Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey

Gripping, emotional, 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.

Emma Townsend. Five years old. Gray eyes, brown hair. Missing since June.

Emma 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. Kidnapper.

Sarah has never seen a girl so precious as the gray-eyed child in a crowded airport terminal. 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 whether 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 Emma is gone without a trace.

As Sarah and Emma avoid the nationwide hunt, they form an unshakeable bond. But what about Emma’s real mother, back at home?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆
To be honest, I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I completely understand where Sarah is coming from, to see a child that's being verbally and emotionally abused and want to do something to help the child.

What Sarah did though, is not the way to handle the situation. Granted, CPS (child protective services) might not have thought the behavior of the child's mother rose to the level of neglect or child abuse in their eyes, but it would have given the father a chance to remedy the situation.

Sarah's actions affect more than just Emma (the child) but also the child's parents – BOTH of her parents. Yes, her mother is neglectful and oftentimes mentally and physically abusive and her father is apathetic. Given the chance and knowing that someone was looking at his family, I believe the father would have taken both children and made a better life for them.

As it stands, you have a mother who never wanted to be a parent and father who is grieving for his daughter while Sarah raises Emma. It seems the author attempted to do the right thing by having Sarah contact the mother, but did anyone think about the father?

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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey to read and review.

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