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Publisher's Summary

Parental love is unconditional. Phil and Sarah are about to find out if that's true. A deeply moving and powerful debut novel. 

Why do you love your child? Is it because they're a straight A student, a talented footballer? Or is it simply because they're yours? 

Sarah and Phil love both their children, James and Lauren. The couple have the same hopes and aspirations as any parent. But their expectations are shattered when they discover that their perfect baby daughter has been born with a flaw: a tiny but life-changing glitch that is destined to shape her future, and theirs, irrevocably. Over time the family adapt and even thrive. 

Then one day a blood test casts doubt on the very basis of their family. Lauren is not Phil's child. Suddenly, their precious family is on the brink of destruction. But the truth they face is far more complex and challenging than simple infidelity. It tests their capacity to love each other and their children, and it raises the question of what makes - and what breaks - a family.

©2018 Caroline Bond (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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I loved this story until I got completely confused by the ending. It made absolutely no common sense and threw the whole book off for me. Another sudden unexplained cut-off ending. It's not cool, it doesn't even "make you think". It's just very disappointing and nonsensical.

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  • Hollister
  • 11-08-20

Fantastic

Great book really enjoyed it , very well written. Likeable characters, would recommend this book . Good ending

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  • Teddi
  • 03-29-19

Really enjoyable book

I would definitely recommend The Second Child - a perfect book to take on your holiday .

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  • Linda Sims
  • 03-02-19

Gripping

I wasn’t sure and picked it up and put it down a couple of times...but once into it, it was quite compelling ...

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  • Saffy
  • 06-21-18

enjoyable

really enjoyed this book but I'm not too sure about how it ends. would have preferred a different ended.

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  • Kirsten Carlyle
  • 03-10-21

Great listen

I enjoyed listening to the audio version of this book. It was a story about two families and the emotions that they face when they find each other. Very well written with believable characters and the narrator was great. Would recommend highly.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-28-21

Wow what a story

This book was amazing, such a difficult subject. I felt every emotion with these believable characters well done Caroline Bond brilliant .The narrator was excellent, highly recommend.

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  • Andrea B
  • 01-26-22

Perfect for me

Loved it, didn't want it to finish when it did. Want more by this author and narrator

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  • Xangie
  • 12-14-21

Gripping

I got this to help me sleep! Soon ditched that idea as it was one of the most enthralling and captivating books I have listened to.

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  • rhona
  • 10-05-21

won't buy another book by this author

If the author doesn't have the ability to write a conclusion to her story why bother writing it in the first place I would also wonder how it even managed to get published? very lazy writing would not recommend this book

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  • Jane
  • 07-20-21

Never saw the ending coming

A lovely book of family and loyalty and love. Antonia Beamish fabulous narrator as usual

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