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Book Review – A Mother Like You by Ruby Speechley @HeraBooks #BookReview #BookBlogger #contemporary

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Kate had a wonderful life with husband James, but found herself pregnant and they had no space for a baby, so they thought. At the same time, her ex started blackmailing her. And then came the threatening messages. Her relationship with her mother was not too great. Life was a minefield for Kate.

Initially the book appeared to be a thriller as there were quite a few twists. Author Ruby Speechley managed to capture the right ambiance in the book. I could sympathize with Kate as she found hurdles everywhere. I liked her dedication to keeping the baby.

As the book progressed, it slowly transformed into family secrets and drama. It was multi generational where I got to know the ladies. My emotions seesawed between empathy and anger. I liked how the author could draw out my emotions.

The reveals in the book had a lot of pathos. The suspenseful story soon brought out the truths hidden in the past which was actually based on society’s reality in the 1950s.

Overall, the book managed to surprise me, pitching me from stormy seas of a thriller to the placid waters of family saga, where I knew there were secrets swimming at its depths.


Rating: 4 out of 5.





All mothers have secrets…some are unforgivableKate Marshall lives an enviable life. Married to handsome, charming, James, owner of a successful company, she seems to have it all.But falling pregnant at 45 was never part of the plan. Especially as Kate’s hiding a devastating secret – one that she’s been running from for twenty years.So when ex-boyfriend Paul comes back into her life, threatening to expose the truth about what Kate did, the clock is ticking. Can she keep her secrets and finally be the mother she always dreamed of – or will her past lies destroy her perfect life?


Publication Date: September 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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2 thoughts on “Book Review – A Mother Like You by Ruby Speechley @HeraBooks #BookReview #BookBlogger #contemporary Leave a comment

  1. What a thrilling one. Just for this time, the family is meeting. But indeed, a good read. Thank you, Shalini! MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours! Sorry, the last days i had a lot of power naps. 😉 This lockdown is somehow terrible. Michael

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