Happy publication day to Emma Robinson! Where I Found You is out TODAY!
I’m not sure I have an adequate vocabulary to explain how much I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down and read it in just a day.
As parents, all we can wish for is for our children to be happy. And Sara is no different, but her little girl Ruby has always been somewhat … unique. Sara can’t quite put her finger on it, but Ruby’s never been like other children. When Sara tries to talk to her husband Mike about hit, he shrugs it off and says it’s nothing to worry about and that Ruby will catch up with others ‘when she’s ready’. But Sara can’t help worrying. Ruby doesn’t talk like other children do, and her temper tantrums have been known to reach epic proportions, about the smallest, most seemingly irrelevant things. She’s Ruby’s mom and she just knows that something’s not right.
When Sara and Mike move in with Mike’s mom Barbara things go from bad to worse. Barbara seems so judgemental. She’s always passing comments about Ruby’s behaviour and Sara feels like an inadequate parent even though she knows she’s doing her best. It doesn’t help when Mike goes AWOL. And then Ruby’s new school call her in to tell her that they have ‘concerns’ about Ruby’s behaviour that they think need to be looked into a bit further. They think there may be deeper reasons as to why she is the way she is.
This beautiful book deals with difficult issues, but does so sensitively and with huge empathy and a whole lot of heart. It looks at the many challenges that one encounters when one’s child doesn’t quite fit into the mainstream. And I’m not even talking about the obstacles faced by the bureaucracy and copious paperwork and appointments when having to make applications for a diagnosis, or medication, or a specific school. I’m talking about the perceptions of other parents (specifically moms!) and children … yes, those looks; those whispers … you know what I mean??!! It sends a very loud message that a little (read: a LOT) more understanding would go a LONG way!
I loved Sara! I loved the group of SEN moms she found (I was so bloody HAPPY for her!!) And eventually, I also warmed to Sara’s mother-in-law Barbara who has her own reasons for why she seems so cool to Sara and so critical of her mothering skills.
This is a touching 5-star read!
About the author:
Emma Robinson is the author of three novels about motherhood and female friendship including The Undercover Mother.
Her fourth novel – Where I Found You – is available to preorder now and will be released on the 16th August 2019.
When she is not writing, Emma is an English teacher and lives in Essex with a patient husband and two children who are an endless source of material.
Thank you to the fabulous people over at Bookouture for inviting me to on this Blog Tour! Look at what these lovely bloggers have to say about the book …