Not Her Daughter
Author: Rea Frey
Releases: August 21, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Emma Grace Townsend. Five years old. Gray eyes. Brown hair. Missing since June.
Emma Townsend is lonely. Living with her cruel mother and clueless father, Emma retreats into her own world of quiet and solitude.
Sarah Walker. Successful entrepreneur. Broken-hearted. Abandoned by her mother. Kidnapper.
Sarah has never seen a girl so precious as the gray-eyed child in a crowded airport terminal—and when a second-chance encounter with Emma presents itself, Sarah takes her, far away from home. But if it’s to rescue a little girl from her damaging mother, is kidnapping wrong?
Amy Townsend. Unhappy wife. Unfit mother. Unsure she wants her daughter back.
Amy’s life is a string of disappointments, but her biggest issue is her inability to connect with her daughter. And now she’s gone without a trace.
As Sarah and Emma avoid the nationwide hunt, they form an unshakeable bond. But her real mother is at home, waiting for her to return—and the longer the search for Emma continues, Amy is forced to question if she really wants her back.
Emotionally powerful and wire-taut, Not Her Daughter raises the question of what it means to be a mother—and how far someone will go to keep a child safe.
(photo byAlex Holguin)
Rea Frey is an award-winning author of several nonfiction books. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter. Not Her Daughter is her debut novel.
Amy has a life most would love to have, but she just can't find it in herself to embrace it, being a mother isn't what she thought it would be, and her relationship with her husband is on shaky ground most of the time, which leaves her feeling overwhelmed. Most days she can maneuver through her life, but there are days when she downright hates her life, and against her better judgement takes her frustrations out on her young daughter. And those are the days that she is certain motherhood and domesticated life just wasn't meant for her...
Sarah knows what it is like to come from a broken home, and what it feels like to be abandoned by the ones who are supposed to love you, and she wouldn't wish that on her worst enemy. Her mother never seemed to have the motherly touch, and her father tried, but his efforts were always lacking. Then she meets young Emma, and she instantly recognizes the hurt written on the young girls face, it closely resembles the look she has carried for years, and before she really comprehends what she is doing, she kidnaps the young girl with the promise of giving her a better life. The very one she always wished she would have had, she knows what she is doing wrong on some level, but the more time she spends with Emma the more ways she finds to justify her actions...
Not Her Daughter is a haunting tale that follows two women and young child on an unforgettable journey, one is her uncaring biological mother and the other a good intention-ed woman who kidnapped her with the hope of giving her the loving home she deserves. Between the pages of this exquisitely crafted tale you will find a story that pushes you to your breaking point, makes your heart ache, and gives you hope. This is by far one of the best first read my eyes have landed on this year, this powerful story hit me deep, and made me feel the intent behind every word... it was downright astounding! If there is one book you pick up this year, make it this one, you won't be disappointed with what you find!!
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