When you lose the love of your life, how do you find yourself again? 

For Tabitha, the day that changed everything started like any other. 

She woke up, slid her feet into fluffy slippers, wrapped herself in a dressing gown and tiptoed out of her bedroom, leaving her husband Andy sleeping. Downstairs, she boiled the kettle and enjoyed a cup of tea as the sun rose. 

Upstairs, Andy’s alarm sounded, and Tabitha took him a freshly brewed coffee, like every other morning. Except today, the incessant beeping rang out and her husband hadn’t stirred. She called his name, she nudged his shoulder. But Andy wouldn’t wake up.

Three years later Tabitha is trying her hardest to get by in the shadow of her grief. She may have lost the love of her life but she won’t give up on the family they dreamed of. Fostering troublesome teenage girls and a newborn baby is a chance to piece together her broken heart. 

But being a mother isn’t easy, and neither is healing the heartache she carries around. After losing everything, could saving these three children help Tabitha save herself too?

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Having not read anything by Catherine Miller before I was unaware of what I was in store. Well, I was blown away! This book had my full attention from the very start. It was very well written, full of raw emotion and I felt as if I was actually sitting there with Tabitha listening as she told me her story.

Despite the book beginning with the death of Tabitha’s husband I found it to be overall an uplifting and hopeful tale of rebuilding for the future following the shattering of dreams held close. The story moves between then – the death of Tabitha’s husband – and now – with Tabitha starting her fostering journey.

The author has dealt with the subject of fostering in a beautiful manner and shows that despite it being hard work there is also a rewarding feeling. I loved this aspect of the book having previously worked in a care home setting I could understand some of what kids go through whilst in care. This is very much a heart-wrenching story about overcoming grief and moving forwards.

I found this to be an inspiring read filled with heartwarming characters. Once I started reading I was spell-bound to read until the final page – just as if I was sitting having tea with Tabitha. Lovely!

My sincere thanks to BOOKOUTURE and NETGALLEY for the opportunity to read and review ‘THE DAY THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING’ by CATHERINE MILLER prior to publication date. 
All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway. All my reviews can be found on my blog momobookdiary . com


  • PUBLISHER: Bookouture
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 17 January 2020
  • LENGTH: 260 pages



Catherine Miller

When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren’t full enough so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with Carina UK. Her debut novel, Waiting For You, came out in March 2016. Catherine was a NHS physiotherapist, but for health reasons she retired early from this career. As she loved her physiotherapy job, she decided if she couldn’t do that she would pursue her writing dream. It took a few years and a couple of babies, but in 2015 she won the Katie Fforde bursary, was a finalist in the London Book Fair Write Stuff Competition and highly commended in Woman magazine’s writing competition. Since then she’s had four novels published.


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