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Book Review – My Only Child by Sam Vickery @bookouture #BookReview #BookBlogger #contemporary

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An emotional heartbreaking read was this where a woman pregnant with twins gave birth to only one live child. This was Katherine and her mother Hazel’s story where author Sam Vickery weaved the twin plotlines seamlessly.

A lump in the throat soon found me gulping hard as I got to know the secrets and circumstances of both the women. The characters were so well etched that their voices seemed real.

Many issues were interspersed into the plotline adding layers into the story, which touched my heart in the simplicity of the words and the complexity of the emotions.

The prose was slower than my thrillers but poignant enough to immerse me into their lives. The space between the words allowed my emotions to swell, adding a sheen to my eyes.

Some books were meant to be felt by the heart when the lines were read by the eyes. This was one of them. Relationships shone from the turmoil and complications to the love and understanding.

My heart throbbed as I smiled on reaching the end of the last page. Sighhh…


Rating: 5 out of 5.








There he is, my baby boy. His eyes are closed, his tiny rosebud mouth is pursed in sleep. My eyes well up as I catch a whiff of his newborn skin and I swallow back a wave of emotion. I should feel happy, I should feel grateful, but all I can think about is everything I just lost…

It’s a miracle when Katherine’s baby boy is born healthy. But his twin sister doesn’t survive, and when Katherine is told she can’t have any more children the loss is almost too much for her to bear.

Katherine always saw herself having a big family: she remembers how the loneliness of being an only child used to overwhelm her, and she is desperate to adopt a sibling for her son.

But her husband Davis won’t agree. He worries that Katherine will struggle when the new baby arrives. What if growing their family only adds to the grief she feels over losing her little girl? What if this breaks their marriage apart?

And Katherine is forced to make a choice. Give up the second child she has always dreamed of or risk losing the family she already has?


Publication Date: November 2020

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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