The Second Child

41jMqt+Q7pLLove is tested to the limit when Sarah and Phil make a chance life-changing discovery: their profoundly disabled teenage daughter is not theirs. And so unfolds the brutal truth that the life they’ve led with Lauren wasn’t theirs to live. Their real daughter, the pretty, footballing Rosie, is tracked-down by the hospital. But Rosie’s mother, who is separated, is faced with the prospect of losing Rosie to a loving family comprising a cool, footballing brother, and her real father. Added to which the prospect of caring for Lauren in any capacity, is utterly daunting. But who was responsible for the mix-up, and how will the families resolve such an emotional minefield?
Bond writes with integrity and insight. In less capable hands this story would be over-dramatised and full of angst. It’s compelling, thought-provoking, and delivered in a fluid writing style. Characters are relatable and multi-faceted, and although the denouement is satisfying my slight reservation was the ending, which felt a little abrupt. Sarah’s final decision though, was one of great compassion for the other woman.

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