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It was a wooden box, white with yellow and green flowers. Shelley ran a finger over the embossed lettering - Memories - pressed her lips tightly together, feeling her heart pounding in her chest...and opened it.

When Shelley first met Greg, her life had been full of possibility. A whirlwind romance, a dream wedding, moving into their first house together, thinking about starting a family....

But now, it’s 10 years since their wedding. Greg has gone. And there’s a room in the house where Shelley has shut a baby blanket away. In a box, under a bed, in a spare room, behind a door that she never opens. If it’s there, she can forget about it. Just like everything else in that room. Just like her other memories. Of a marriage that perhaps hadn’t been perfect. Of a life that hadn’t gone the way she had expected.

She’s been managing to hide from her past. Every day she acts like everything is normal. Going to work and following a routine helps her pretend the bad stuff never happened.

Until one day, everything changes. She sees the couple moving in next door, giggling as they walk up the path to their new home. The woman is pregnant. It’s like she has everything that Shelley has lost. But when Shelley properly meets Lara, she soon discovers she is in fact carrying a heartache to match Shelley’s own.

As her friendship with Lara deepens, Shelley starts to wonder what might happen if she opens the box she’s hidden away. Will the secrets from her past - about what she lost, what she’s hiding from, and what she has been doing her best to forget - destroy her?

A heartbreaking emotional drama about the power of friendship that will make listeners laugh and cry, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Dani Atkins, and Daniela Sacerdoti.

©2020 Emma Robinson (P)2020 Bookouture

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Too much sorrow from so many different angles put me in a depressed mood. Didn’t finish the book.

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brilliant to listen to

loved it emotional rollercoaster...says " bring joy into your world" and the women did....Great read

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  • 16-04-2021

Interesting look within grief

This book was very validating for someone going through grief. I enjoyed the introspection of Shelly and her learning to rely on herself. The candor of looking at different angles of grief through the eyes of the other characters could be revealing for someone trying to heal. But honestly, I struggled through some of the overly long teary parts.

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  • MS Wheeler
  • 11-03-2021

Somewhat Tedious

I persevered with this book but I can't say I enjoyed it. Overwhelming sense of whining and repetitive woe.
The characters were beige and should have been developed more. I wouldn't recommend this book

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  • Kim
  • 18-12-2020

The worst book I’ve ever read

The story was weak, dull and predictable
The 2 main characters were beyond annoying especially Shelley who was literally dripping. I’ve never found myself getting so frustrated with a book as I did this one. Wanted to give up many times but convinced myself there was more substance and intrigue to come. Sadly it didn’t. I’m not without compassion for the two subject matters in this book but the two key characters made it hard to summon up any sympathy whatsoever.

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  • E. B.
  • 01-07-2020

Brilliant

Such a lovely heartwarming story.. Narration was excellent .Would definitely recommend and will definitely listen to this book again.
Can’t wait to listen to more of Emma’s books.

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