EXCERPT: You know the worst thing, that possibility you dread, the terrible what-if that keeps you up at night, heart racing, palms icy, the one thing you tell yourself will never happen, because it can’t, it just can’t, you wouldn’t survive it, you wouldn’t know how?
Well, sometimes it does happen. And you do survive it, even if you can’t understand how your body is still functioning – heart thudding steadily, breaths in and out, even your stomach gurgling, I mean, how? How can my body feel hungry when a doctor, a doctor I’ve put all my trust and hope in for over two years, has given me the worst news he possibly could?
No further tests. Those three words feel like a weapon wielded cruelly, a physical violence perpetrated against me, against my daughter. Emily.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: From the moment Emily was born, reaching out with her tiny little star-shaped hand towards her mother, blinking with long eyelashes over soft blue eyes, she became Rachel’s whole world.
But Rachel’s worst nightmare comes true when a rare auto-immune illness leaves four-year-old Emily in a coma the doctors say she may never come out of. And Rachel has to make a heartbreaking decision—one that her ex-husband, Emily’s dad James, doesn’t agree with.
Terrified she’s going to lose her daughter for good, Rachel knows she must find a way to keep the hope alive for Emily. But there is only one person she can turn to for help to convince James—and it’s his new wife, Eva.
As an unlikely but powerful friendship develops between the two women, both Rachel and Eva will have to ask themselves—what is truly the right choice for the tiny, fragile little girl who lies between them?
MY THOUGHTS: ‘Life is hard, and painful and messy and disappointing, but amidst all that, there’s hope, fluttering and ragged, the last thing left in the box.’
I have been in Rachel’s shoes. For four long years, between the ages of four and eight, my youngest son spent more time in hospital than he did at home. Every day he would have in excess of 100 grand mal seizures. He had them awake and asleep. He was permanently on oxygen. The neurologist told me to resign myself to him becoming brain damaged and having to wear a helmet for the remainder of his life. He recommended institutionalising him. And like Rachel, I fought. I removed my son from his care. Our family GP found us another specialist, out of our area, who supervised my son’s treatment via a pediatrician, and who made the world of difference to our lives.
So it is no wonder that I cried buckets throughout A Hope For Emily by Kate Hewitt. It brought everything back to me. I relived the weeks on end by his bedside, sleeping in a chair beside him. But I also recalled the good days, the days when we could take him out for an hour or two and, occasionally home. Rachel did not have those memories to hold on to, the possibility of there being another good day tomorrow or the day after, and that is where we differ.
But you don’t have to have been through something like this to feel her anguish. I defy any mother, any parent, to read A Hope For Emily and stay dry eyed.
This is, ultimately, a story of hope and strength, of love and friendship, of a mother leaving no stone unturned in an effort to save her daughter.
THE AUTHOR: Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of many books of women’s fiction. Her latest releases are A Vicarage Homecoming and Not My Daughter. Under the name Katharine Swartz, she is the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell.
She likes to read women’s fiction, mystery and thrillers, as well as historical novels. She particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.
Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and two Golden Retrievers.
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