#FuturisticFriday review: The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Mother’s Promise

Summary: A new poignant and breathtaking novel from the author of The Things We Keep and The Secrets of Midwives.

With every book, Sally Hepworth becomes more and more known for her searing emotional portraits of families—and the things that test their bonds. In The Mother’s Promise, she delivers her most powerful novel yet: the story of a single mother who is dying, the troubled teenaged daughter who is battling her own demons, and the two women who come into their lives at the most critical moment.

Alice and her daughter Zoe have been a family of two all their lives. Zoe has always struggled with crippling social anxiety and her mother has been her constant and fierce protector. With no family to speak of, and the identity of Zoe’s father shrouded in mystery, their team of two works—until it doesn’t. Until Alice gets sick and is given a grim prognosis.

Desperate to find stability for Zoe, Alice reaches out to two women who are practically strangers, but who are her only hope: Kate, her oncology nurse, and Sonja, a social worker. As the four of them come together, a chain of events is set into motion and all four of them must confront their sharpest fears and secrets—secrets about abandonment, abuse, estrangement, and the deepest longing for family. Imbued with heart and humor in even the darkest moments, The Mother’s Promise is an unforgettable novel about the power of love and forgiveness.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I have been a fan of Sally Hepworth’s since The Secrets of Midwives and with each book ( The Things We Keep and now The Mother’s Promise) I become an even bigger fan!


I positively ached for Zoe in this book. Most people who know me would not guess that in junior high I was very shy. I was not shy around people that I liked, but in my small junior high class with some real mean girls in it, I felt shy. I did not have nearly the issue that Zoe does, but reading her reactions to situation, reading about her blushing- reminded me a bit of my junior high days.

What I liked:

The cover. So pretty.

How the women’s stories intertwined. Loved that.

Each woman facing her own truth. They could have hid under the covers. But each woman, in her own way, looked at her problem and dealt with it. With strength and courage.


This is a book that will make you pull out the Kleenex and cry as Alice, Kate and Sonja dance with demons and really cry as you realize that these 3 women- women who did not know each other before Alice’s diagnosis- all have Zoe’s best interests at heart and are determined to help Zoe in their own special ways.


Bottom line: I freaking loved this book. Even though it did make me ugly cry.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*

**This book is a February 2017 #FuturisticFriday selection from Traveling With T.**


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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