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  • An emotional family drama

    One of the things that struck me about this book was Jo’s daughter Phoebe. 16 years old and every parent’s nightmare. Full of back-chat and completely scathing of anything her poor long suffering mum ever has to say, to describe Phoebe as a bit of a handful would be an understatement. Jo’s husband tends not to get involved in the day to day upbringing of his daughter, preferring to stay in the background, so it always seems to fall on Jo’s shoulders to do all the worrying and desperately try to keep Phoebe on the straight and narrow without appearing overbearing. Add to the mix the fact that Jo’s very best friend since Uni – Ginny has just died, leaving behind her only son Victor, himself just a teenager. As you can imagine Jo has a lot of emotion to deal with. Ginny’s dying wish, plea even, was that Jo should take on Victor, welcome him into Jo’s family and ensure he’s OK. And so the reader is invited in to Jo’s household to eavesdrop and watch over as one family drama after another unfolds. Luckily in some respects Victor is a quiet, intelligent lad. Despite his own grief at the loss of his mother and the strangeness of coming to live with someone else’s family, Victor does his very best to fit in. Always polite and keen not to make a fuss, he’s quite the model guest. I really enjoyed this book. Being a fan of many of Amanda Prowse books, this one has many similarities in that it’s basically about family life, the dynamics, the problems and all the emotion that goes with it. Poor Jo is in an almost permanent state of flux most of the way through. She feels guilty in one way in expecting her husband and daughter to welcome Victor into the family, but on the other hand feels she owes it to her best friend’s dying wish and to Victor of course. She has all the trials and tribulations that her daughter and her daughters friends bring to the story. It encapsulates all the perils modern day family rearing entails. Drugs, racism, addiction, teenage problems, even parents of children’s friends can bring trouble along in that school gate competitive world that sometimes goes on between parents. If you like a good family drama with varied themes threaded through, I’m sure you’ll love this book as much as I did.

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  • A touching story with a secret

    At first, I was annoyed at the insecure wife and mother theme and I had a feeling at the beginning how this was going to turn out, but I kept reading and I'm glad I did. All of Jo's turmoil and self-doubt as a mother, as a wife, and as a friend changes after finding out the secret. She has to make a difficult choice that will change her life forever, but when it really comes down to it, she makes the only choice for her family...the best choice. As I said earlier, Jo's lack of self-confidence and her penchant for always putting everyone before herself was wearing thin. However, I can't imagine how difficult it would be to lose your best friend too young and Jo's strength at taking in Ginny's son as part of her family is admirable and challenging at the same time. It's understandable that she would have doubts at first, but Victor is an extremely mature and kind eighteen-year-old who gradually bonds with her family. I wondered about Patrick's feelings and lack of support in the beginning, but he steps up and takes responsibility. In addition, Jo, Patrick, and Phoebe, their daughter, turn out to be unfaltering supporters of Victor when all the racist accusations start flying from so-called friends and it is a tear-filled moment to see how they come together when the secret is revealed. Overall, this is a touching story that emerges slowly with a thought-provoking situation that would have some people throwing in the towel. In my opinion, Jo is an extremely generous and brave soul who is definitely "the lynchpin who keeps her family together". Recommend highly! Thank you to Ms. Fisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

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  • good read that will leave you thankful for family

    Another Woman's Child draws you into the middle of family drama when a woman takes in her best friends son. Jo's best friend, Ginny has died and now she has Ginny's bi-racial teenage son living in her home. Jo's home has plenty of drama as her teenage daughter seems to be rocketing out of control. Jo's life quickly becomes a battle against racism, drugs, and backbiting friends while her home is teetering on a sandy foundation as secrets threaten to bring it all crashing down around her. Jo is a complex character that has you running a gamut of emotions. I read this wanting to hug Jo and then wanting to rage at her that she is messing up. But Jo always has you rooting for a happy ending in a story that will make you smile, rage, and even bring a tear to your eye. Jo's character growth is inspirational as she goes from being a people pleaser to just finding her own voice and strength. A good read that will leave you thankful for family and looking up this author's other books. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.

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  • A lovely read

    Having read many of this author’s books, I knew I was in for a detailed slow ride. The author laid the foundations of the characters and the family dynamics in the first half. Jo wanted to keep everyone happy, and sometimes that didn’t work out. Casual racism and drug addiction were highlighted along with teenage angst. I loved when the husband stood up for Victor against the cruel remarks. There was much to cheer on in the book. The characters developed slowly, and it was last half which kept me attached to my kindle.

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  • Heartwarming and emotional with a powerful message

    Kerry Fisher has such a tremendous gift and talent for writing in a way to touch your heart, move your soul, and make you think about what’s really important. After reading this book I can say “Yes! Kerry has done it again!” More important than ever, I can say “Yes! Kerry has done it the BEST!” Another Woman’s Child will quickly become the most important and well loved book of the decade! After reading Another Woman’s Child by Kerry Fisher, you will never be the same and will be a better person for having read it! I live in America, and it pains me to see the country so divided because of racial issues and the “cancel culture” mentality. Kerry Fisher has managed to clearly make the point that WHO a person IS matters much more than what color the person is. America NEEDS this book! Another Woman’s Child breaks down all barriers of racial issues with a realistic and moving story of a family that struggles to accept unexpected surprises, and learns to embrace differences. Yes, cultural and ethnic values are important, but skin color does not define who we are. Love, acceptance, kindness, and understanding show people much more about who we are than cultural and ethnic similarities and differences do. The world NEEDS this book because not only is it a gripping and emotional page turner that will keep you hooked from the very beginning, but it also speaks to the heart about how we see ourselves and how we should treat others. Ginny and Jo have been best friends for years, and couldn’t have been more different. They both recognized their differences, but the strength of their friendship was never centered around their similarities and differences. Ginny, Jo, Patrick, and Cory once lived together, celebrated their unique differences, and supported one another through the best of times and the worst of times. Even though they have each moved on since their years as roommates, they still have unshakable bonds. Jo and Patrick found love in one another and were happily married and had a daughter. Ginny moved to Canada and shocked them all with the news that she was pregnant, but refused to share any information about the uninterested and uninvolved father. Cory, destined to forever be a bachelor, lived a life much different than the other three. When Ginny dies at a tragically young age, her son is left without anywhere to call home. Despite Jo and her husband’s hesitation, Ginny’s dying plea had been that they take in her son, Victor. Already struggling with a defiant teenage daughter of their own, Phoebe, they initially have conflicting opinions as to whether on not they should open their home to Victor. Neither of them is prepared for raising another child, although he is nearly an adult, but even more so they are not sure how to go about being supportive to a mixed race teenage boy. Considering they are white and live in a mostly white community, Victor stands out and draws unwanted racial attention from self serving and intolerant people. Jo has always avoided confrontation and since her husband Patrick was against Victor coming to live with them, the pain of losing her best friend has never felt greater because she has no idea how to move forward and feels lost and alone. She knows that her life will never be the same, but her already fragile and unstable home life and mind are nowhere near ready to accept the shocking surprise that threaten to tear her family apart. In Another Woman’s Child, Kerry Fisher shows us that how we handle life and the surprises that come our way is sometimes more important than the best laid plans we had for life. Thank you Kerry Fisher, Bookouture, and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. My opinions and feedback are honest. I highly recommend this book!

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