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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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Fantastic

Great book really enjoyed it , very well written. Likeable characters, would recommend this book . Good ending

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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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Gripping

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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Great listen

I enjoyed listening to the audio version of this book. It was a story about two families and the emotions that they face when they find each other. Very well written with believable characters and the narrator was great. Would recommend highly.

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Wow what a story

This book was amazing, such a difficult subject. I felt every emotion with these believable characters well done Caroline Bond brilliant .The narrator was excellent, highly recommend.

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Never saw the ending coming

A lovely book of family and loyalty and love. Antonia Beamish fabulous narrator as usual

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Not sure

I liked it, I found the premise unlikely but intriguing. But the last couple of hours I very much drifted in and out, and I'm not very clear on the ending. I feel strangely dissatisfied.

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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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A tangled web of family relationships

This was a gripping read with twist and turns along the way and I recommend

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I loved this story until I got completely confused by the ending. It made absolutely no common sense and threw the whole book off for me. Another sudden unexplained cut-off ending. It's not cool, it doesn't even "make you think". It's just very disappointing and nonsensical.