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The Second Child

Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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Summary

Parental love is unconditional. Phil and Sarah are about to find out if that's true. A deeply moving and powerful debut novel. 

Why do you love your child? Is it because they're a straight A student, a talented footballer? Or is it simply because they're yours? 

Sarah and Phil love both their children, James and Lauren. The couple have the same hopes and aspirations as any parent. But their expectations are shattered when they discover that their perfect baby daughter has been born with a flaw: a tiny but life-changing glitch that is destined to shape her future, and theirs, irrevocably. Over time the family adapt and even thrive. 

Then one day a blood test casts doubt on the very basis of their family. Lauren is not Phil's child. Suddenly, their precious family is on the brink of destruction. But the truth they face is far more complex and challenging than simple infidelity. It tests their capacity to love each other and their children, and it raises the question of what makes - and what breaks - a family.

©2018 Caroline Bond (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Really enjoyable book

I would definitely recommend The Second Child - a perfect book to take on your holiday .

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I wasn’t sure and picked it up and put it down a couple of times...but once into it, it was quite compelling ...

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enjoyable

really enjoyed this book but I'm not too sure about how it ends. would have preferred a different ended.

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Excellent read.

I so enjoyed listening to this book, telling the story of two families who came home with the with the wrong babies and how they tried to cone to terms with that and deal with the fallout. Really well written . Recommended

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