Hoping for Hope, by Lucy Clare

A married woman has a brief affair, but a couple of months after it finishes she realises she's six months pregnant. For one reason or another she is unable to tell her husband before he informs her that he's had an affair and needs some space to think things through. She's not told her close family, so decides to spend some time in the country with her aunts. The baby is born premature, and she then has to face her husband and grown-up children, all of whom have their own ideas about what should happen to Hope, the baby.

OK ish but a bit implausible: hard to believe she'd get that far through a pregnancy without knowing, and without anyone else realising; hard to believe she could conceal it from everyone until the baby is born. I think there was potential here for it to be interesting: each of her three grown-up children has their own agenda and back-story, but none of them was really gripping.

Wouldn't bother with any more by this author.

Completed : 24-Jan-2008 (audiobook)

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