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    All the Stars!

    4.5 Stars Catherine Miller has given us such a gift in this story. I sat down and just devoured this novel. It was unflinching in its examination of the complexity of the human heart, what it means to love, what it takes to make a family. A highly readable, hopeful, and heartfelt story of the making of a new family. Parenthood requires a steep learning curve, even in the best of circumstances. The author does a great job of acknowledging a mother's mistakes as well as her wins. Catherine Miller writes such tight and magical prose that the sentences alone make you want to turn the page. Still, beautiful clauses and discrete insights are never enough to stay glued to a full length book. Ms. Miller also offers us a deeply flawed protagonist with a biting sense of humor and ruthless insight into her own weaknesses. This is a surprising jewel of a book. You won't regret this read.
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    An exploration of the human heart.

    Every time I hear the expression love of your life, I am reminded of Grey's Anatomy and how Derrick was that to Meredith. Well, in this story by Catherine Miller, Tabitha is trying to get past the loss of the one special and perfect man in her life, her husband Andy. Shockingly, Tabitha discovers that Andy had died in his sleep. This one scene alone was heartbreaking. As the story continues, a few years have passed and Tabitha has started an entirely new life. She has decided to become a foster parent. Her first foster children are fifteen-year-old twin girls. Although they give her a run for her money, she holds on tight to be as good as this as possible. When she is asked to foster a newborn, Tabitha realizes that things are going to be even harder, but she is up to the task. I was floored by this novel by Catherine Miller. After all, when a woman whose heart was completely broken opened her home to take in children, well, that was enough for me to be fully committed and truly affected as I was reading The Day That Changed Everything. This book felt to me as an exploration of the human heart and its capacity for love. Not only that, but it also proved to be one of second chances and starting over. I have perused Catherine Miller's backlist, as this is my first book by her, which I devoured in one sitting, and it will most certainly not be my last. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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    Inspiring

    Having not read anything by Catherine Miller before I was unaware of what I was in store. Well, I was blown away! This book had my full attention from the very start. It was very well written, full of raw emotion and I felt as if I was actually sitting there with Tabitha listening as she told me her story. Despite the book beginning with the death of Tabitha's husband I found it to be overall an uplifting and hopeful tale of rebuilding for the future following the shattering of dreams held close. The story moves between then - the death of Tabitha's husband - and now - with Tabitha starting her fostering journey. The author has dealt with the subject of fostering in a beautiful manner and shows that despite it being hard work there is also a rewarding feeling. I loved this aspect of the book having previously worked in a care home setting I could understand some of what kids go through whilst in care. This is very much a heart-wrenching story about overcoming grief and moving forwards. I found this to be an inspiring read filled with heartwarming characters. Once I started reading I was spell-bound to read until the final page - just as if I was sitting having tea with Tabitha. Lovely!
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    Awesome

    One of the best books I’ve read. This surely was very emotional. Half of the story I could relate with myself. Kudos to Catherine & team. Lots of love.❤️
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    Life after Loss

    This novel begins with the unexpected death of Tabitha’s young husband Andy. Because she is no longer close to Andy’s family, she moves from the security of her house on their farmland to a ramshackle property she repairs with a plan to become a foster mother. As we know, plans do not always go as we think they will. First come the teenage girls, twins Max and Syd. Foster care and a failed adoption have made them bitter, angry and rebellious. They fight Tabitha’s attempts to mother them and she struggles to reach them. Next is Luna, an infant born with fetal alcohol syndrome, whose constant crying upsets what small balance there was in the group. It will take an ill planned action by Max to finally unite this small family and show them how deeply they have come to care about each other. The Day that Changed Everything is about family and love. Tabitha learns to open her heart to her new children and again to Andy’s family. She repairs old friendships and makes new ones that send her life on a different course. Full of well described characters and set in a vivid country location, the story is emotional and memorable. 5 stars. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Catherine Miller for this ARC.
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