Heather is devastated. There is no way she can keep her baby. She can barely pay the bills as it is. But when she meets Grace, a wealthy, single career woman, who wants a baby more than anything, Heather believes she has found the perfect adoptive mother.
As Grace and Heather’s lives become entwined, they are tested to breaking point, though neither can deny the other’s love for the child. But just when they think they are learning how to live with each other, they receive devastating news that turns their fragile world upside down.
Will either mother know what is the right thing to do for the child they both love?
What an emotional read!
The story begins with heartbreaking news. Grace has lost her dad, the only remaining member of her family. On the other hand, Heather finds out that she is pregnant. Her family is struggling to get by. Heather’s husband is unemployed after a work-related injury that makes it hard for him to get a job. The family has three daughters already and cannot afford to bring up another child. This is the point at which Grace and Heather meet. Both were at a difficult stage in their lives and the child was bound to change the course of their lives.
Kate Hewitt has a way of evoking all kinds of emotions through her writing. I found myself feeling sad through most parts of the story. It was hard not to feel for the two women. I wanted to get into the book and hug them. Heather’s story broke my heart because I can’t imagine how tough and brave one has to be to make such a decision. She knew that the only way to provide a better life for her unborn was to give the child away. Grace was young, ambitious but in desperate need on love and family. I liked the two women and sympathized with them greatly. I thought this was as bad as it could get, I mean what could be worse than having to give up your child or lose the last member of your family? However, the heartbreak didn’t stop until the last page. There were more twists and turns, most of them devastating.
This is a story about motherhood and family. The author covered these themes really well and in-depth. The adoption angle was well portrayed to show how difficult it is for different parties. I also liked the portrayal of motherhood for career women. Grace was very career-oriented, on the verge of a major career breakthrough. However, her life and career goals changed with the adoption.. The theme of family was tackled realistically and from different angles. We not only get to know about Heather but also her husband, Kevin and their daughters and how their lives were affected by the adoption.
A Mother’s Goodbye is an emotional, well-written story that I recommend to everyone.