What is this about?: Evie is Zoe and Ollie’s adopted kid, and one day they discover she’s been communicating with her father – who they’ve never known.
What else is this about?: Mothers and daughters, and the bond between them.
Blurb: Zoe and Ollie Morley tried for years to have a baby and couldn’t. They turned to adoption and their dreams came true when they were approved to adopt a little girl from birth. They named her Evie.
Seven years later, the family has moved to Yorkshire and grown in number: a wonderful surprise in the form of baby Ben. As a working mum it’s not easy for Zoe, but life is good.
But then Evie begins to receive letters and gifts.
The sender claims to be her birth father.
He has been looking for his daughter.
And now he is coming to take her back…
This is a book about family, and the bond between parents and their children, which is more than just blood.
When Evie comes into Zoe and Ollie’s life, she is everything they have been waiting for – and a few years later when Zoe unexpectedly gets pregnant they head off to the country with their family for a better life. Into that seemingly idyllic life comes, Evie’s Dad – her real Dad, who leaves her messages and gifts and promises to take her away.
Her dad appears at a time in Evie’s life when a whole bunch of random circumstances come together and make Evie ripe to be taken advantage of – her little brother (and her parents’ natural child) is getting all the attention and for an adopted child, this can make bring up jealousies. Or so Zoe and Ollie tell themselves over and over. It seems to work for a bit, until Evie dies disappear and no one can find her.
At that point, their lives begin to unravel – Zoe and Ollie’s marriage is in trouble, facing pretty normal problems, heightened by their missing child. Throw in a fellow painter that shows an interest in Zoe, and the result is combustible – it also highlights this is Zoe’s story – how she feels in a marriage where her husband doesn’t pay attention to her and the stress of two kids is weighing down on her as she’s the only one looking after them.
As the story progresses, truths also come to light about the people around them — around Evie, making their search for her all the more frantic, and the author manages that pacing right until the end, ensuring you’re worried for Evie and Zoe, up until the last sentence.
This is what I thought at the end of the book: there are some things a mother’s love can’t make right, some things that are out of her control no matter how hard she tries to make it seem better. But she (and dad) will keep on loving their kid even if it’s all they can do.