information and insight into each character and their thoughts, their fears, their beliefs. I felt able to immerse myself into their lives and follow their struggle with all it’s twists and turns, revealing page by page, a story that is so touching, extremely emotional, and ultimately heart provoking. An amazing story in which the past and the present are masterfully intertwined, which abounds in compassion, selflessness, love and loss. I haven't read anything so original for a long time, and I read quite a lot. I am inclined to say it's a must-read for all those who want a slightly different story that will awaken a spectrum of emotions in the reader. This book definitely awakens a lot of feelings that stay in us for a long time, and it touches our hearts in a completely unexpected way. Emma, through her unique style and powerful words, so simple, easy to real, yet so strong to convey the message, tells us how one life affects many others around her, the plan and the realization rarely go a hand in hand.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    When the cover is so beautiful, the heart expects that the story will be equally heart warming. When the author is Emma Robinson, the mind declares that I am in for a treat. And that was what happened when I started reading the first few lines of the prose, I knew that the world would cease to exist for me, and all that would matter was the story which unfolded in front of me. Having read a few books by this talented author, I was completely bowled by this one as it gave me a plotline that felt be When the cover is so beautiful, the heart expects that the story will be equally heart warming. When the author is Emma Robinson, the mind declares that I am in for a treat. And that was what happened when I started reading the first few lines of the prose, I knew that the world would cease to exist for me, and all that would matter was the story which unfolded in front of me. Having read a few books by this talented author, I was completely bowled by this one as it gave me a plotline that felt believable. Rebecca and Jack were busy in their lives, childless and footloose, when a knock on the door made them realize that life had changed for them. Stood there in front of them was a cherubic angel and her mother, Cara, with a big declaration that it was Jack’s daughter and that she would be staying with them. What were they to do? This was their story as they entered into a life most unexpected where Rebecca was unsure in her footing into a new relationship and Cara was hiding a big secret. A beautiful storyteller was Emma when she suffused my heart with a gamut of emotions, each one a joy to behold. Rebecca stepping up to help the child was a sight to behold, it made me respect her a million times more. The author’s power over her words and the detailing that went to shape up the two ladies made the story seamless. The plotline was realistic as all the characters had to undergo tough times. It was how they rose above the strives that caught me unawares. I did have a sheen of tears accompanying me in certain moments, but there were smiles too to balance it out. The most unexpected things do give us the biggest pleasures (I believe that they gave the biggest shocks too vis-à-vis the pandemic) This was a captivating story into which I escaped in the later afternoon, surfacing only in the evening when the entire book was read from beginning to end. All emotions were felt in the tiny recesses of my heart, emptying it out.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tmstprc

    Well, that was depressing. Though the end required tissues, I think it misses the heartbreaking mark. One of the characters has a bit of the unreliable narrator thing going on.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Rebecca and Jack make for a very good couple. In Rebecca's previous relationships she made it quite clear that she did not want children, so those relationships fizzled away. When she met Jack and he pretty much felt the same way, what they had really worked. Things grew between them and they married, both having good careers and enjoying married life without children. However, one day there was a knock on the door and it was a woman named Cara with a small child. Of course, Jack recognized her b Rebecca and Jack make for a very good couple. In Rebecca's previous relationships she made it quite clear that she did not want children, so those relationships fizzled away. When she met Jack and he pretty much felt the same way, what they had really worked. Things grew between them and they married, both having good careers and enjoying married life without children. However, one day there was a knock on the door and it was a woman named Cara with a small child. Of course, Jack recognized her because they once were a couple. Well, Cara has news for Jack. The little girl with her is his daughter. Imagine how this affected Rebecca. Jack always agreed with her that he did not want children. Not only does he have a daughter, but he never told her about it. What is more is that Cara is in a bad predicament and she needs a place for her and their daughter to stay. While Rebecca and Jack have but no choice to open their home to them, it soon becomes apparent that Cara has a deep secret, a secret that will change Rebecca and Jack's relationship forever. How far will Rebecca go for Jack's daughter, and by extension, Cara? My Husband's Daughter is a deeply emotional tale of secrets and devastating upset. As I was reading this book I felt that I could not trust Cara, especially after springing Jack's daughter on him years later, but I soon learned that this story much o offer and even think about. We learn so much about Cara and the choices she had made and the choices in front of her and how they bring about serious change to Jack and Rebecca's lives. The emotional edge was quite powerful and extremely touching. This heartbreaking story took more than one turn and kept me riveted to what I knew would eventually come. There was a message in this book, one of love and change, but tinged with great sadness. Emma Robinson definitely did a fine job with this moving story Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Di

    I'm not sure what I expected when I started reading this book, but certainly not what it turned out to be. My Husband's Daughter was like reading Lifetime movie script. But, that's not a bad thing. There are many times when I enjoy Lifetime or Hallmark movies. This would have been one of those times....I can definitely see this becoming a movie. I hesitate to use the word “entertaining” to describe the story because of the subject. It was serious and emotional. It was very easy to read and kept me I'm not sure what I expected when I started reading this book, but certainly not what it turned out to be. My Husband's Daughter was like reading Lifetime movie script. But, that's not a bad thing. There are many times when I enjoy Lifetime or Hallmark movies. This would have been one of those times....I can definitely see this becoming a movie. I hesitate to use the word “entertaining” to describe the story because of the subject. It was serious and emotional. It was very easy to read and kept me going. I found the characters to be very realistic. But, the plot was predictable and the writing was simplistic. For this reason, I can only give 3 stars. This book really brings out the fact that no matter what your plans are for the rest of your life, circumstances can change in the most unexpected ways. These changes can actually turn out much better than expected. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an Advance Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    The doorbell rings late one Friday evening and Rebecca opens the door to Jack’s ex Cara and her four year old daughter Sophie. She’s about to drop a bombshell that Sophie isn’t just her daughter but also Jack’s. Jack and Rebecca never wanted to be parents but Cara is hiding a devastating secret. Told from the points of view of Rebecca and Cara this book draws you in at an incredible pace. I liked all the main characters and found you could certainly create an affinity with them. Well written and The doorbell rings late one Friday evening and Rebecca opens the door to Jack’s ex Cara and her four year old daughter Sophie. She’s about to drop a bombshell that Sophie isn’t just her daughter but also Jack’s. Jack and Rebecca never wanted to be parents but Cara is hiding a devastating secret. Told from the points of view of Rebecca and Cara this book draws you in at an incredible pace. I liked all the main characters and found you could certainly create an affinity with them. Well written and I highly recommend it. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and the author for the chance to review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Having read another Emma Robinson novel, I had some idea what to expect from this one My Husband's Daughter, and I wasn't wrong as, from the outset, it was a wonderful read for me. About the Book: Cara took a deep breath and let it out slowly. ‘She’s not just my daughter,’ she said as she turned in her seat to face Jack. This man she had once loved, but who she hadn’t seen for nearly five years. ‘Sophie is your daughter too.’ It is past ten o’clock on a cold Friday night when Rebecca and he Having read another Emma Robinson novel, I had some idea what to expect from this one My Husband's Daughter, and I wasn't wrong as, from the outset, it was a wonderful read for me. About the Book: Cara took a deep breath and let it out slowly. ‘She’s not just my daughter,’ she said as she turned in her seat to face Jack. This man she had once loved, but who she hadn’t seen for nearly five years. ‘Sophie is your daughter too.’ It is past ten o’clock on a cold Friday night when Rebecca and her husband Jack’s doorbell rings. Outside is a woman who introduces herself as Jack’s ex-girlfriend Cara. And she’s holding the hand of a shivering, blue-eyed, four-year-old girl. Who she claims is Jack’s daughter. Rebecca is shocked to discover he has a child from his last relationship – even one he hadn’t known about. Because becoming parents isn’t part of their life plan. They like children, but they also love their freedom and spending time together uninterrupted; the way that, if they wanted to, they could travel the world at a moment’s notice. But Cara needs them. Because Cara has a devastating secret that she can’t tell anyone yet. Not even her daughter. A secret with the power to change all of their lives. A secret that will ultimately mean Rebecca has to ask herself – could she find it in herself to welcome her husband’s child into her home, and into her heart? My Thoughts: My Husband's Daughter is told from Cara's and Rebecca’s viewpoints. I loved the way secrets were slowly unveiled and the way that Rebecca responded to the situation in which she unwittingly found herself. In this poignant and refreshing novel, Emma Robinson writes so well about relationships and I soon found myself completely immersed in the lives of these people. This is a heart-warming and emotional read with real depth, elegance and maturity in the writing. There is so much to keep the reader turning the pages and it was a riveting read right through to the fulfilling ending. My Husband's Daughter is a must for anyone who is partial to a compelling tale about loss, relationships, love, faith in humanity, and life's vagaries. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley at my request, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    S.E. Lynes

    In My Husband's Daughter, Robinson has tackled a very emotional and difficult subject and asked an almost impossible 'what if'? When her husband Jack's rather fragile ex-girlfriend, Cara, arrives on Rebecca and Jack's doorstep late one night, none of their lives will ever be the same. Jack has not seen Cara for five years but here she is, with a four year old daughter ... Focusing mainly on the female characters, the author asks the question, could you love another woman's child? She manages to In My Husband's Daughter, Robinson has tackled a very emotional and difficult subject and asked an almost impossible 'what if'? When her husband Jack's rather fragile ex-girlfriend, Cara, arrives on Rebecca and Jack's doorstep late one night, none of their lives will ever be the same. Jack has not seen Cara for five years but here she is, with a four year old daughter ... Focusing mainly on the female characters, the author asks the question, could you love another woman's child? She manages to relay this dreadful proposition in all its complex ramifications and, as always in her books, find the humanity in all her characters. None of these people are perfect - they either cling too tightly to fixed career paths or luxury holidays or perhaps don't take enough responsibility for their actions but Robinson seems to be saying, do you know what? they're human and shit happens and despite our best laid plans, most of us are just making it up as we go along. And so, when the worst happens, the solutions are as messy as the fallout ... nothing is perfect and no one is necessarily cut out for what life throws at them. But if people step up and do the right thing, then the worst doesn't have to be out and out disaster. Robinson also looks at ideas/myths surrounding what it means to be a mother - the fact that no one really knows how to do it and everyone worries they won't be good enough and, no matter how nice the guy, the mental and physical load of children is still landing on women. The end of the book made me cry and I carried on crying for a while after I'd finished it - but ultimately the message is one of hope and faith in human beings and their ability to put others before themselves and be all richer for it. A message we need now more than ever. Fully recommend.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adele Shea

    I honestly don’t think I can put into words how much this book had a hold on me. It’s the fastest I have read a book in a long long time. Although it was very upsetting it was also amazingly up lifting. Definitely worth more than five stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kids RN

    Not exactly So, when the author subtitles her own book 'absolutely heartbreaking and gripping' you know it is being oversold. This is a good story but written without much heart. Not exactly So, when the author subtitles her own book 'absolutely heartbreaking and gripping' you know it is being oversold. This is a good story but written without much heart.

  17. 4 out of 5

    M T

    Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for my copy. Oh Emma what are you doing to me? This was an emotional rollercoaster which reduced me to tears on several occasions. Rebecca is married to Jack and is a career driven woman committed to her work and her marriage. They do not want children and are very happy in their lifestyle choices. A ring at the doorbell late one night introduces us to Cara and her delightful four year old daughter Sophie. What is their connection to Jack? This is a thoughtfully w Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for my copy. Oh Emma what are you doing to me? This was an emotional rollercoaster which reduced me to tears on several occasions. Rebecca is married to Jack and is a career driven woman committed to her work and her marriage. They do not want children and are very happy in their lifestyle choices. A ring at the doorbell late one night introduces us to Cara and her delightful four year old daughter Sophie. What is their connection to Jack? This is a thoughtfully written book dealing with some difficult and sensitive issues. The book is told from the two women's point of view with Jack being a bit of a secondary character. The development of the relationship was realistic and totally believable. At the beginning I was suspicious of Cara and though Rebecca was smug and a bit of a princess. It is testament to the author's skill that my views were completely different by the end of the book. Grab this book and a box of kleenex to go with it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nenette

    I wonder if there are men who read women’s fiction…maybe, but not the men I know. The genre might be specifically referring to women, but men figure a lot in these stories; obviously because they are one of the many issues women face! Hahaha! Pardon me, I just needed to crack that because the plot of this book was quite heavy. Don’t be quick to come to conclusions based on the title - My Husband’s Daughter. Oh yes, definitely there was another woman, but it’s more important to focus on the child I wonder if there are men who read women’s fiction…maybe, but not the men I know. The genre might be specifically referring to women, but men figure a lot in these stories; obviously because they are one of the many issues women face! Hahaha! Pardon me, I just needed to crack that because the plot of this book was quite heavy. Don’t be quick to come to conclusions based on the title - My Husband’s Daughter. Oh yes, definitely there was another woman, but it’s more important to focus on the child; on the daughter. What do you expect from a story starting off with the wife coming face to face with her husband’s old girlfriend, with their daughter in tow? Surprise, surprise, right? More comes after the surprise, and the plot thickens. On the other hand…while this was supposed to be a heart-wrenching story, my emotions were in and out of it. Maybe because of the writing style: a matter-of-fact telling that reels your mind, but not so much your heart in. Yes, I felt the angry moments, and there were times when I felt close to tears, but somehow I snapped out of them sooner than I would have preferred. Overall, it was still a good read. It took me some days to finish and I’d probably have gotten a different experience, and given this a higher rating had I read it faster.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Antonio

    Emotional tear jerker. A huge shock when a childless married couple find out that they have a 4 year old homeless daughter they had no idea existed.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Gaven

    SO GOOD! I would give it 4.5 stars Jack and Rebecca never wanted children. This was something they both agreed. They enjoyed their childless lifestyle of coming and going as they please. Until one evening alone at home enjoying a glass of wine when all of a sudden, the doorbell rings late at night. Rebecca answers it to find a woman her age holding a little girls hand. Her first thought is she has the wrong house, but the woman Cara wants to know if your husband Jack is home. She stares at the wo SO GOOD! I would give it 4.5 stars Jack and Rebecca never wanted children. This was something they both agreed. They enjoyed their childless lifestyle of coming and going as they please. Until one evening alone at home enjoying a glass of wine when all of a sudden, the doorbell rings late at night. Rebecca answers it to find a woman her age holding a little girls hand. Her first thought is she has the wrong house, but the woman Cara wants to know if your husband Jack is home. She stares at the woman, and then at the little girl and her heart starts to race, because the little girl Sophie looks like your husband.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Nikolic

    Rebecca and Jack have been together for five years, married for a year and, inevitably, talk between their friends has turned to 'when will they start a family'? Rebecca and Jack are determined they love their life as it is and never want children. They both have successful careers, holidays whenever they choose and can do whatever they please without having to consider anyone else, so when their doorbell rings late one Friday night and stood at the door is Cara, Jack's ex girlfriend and her fou Rebecca and Jack have been together for five years, married for a year and, inevitably, talk between their friends has turned to 'when will they start a family'? Rebecca and Jack are determined they love their life as it is and never want children. They both have successful careers, holidays whenever they choose and can do whatever they please without having to consider anyone else, so when their doorbell rings late one Friday night and stood at the door is Cara, Jack's ex girlfriend and her four year old daughter Sophie, claiming that she is Jack's daughter, that perfect world that they have built is turned upside down. They are both in shock and Rebecca is understandably suspicious, why now and what is she after? What they are yet to discover is that Cara has a secret that not even Sophie knows about, and it's set to change their lives forever. How will Rebecca and Jack react when they find out and will Sophie find a way into their hearts and their life? The story is told by Rebecca and Cara in alternating chapters, initially I thought that Rebecca and Jack were a bit 'up' themselves but, as the story progressed and they stepped up to the challenges facing them, my feelings towards them changed and I was impressed by their selflessness. I adored Sophie from the off, what an adorable little girl, and Cara was doing what every mom would do, ensuring that her child was going to be well cared for and loved. What parent doesn't want the best for their child? None of us know what lies ahead when we become parents and most of the time we are just winging it or, in Cara's words, 'playing it by ear' and that's when we've planned it, imagine being thrown in at the deep end! Emma Robinson has written this story with compassion and integrity, covering a very tough subject, its a raw, emotional roller coaster of a read that reduced me to tears on numerous occasions. This is the first I've read by this author and amid the tears I read it in less than a day, but it will stay with me a lot longer than that. I'll definitely be reading more of her work. I'd like to thank Bookouture and Netgalley for the auto approval. I will post my review on Goodreads now and Amazon on publication day.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cherihy808

    5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. First off there are books that just grab you instantly when you see the cover...this is one of those books! It was such an emotional read. So much sadness but so much love. I have to say some parts may have been predictable BUT there were also things that I absolutely did NOT expect to happen. When I first started this book it was hard for me grasp how Jack and Rebecca wouldn’t want to have children. I have always wanted to be a mom. By no means would I ever judge anyone for not wa 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. First off there are books that just grab you instantly when you see the cover...this is one of those books! It was such an emotional read. So much sadness but so much love. I have to say some parts may have been predictable BUT there were also things that I absolutely did NOT expect to happen. When I first started this book it was hard for me grasp how Jack and Rebecca wouldn’t want to have children. I have always wanted to be a mom. By no means would I ever judge anyone for not wanting to be a parent, I just have a hard time relating to it. Especially for two successful people who have a strong marriage and can offer so much to a child. But as I read the book I never once had bad feelings toward Rebecca or Jack for their choice in not wanting children. The story is so well written. You will feel extremely sad at times and you will cry but it’s one of those books that will make you want to keep reading no matter how heart breaking it is. It is a wonderful novel showing how families can come together in different ways. It doesn’t matter if someone shares your blood...love is so much stronger than blood. And I can say 100% that this is true because my husband and I adopted our daughter from China and not a day goes by that I don’t thank God for giving me the family that I have! Our daughter may have come from a different country, but she was meant to be ours and I’m the luckiest person in the world to be her mom. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alicia || NeverBoredWithABook

    3.5 STARS What would you do if you had your whole life planned, a life that didn’t include having children, only to discover your partner has a child from a previous relationship? Beautiful and heartbreaking, My Husband’s Daughter explores what make a family, and how life can upend even the most solid plans. That was all the information I had when I jumped into this book, and I was very curious what direction it was going to take. Would it be dramatic, suspenseful, emotional? It ended up having a 3.5 STARS What would you do if you had your whole life planned, a life that didn’t include having children, only to discover your partner has a child from a previous relationship? Beautiful and heartbreaking, My Husband’s Daughter explores what make a family, and how life can upend even the most solid plans. That was all the information I had when I jumped into this book, and I was very curious what direction it was going to take. Would it be dramatic, suspenseful, emotional? It ended up having a little of each, but at it’s core it’s a story about love and what it means to be a parent. I appreciated that we were able to see the story from the point of view of both Rebecca (the wife) and Cara (the mother). I think it was important for the reader to see both of their thoughts, especially about each other, and how they changed over time. I do wish we would have seen things from Jack’s (the husband/father) point of view. His involvement in the book was important, but his character was underdeveloped in my opinion. While the story still had me choked up in only 255 pages, I think it would have been more impactful had it been a bit longer and more detailed. At the time that I read this I was looking for a quick palate cleanser that still sparked some emotion in me, and this definitely fit the bill. However, if you are looking for something a bit more substance, than the conflicts can feel too easily solved and quickly glossed over. Many thanks to Forever Pub for providing me with a gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wendy C

    Okay. Let me start by saying this isn’t a genre I often read. This is one of the reasons I’m so blown away by this book as I generally only read crime or thriller novels because it’s what I enjoy. So whenever I try a different genre I’m always going in with trepidation. But oh my word! This was a bloody good book! The emotions this book evoked in me was just off the scale, due to it being hard to make me cry when it comes to a book but bloody hell this made them flow! I’ve never cried sk much fro Okay. Let me start by saying this isn’t a genre I often read. This is one of the reasons I’m so blown away by this book as I generally only read crime or thriller novels because it’s what I enjoy. So whenever I try a different genre I’m always going in with trepidation. But oh my word! This was a bloody good book! The emotions this book evoked in me was just off the scale, due to it being hard to make me cry when it comes to a book but bloody hell this made them flow! I’ve never cried sk much from reading a book. It was hard to read. I put it down many times because it is one of the saddest, thought provoking books I think I’ve ever read. The theme is a hard one with a harrowing decision that the main characters face. But little four year old Sophie was the star of this narrative. While reading, my thoughts were always with her and how her life will change. The tragedy, the selflessness of the situation and how thought provoking it is. The grief. It was heart-wrenching and is written so well and with compassion. It will stay with me for a long time. If you haven’t read this book yet and plan to, don’t start it without tissues, you will need them. I’ve already told myself off for waiting so long to read an Emma Robinson book and can pretty much say I’ll be reading another again soon.

  25. 5 out of 5

    angie

    This is a story of how Rebecca and Jack's life was upended one day when Jack's former girlfriend showed up on their doorstep with Jack's supposed 4 year old daughter. The premise of the book is very interesting for me that's why I requested it on netgalley. Fortunately, I was approved.😄 Reading this book felt like a roller coaster of emotions for me. This book made me smile, laugh and teary eyed. This book had a few twists on it that made my reading exciting. The writing was easy to get into and I This is a story of how Rebecca and Jack's life was upended one day when Jack's former girlfriend showed up on their doorstep with Jack's supposed 4 year old daughter. The premise of the book is very interesting for me that's why I requested it on netgalley. Fortunately, I was approved.😄 Reading this book felt like a roller coaster of emotions for me. This book made me smile, laugh and teary eyed. This book had a few twists on it that made my reading exciting. The writing was easy to get into and I felt connected with the characters. I love how strong maternal love was portrayed on the book. I love the interactions of the characters and even the irritating things they do makes sense.😅 Just one thing that I'm not a fan of. Sometimes a chapter was ended on a high note but brushed off on the next chapter via a mini time skip. This makes the chapter feels disjointed to me. Like I'm about to cry but then the next chapter would start with something like 'the next day' or anything that will indicate a passage of time. But all in all, it was an engaging and emotional read. I like it.👍❤ ***Thanks to Bookouture for granting me access of this book via Netgalley for an honest review.***

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    I don't even know where to begin to review this absolutely gut wrenching, beautiful story. Sometimes the unplanned things always turn out to be the best things to ever happen to us, but in another breath they can turn out to be the worst. Emma Robinson is just such an artist with the words she writes. When you read her books, you know they have come straight from the heart and this one is by far no different. I have never audibly sobbed or struggled to read a book through tears, but this one was I don't even know where to begin to review this absolutely gut wrenching, beautiful story. Sometimes the unplanned things always turn out to be the best things to ever happen to us, but in another breath they can turn out to be the worst. Emma Robinson is just such an artist with the words she writes. When you read her books, you know they have come straight from the heart and this one is by far no different. I have never audibly sobbed or struggled to read a book through tears, but this one was tough. It got messy, through a dehydrating amount of tears, alot of nose blowing and just the need to read this whole thing in one sitting. Which i what I did. I cannot express the need for everyone to read this book enough without giving away spoilers. But it is just beautiful and I think it gives a lot for people to learn from in their own lives too. If this isn't your usual genre jump outside of your comfort zone like some of the characters in the book and even 'play it by ear' because you may just surprise yourself.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Els

    You meet a new man and you feel the connection straight away. The relationship blossoms and than it’s time to talk about that important subject : children yes or no?? Will he feel the same and can you ride together on his white horse into a happy ever after or does he run like the wind and leave you behind…? Phew!! He sees you in his future and you couldn’t be more happy. You are having a ball until one night, a simple thing like your doorbell ringing announces something that is about to change e You meet a new man and you feel the connection straight away. The relationship blossoms and than it’s time to talk about that important subject : children yes or no?? Will he feel the same and can you ride together on his white horse into a happy ever after or does he run like the wind and leave you behind…? Phew!! He sees you in his future and you couldn’t be more happy. You are having a ball until one night, a simple thing like your doorbell ringing announces something that is about to change everything… for ever In the beginning of the book I never thought that the author would take us down this path. Sinister can mean a lot of things but I never could have guessed what it could have been. A beautiful story involving quite some tears, but heartwarming at the same time. I honestly don’t know how I would have coped when I would have found myself in Cara’s shoes. 5 stars Thank you, Emma Robinson and Bookouture

  28. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Andrada

    I loved this book! It is heartbreaking in its way, but it also shows love and hope along with the heartbreak I liked how Rebeca and Cara very good people, who are very different but trying to do the right thing. And Jack, he was a good guy too. There were times that one of the characters exasperated me, but hey that can be part of a good book too. But that character was a good character just going through things she didn't know what to do with. I would definitely recommend this book!!! Very good I loved this book! It is heartbreaking in its way, but it also shows love and hope along with the heartbreak I liked how Rebeca and Cara very good people, who are very different but trying to do the right thing. And Jack, he was a good guy too. There were times that one of the characters exasperated me, but hey that can be part of a good book too. But that character was a good character just going through things she didn't know what to do with. I would definitely recommend this book!!! Very good. It was my first read by this author, and I'd like to read more by her.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda Leone

    Rebecca and Jack are a career driven couple who have decided not to have children. Many people tell they they will change their minds or regret it later, but they don't think they will. One night Cara, Jake's ex shows up with her four year old daughter. As the story unfolds they all will be thrown into a tough situation. I liked all of the characters and felt their joy and pain throughout the book. A heartbreaking tale that is also uplifting. Quite a range of emotions in this one. Thanks to netga Rebecca and Jack are a career driven couple who have decided not to have children. Many people tell they they will change their minds or regret it later, but they don't think they will. One night Cara, Jake's ex shows up with her four year old daughter. As the story unfolds they all will be thrown into a tough situation. I liked all of the characters and felt their joy and pain throughout the book. A heartbreaking tale that is also uplifting. Quite a range of emotions in this one. Thanks to netgalley and Bookouture for the arc

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carol Drinkwater

    Oh my goodness what a brilliant read, sensitively written with a great story line that just drew me in from the very first page and I just loved every word on every page. I cannot speak highly enough about this book and can thoroughly recommend, five + stars from me. Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read this fantastic book.

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