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Publisher's Summary

Anna McPartlin's new novel is a powerful and emotional exploration of motherhood, filled with unique and unforgettable characters, as funny as it is moving and as poignant as it is wise. 

2010

Caroline has hit rock bottom. After years of trying, it's clear she can't have children, and the pain has driven her and her husband apart. She isn't pregnant, her husband is gone and her beloved dog is dead. 

The other women at her infertility support group have their own problems, too. Natalie's girlfriend is much less excited about having children than she is. Janet's husband might be having an affair. And then there's Ronnie, intriguing, mysterious Ronnie, who won't tell anyone her story. 

1976

Catherine is 16 and pregnant. Her boyfriend wants nothing to do with her, and her parents are ashamed. When she's sent away to a convent for pregnant girls, she is desperate not to be separated from her child. But she knows she might risk losing the baby forever.

©2021 Anna McPartlin (P)2021 Bonnier Books UK

Critic Reviews

"Beautiful, heart-wrenching and raw. A joy." (Sinéad Moriarty)

"An enthralling read with brilliant characterisation, heartbreaking plotting, and so many laughs along the way." (Liz Nugent)

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  • 07-20-21

A real gem !

What a wonderful read, full of interesting characters that you really cared for, such a brilliant story… I thought I had it worked out ..( however I hadn’t !)
A real page turner that I wanted to keep listening to at every available opportunity ….
Beautifully written & first class narration … highly recommended … off to discover my next audible by this gem of an author !

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  • 06-23-21

Beautiful book

A beautiful story with excellent performances. It’s a rollercoaster of emotion and an empathic insight into the fraught world of fertility and the shameful history of mother & baby homes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-22

Great audiobook

I was hesitant about this book because I’ve been through fertility treatment and it’s a triggering subject, some of the medical info wasn’t 100% but it didn’t stop me listening. The juxtaposition of the two stories/eras really worked and the narrators were spot on. Tearful and humorous. Lots of emotions felt throughout.

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  • Irishgirl
  • 05-26-22

Loved this!

Just captured my attention from page 1. such a real life story of mother & baby institutions in Ireland and this was set mid '70's - or at least part of it was. Really great characterisation, tragic but life affirming. Wonderful narration. Just loved it 🌼

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  • JayneB
  • 05-01-22

So emotional xx

I loved this story x I cried lots x the narration is fabulous x

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  • Sigrin
  • 04-26-22

Spend the credit or sale price, it’s worth it.


This is the second Anna McPartlin book I have had the pleasure to listen to.

She tackles difficult subjects in a sensitive way, but there is black humored in there too. Just when you think it could not get any worse or sad another knife splitting moment occurs but it adds to the content.

All the characters are so beautifully drawn and it feels like you know them personally.

I think I would have enjoyed reading these books, however thé narration just takes it to another level and I am now feeling a little bereft now it’s over.

Highly recommend this and her other book, Below a big blue sky.

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  • Caroline berry
  • 04-24-22

Emotional !!!

I loved this book
An emotionally charged , beautifully read tear jerker . It kept me enthralled .

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  • sarum saint
  • 04-21-22

Brilliant.

A honest portrayal of the impact of infertility on women and their families. In particular the impact of being a young pregnant girl in Ireland and the role of the Catholic Church in taking woman’s babies away from them in cruel and aggressive ways in the name of religion. Brilliant story telling, funny, sad and the friendship of others.

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  • 04-15-22

The Simply Beautiful Waiting for the Miracle

A brilliant and emotional ride from start to finish with perfect narration! I cannot recommend it enough and if you're looking for the best book I have listened to since joining Audible - do not pass this book by!... I loved it

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  • Roisin
  • 10-23-21

loved this from chapter one

I don't usually write reviews but am the first to read them so here goes! I absolutely loved this book from start to finish! I loved how it was told and how it all came together! characters were brilliant! storyline is so relevant, relatable and humerous! highly recommend!

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  • Beverly
  • 07-09-21

Loved it

Love this author. Have listened to all her books and they all have so much love and sadnes and joy. They make you smile cry and leave you wanting so much more. Hope its not a long wait till her next story.