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Another Woman’s Child

Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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Could you take in your best friend’s child, even if it risked destroying your own family?  

Jo had thought that her life - and her heart - was full. With a busy job, a husband and a teenage daughter who is going off the rails, keeping her life running smoothly had already felt hard enough.

But now Jo sits at the funeral of her best friend, Ginny, crushed by the loss of a friendship that had endured for 30 years: from college and their first days at work through to settling down and raising their own children.  

Against her husband’s wishes, Jo has made a life-changing decision: to take in Ginny’s teenage son, Victor, and raise him as her own. Despite her misgivings, Jo feels she had no choice: Ginny was a single parent, and Victor had no other family who could take care of him.  

But Victor’s arrival is about to break open the fragile cracks that were already forming on the surface of Jo’s family life and in her small rural community...and expose a secret that has remained hidden for many years, with devastating consequences.  

From the best-selling author of The Silent Wife and The Woman I Was Before, Another Woman’s Child is an gripping and heartbreaking listen about the secrets we keep from our families and the sacrifices we are willing to make for those we love. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.

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Definitely worth a read/listen

I got a little frustrated at first with the main character. I don’t usually like it when main characters appear weak and indecisive but I realised after a while how this was important to the story. Well written book and I really enjoyed it. I’ll definitely be looking for more books from Kerry to read.

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  • Nalo
  • 10-08-2020

Drawn out story with no real surprises

Kerry Fisher, once again, showed how good of a writer she is. I’ve read/listened to all of her books and am always amazed at how she paints a scene, characterization, and story. As a black American woman who only knows British terms from movies and television shows, I always feel like I’m peeking behind the curtain of another world when I read Ms. Fishers books. The Mother I Could Have Been is the book that revealed to me that motherhood, in all its intricacies, is complicated for everyone. And no matter your age or class, no one is immune. Race was never mentioned, which didn’t matter because I was still able to see myself in the main characters. It was such a brilliant book. This book was harder for me to relate to. I did appreciate the subtle, and not so subtle, commentary about casual racism. I’ve never been privy to conversations that happen in a room full of white people, so I can only imagine what types of conversations occur when race comes up. I’d never thought about it before, so I liked having the opportunity to hear those conversations. The writing was very well done. That newfound insight was what I enjoyed most about this book. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much more. The book was very slow. I mean like snail slow. The main character, Jo, was far too weak and self deprecating for me. Her lack of strength was draining. And her parenting skills were tiring. Maybe it’s because I’m a woman her age with children that I had no sympathy for her. Every time her daughter spoke to her I cringed. I mean, what parent allows her child to talk to them that way? Yes, it could be a cultural thing, but really?? I cringed throughout the book. Then there’s Ginny. What kind of mother leaves her child’s welfare and future to chance? And what kind of best friend only tells a material truth after her death. I must say, however, that Ginny’s letter to Jo did bring tears to my eyes. I did enjoy Jo’s mother, the meddlesome yet loving every-mom. I really liked Victor, quite the young gentleman. And I liked Jo’s husband, Patrick. There were other interesting and entertaining elements of the book, but overall, the story was boring. I kept waiting for something to happen (teenage drinking, drug use, and partying doesn’t count). I waited and waited. The big “reveal” was no reveal at all. Pretty much from the second chapter, you already knew the secret and where the book was heading. I liked the books ending (here comes the but)...but it took too long to get there. This is my least favorite of Ms. Fishers books to date. I wanted something that I could really sink my teeth in. I wanted the complexities of her other books, not just a woman who spent her time trying not to ruffle anyone’s feathers. That was just exhausting. Though the story fell flat for me, I’m still a fan of Kerry Fisher and look forward to future novels. The narration by Emma Spurgin Hussey was spot on as usual. I absolutely love her narration.

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  • Debbie Cortina
  • 23-08-2020

Good listen

This is the 3rd book I listen to from this author. She always has interesting story lines. I absolutely love her narrator. She delivers witty lines with such ease. I was able to relate to this book as I too have a 16 year old teenager exploring what life glows to offer and all to willing to be on the fringe of trouble. I felt comfort in knowing that I am not the only one dealing with the difficult teenage years and how scarry and frustrating that can be. Another job well done!

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  • Tabitha musgrove
  • 03-10-2020

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Great book . This was an excellent story. I loved it. It was so relatable and great to touch on racism.

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  • bookfiend
  • 30-09-2020

Good but...

I found it hard at times to keep listening due to Jo’s lack of a backbone, over and over. But I suppose that’s real life for some. Like this author very much but this title wasn’t one of my favorites.

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  • Sandra Lee
  • 27-08-2020

Good read!

Well written, realistic family drama that kept my interest. The dynamics between parent and teenagers and husbands and wives was very relatable.

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  • Wendy
  • 25-08-2020

Absolutely fabulous

I have loved every one of this authors books and was so pleased to find one that I hadn’t read. Her characterization is brilliant. Excellent story, great narration and sheer quality all the way.

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  • Lonnie
  • 25-08-2020

Well written -very well done.

This was a fabulous book, very appropriate and very true. As a mother of three adopted children, all different races I related to the story. The development of characters was excellent and I strongly recommend for all families

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  • Maui girl
  • 24-08-2020

Love Kerry Fisher

She is such a wonderful author I love everything she has written! She is also very accessible, if you write to her on her Facebook page she will answer you, it is awesome.

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  • SCBDC
  • 14-08-2020

A Mixed Bag

I've gone through all of Kerry's books during my lockdown walks and enjoyed them both because of the stories themselves, but also Emma's narration which I thoroughly enjoy This one, I struggled to get beyond the prologue, primarily due to the not so great Welsh accent which was a major distraction. It became less of am issue as the book went on but I found the same with the main character's husbands accent as it drifted between Northern and Southern Irish (or at least that's what it sounded like, it was never explained) Full disclose I am Irish with a mother who was born and bred in Cardiff so I'm probably extra picky! The story itself was interesting, many of the characters were extremely unlikeable (as I believe they were meant to be though Phoebe was especially grating) but the references to "casual" racism were important, particularly in these times.

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  • Bev Hawkes
  • 11-08-2020

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Great listen when you get past dodgy accents..... Stick with it as well worth it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-2020

brilliant read

i really loved it. Sorry when it finished. looking forward to the next one .

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  • Agnes Vaspori
  • 10-10-2020

Just can get enough of Kerry's books.

A brilliant listen that gets you cry and laugh in the space of 1 minute.

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  • Wendy Hasemore
  • 08-10-2020

Loved this book

Enjoyed the story very much but more than that the fact I could relate to the dynamics of the different types relationships. An extended family for what ever reason, the feelings we all have in our friendships Thank you

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  • Dawn evans
  • 30-09-2020

So current and on trend

I loved this book and the very current topics, so accurate and also humorous, sad and so very real, look forward to the next one

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  • Jo Burton
  • 19-09-2020

Another corker

I’ve read all of Kerry’s books and waited (very impatiently!) for this one and it didn’t disappoint! I just love the depth of her characters and the way the story is woven together with such detail. Thoroughly believable, compelling and so enjoyable! Thank you Kerry - your writing is a gift :-)

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  • Dolly
  • 12-09-2020

A must read !

If you are going to read or listen a book this year, make it this one ! As a parent of 2 teenagers I could totally relate to this, it had me tearful in some chapters & joyful & full laughter in others, another fantastically written book by Kerry Fisher

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  • Steve M.
  • 08-09-2020

Kerry Fisher is fast becoming my favorite author

Just brilliant and I didn't want it to end. If you like other KF books then you will love this also. The narrator is the same as many other KF books and is one of my favorites (even if she doesn't quite get the accents right at times) so to me it's a match made in heaven. The story covers the journey of the main character, Jo, taking on her dying best friends son at a time when the family is already under the strain of an unruly teenage daughter. There is a twist that I saw coming, but didn't ruin it. Weaved throughout the story is the ugliness of racism, both blatant and unconscious which will have you cringing but a very timely subject and I feel KF covered this well.

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  • tuloola
  • 04-09-2020

Excellent read!

I love the way she articulates the stuff that goes on in a mothers head. this was exactly what I needed to hear and feel better for having read/listened to it.