The Mother I Could Have Been

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My thoughts…

This is the second book by Kerry Fisher that I’ve now ‘read’ and unusually for me, both were in Audiobook format! Huge thanks to Kerry for this one because I entered a giveaway and received an Audiobook Credit in return to purchase her book. Every so often it’s great listening to a book especially when you’re not well and I loved spending a day recovering and exploring this one.

This is the kind of book where you just want to highlight a billion quotes because the wording is wonderful and hearing it narrated is even more of a treat. I fully expect that had I read this in written format it would have been finished in a day – it was that addictive.

The book carefully explores many relationships and family trauma. Many books do that but Kerry Fisher always has a talent for making hers unique and different. It’s not a romance, although there are elements, it’s more of a contemporary family fiction. There is raw emotion from almost every page – yet Kerry manages to have you laughing in the next chapter as well. For me, laughter and tears are the ingredients of a great book.

About the book…

Why would you walk away from the one person you can’t live without?

As a child, Vicky Hall never had the sort of family she wanted. The least important person in her new step-family, ignored by her mother in favour of her two younger half-siblings, Vicky was always an afterthought. Sitting alone at her graduation ceremony at the age of twenty-one, she vows to create her own family and her own life, one which is full of the love and attention she has always craved.

When Vicky meets William and falls pregnant in Greece that summer, it isn’t planned. But the two of them believe they can make it work, showering their child with the love which they believe should be enough.

But when her son Theo is two, Vicky leaves him in the care of her mother-in-law, walks out of her front door and drives to a hotel where she takes a room for the night. She doesn’t return.
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication: 22nd November 2019 by Bookouture

About the author…

Kerry Fisher was brought up in Peterborough. She now lives in Surrey with a very tolerant husband and two children. She studied at Bath University and speaks fluent Italian, Spanish and French. She also trained as a journalist at City University, then went on to write travel guidebooks for Thomas Cook. After landing her dream job working on women’s magazines, she discovered that she hated writing about real people in case their families got upset. The Writers’ Program at the University of California helped her move from fact into fiction – the perfect forum for exploring human emotions without worrying about some poor mother weeping over her son’s account of his childhood.

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