Review by Marlene Engel
An emotional story about a mother’s love, loss and determination to piece back together the family that was so abruptly taken from her.
On the same day, every year, Verity puts a message in a bottle and releases it into Ogunquit Beach. She has done this for the past 16 years, ever since her two month old daughter was kidnapped by her ex-fiancé, Alan. It’s not until Alan is arrested for a similar crime and incarcerated that Verity’s daughter is returned to her. Now 16 years old and going by the name of Marni, everything she thought to be truth, she’s now learning has all been a lie.
Marni was raised to believe that her mother was a drug addict, forcing her father to flee with her in order to keep her safe. Now both essentially strangers to each other, their reunion is anything but smooth. But despite Marni’s confusion and walls that she’s built up, Verity is determined to do everything she can to get the daughter that she’s mourned for so long back into her life.
It’s every mother’s worst fear to have their child taken from them. The pain and heartache of having your baby taken from you, only to be reunited and work harder than you ever thought possible to form a relationship that should’ve been effortless is unfathomable. Although of very dark subject matter, I found this book very engaging and difficult to put down.
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Holly Chamberlin was born and raised in New York City. After earning a Master’s degree in English Literature from New York University and working as an editor in the publishing industry for ten years, she moved to Boston, married and became a freelance editor and writer. She and her husband now live in downtown Portland, Maine, in a restored mid-nineteenth-century brick townhouse with Betty, the most athletic, beautiful and intelligent cat in the world.
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