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OMG. The book made me cry and some. A mother’s love and her helplessness at knowing that something was wrong with her child when no one, not even the treating doctors, believed her. Author Sam Vickery devastated my heart with the emotions she managed to invoke. Every molecule of a mother’s desperation struck a chord in me.
Madeleine’s six year old daughter Tilly was always a fussy eater. And one day she collapsed. Madeleine insisted that Tilly was dreadfully ill and had to battle her best friend Laura and ex-husband to make her voice heard.
My first book by this author, I was pulled in from the first page with the dichord between the husband and wife and Tilly becoming unconscious. Then came Madeleine’s long battle with the doctors. The author raised the pitch of the narration when Tilly was sent back home and she became serious.
Madeleine was excellent, etched with the true heart of a mother, fierce in her protective nature like a lioness, wanting the best care for her daughter. I cheered her on in every battle that she had to fight. Accusations ran wild, but she held fast with her belief that her daughter needed help. Anxiety clawed my heart too seeing her circumstances.
Scenes from the past and present showed me how the characters grew together then apart. Each chapter was an emotional read. This was one book which had to be read to experience its true emotions.
A powerful story about the purity and strength of a mother’s love.
As a doctor I have been on the other side of disbelief so to hear the emotions and thoughts of a mother made me look into myself long and hard. Sighhh…
I received a ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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What if your child was dying and no one believed you?
I never expected to be doubted, but if I can’t make them believe me, what then? I sit here beside her stroking her tiny hands as she sleeps and she looks so perfect. It never crossed my mind that something would be wrong with my sweet girl and I’d be powerless to do anything to help her.
When Madeline’s six-year-old daughter Tilly collapses one Sunday night, Madeline’s world is turned upside down. Racing to the hospital, she imagines the worst scenarios in her mind, but when they arrive the doctors say that Tilly is fine.
Madeline’s ex-husband Adam and her best friend Laura think Madeline is being overprotective, that Tilly fainted because of her fussy eating. But Madeline is sure something is seriously wrong with Tilly. She can feel it. And she believes that a mother’s instinct is never wrong.
As Madeline embarks on a desperate journey to have Tilly re-diagnosed, taking her in and out of hospital, Adam and Laura begin to wonder if Tilly would be safer in Adam’s care. Madeline just wants to keep her daughter safe, but the harder she pushes the closer she comes to losing her…
One Last Second is an emotional reminder of just how far a mother will go to protect her child.
Publication Date: July 2020