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  • Overall a gorgeous, heart breaking, page turning,

    BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'Save My Daughter' by Sam Vickery. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Sam Vickery, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 1st April 2020. This is the third book I have read by this author. The previous book I read are called 'One Last Second' and 'My Only Child' which I loved and would also highly recommend. I was originally drawn to this book by its eye catching and colouful cover and its captivating synopsis. The synopsis stated that this fans of Jodi Picoult, Kate Hewitt and Diane Chamberlain will be swept away by this book. I am a huge fan of all of their books so am interested to see if it will live up to this statement. I have also previously read two previous books by Sam which I loved and am hoping to enjoy this one just as much. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book). This novel consists of a prologue, 44 chapters and an epilogue. The chapters are short to medium to long in length so possible to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case! This book is based in Dorset , UK 🇬🇧 . I always enjoy when books are set in the UK as I'm from Wales and have sometimes visited areas mentioned in the book. This makes it easier to picture the scenes. I have actually been on holiday in Dorset several times so it will be interesting to see if I recognise anywhere mentioned in the book. This book is written in first person perspective with the protagonists being Lily and Hannah. The benefits of books written in first person perspective are as long as they are well written it makes you feel that you are being spoken to by the protagonist and it can create more of a bond between yourselves and them. If there are several protagonists you also get to see more of what is going on and feels like you get to see the whole picture and not miss out in anything. It is set over multiple timelines (now, then and 'the day it all began' ). When books show what has happened in the past and what is happening in the present I find it really helps the reader (if it is well done) understand why things are happening and what has lead to the present activities and decisions. Well, Well, Well, Sam Vickery you have done it again!!! Congratulations on yet another breathe taking novel!! This book is extremely well written and the layout with the past and present chapters are perfect. They drip feed you information of what has gone on in the past with just the right amount of information to give you an idea of what is going on but not too much so that you work it all out. The cover and blurb work perfectly with the storyline. Wow!! What an absolutely breathe taking and heart stopping storyline. Every mothers worst nightmare and as a mother it had me absolutely hooked. It is a beautiful and devastating plot that really shows the true devotion of a mother's love and the pains that someone may go through to have a baby and have that mothers love. It just completely blew me away and left me sitting there thinking what measures someone would go to to have that child and what would I do if I was in the situation of either Hannah or Lily. Would I forgive Hannah? However, it wasn't just the one heart tugging storyline as you had the other subplot going on at the same time. I won't say too much as I don't want to give to much away but oh how I felt for Lily and Jon and everything they were going through. Have your tissues at the ready ladies and gents cause this one is a complete tear jerker!!! The storyline was set at a perfect pace, not too fast and not too slow. It gave just the right amount of time for you to be able to take everything in as it was happening and question yourself about what you would do. It really is thought provoking. It is an absolute roller-coaster ride of emotions and filled with love, deceit, secrets, tension and trust. A very powerful and gripping depiction of the power and intensity of a mother love and a fathers sacrifice. It sucked me in from page one until the tear jerking ending. The characters are unique, well defined and realistic. The strength of Lily and Jon absolutely shine through as does the devastation Hannah is going through. Many would hate Hannah but if I was in that position I think I would do what Lily did, I think, at this time I would but who knows? Nobody knows how they would react until they are in that situation. I did have a lot of sympathy for Hannah but I also had sympathy for Lily and Jon. This book shows the power and devastation of not just a mother and fathers love but of friendship too. I would absolutely love to see this turned into a movie!!! Another congratulations to Sam Vickery and I do believe that Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain have some strong competit

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  • Great read!

    Lily and Hannah have been best friends since they first met at 18. But lately their friendship is strained, they're keeping secrets from each other and one day Hannah abducts Lily's newborn baby from the theme park they all have gone to in order to spend a day together. The title "Save my daughter" is somewhat deceitful in my opinion, because this is not only the story of baby Emma abduction, but of so much more. The book, beautifully written, deals with themes like friendship, loyalty, love, motherhood, loss and grieve, evolving through a highly engaging plot full of twists and turns. It is also deeply emotional and I'm not afraid to admit that it had me on the verge of tears a few times. Definitely recommend! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • An Emotional, beautiful journey!

    Wow! A tender, love story of family, friendship, heartbreak and renewal! Lily and Hannah have been best friends since they were eighteen, until paranoia, jealousy and a lot of secrets come between them. Lily is a mother of three with a husband who loves his family more than anything. Three young children can be overwhelming at times and very often is. Lily shares only a bits and pieces of her role as a mum with Hannah, and often makes it appear as though she is ungrateful and exhausted with her life. Hannah who has never wanted children, now decides she needs her own. She will not share this with Lily. Lily may not understand. She will do this on her own no matter what! The day comes while they are all at a theme park, when a kidnapping occurs. Their friendship is now on the line! Can they ever find a way to resume their relationship and regain the trust that they have lost at a time when they truly need each other? This book has so any layers and subjects and is very well done! It is a quick read filled with every emotion you can imagine! Well done!

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  • Heart-Felt!

    Sam Vickery has written another heartrending story of two best friends and their divergent choices. While each keeps a secret, they feel their friendship flailing along. With one climatic choice the secrets will be revealed and we understand what each has sacrificed for the other. This one will give you all the feels! Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC!

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  • When your best friend does the unthinkable.

    I received an ARC from Bookouture through NetGalley for an honest review. When I read what the book was about I decided I wanted to read it because I couldn't understand how your best friend could do what Hannah did. Lily was the mother of 3 young children and Hannah didn't have any children so when Lily would vent about the kids, Hannah interpreted it as she wasn't a good mother. Jon and Lily decided to take the kids to the amusement park and asked Hannah if she wanted to go to help watch the kids. Although it wasn't planned when Lily and John took the two older children on a ride, Hannah left with Ella who was 3 months old. Sam Vickery did an amazing job writing this story. The story flows right along, we learn the secrets, the hard truths, the pain, and finding out if there is a path after the trust is so broken. I knew it would be a hard book to read, but I wanted to see how a best friend could do what Hannah did, and I found out. Two women, best friends and their friendship was just seeing the surface of each other. It was only after the kidnapping do they go deeper in their relationship. As they went through the depths, they begin to see the pain, the misunderstandings, and what they each was seeing of the other. When you can do that, then you not only see things differently but maybe can find a way to forgive the other person and yourself. As you read the book, it will bring up many feelings in you and for me when I finished the book, I was thinking a lot differently than when I started.

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