A heartbreaking family drama with a stunning twist



When you see them, they are so happy, so in love.

He’s holding the door open for her, she’s clearly expecting a baby.

You think: she has everything I don’t. Everything I ever dreamed of…

There’s room in her house where Shelley has shut away a heartbreakingly-soft, never-used baby blanket. In a box, under a bed, behind a door that she never opens. If it’s there, she can forget about it. Just like she has her memories. Of a marriage that hadn’t been perfect. Of a life that didn’t go the way she had hoped.

Every day she acts like everything is normal. Going to work and following a routine helps her pretend the bad stuff never happened. Until one day, everything changes.

She sees the couple moving in next door, laughing sweetly as they walk up the path to their new home. The woman is pregnant. It’s like she has everything that Shelley has lost. But when Shelley properly meets Lara, she soon discovers Lara is actually carrying a heartache to match her own.

As her friendship with Lara deepens, Shelley starts to wonder what might happen if she opens the box she’s hidden away, with the tiny, beautiful blanket in it. Will the secrets from her past – about what she lost, what she’s hiding from, and what she has been doing her best to forget – destroy her? Or will opening it up finally give her a change to live again.


I enjoyed this book however it was not quite the story I expected from the title or cover. I found the story to be heart-wrenching at times as it deals with very real emotional events and gave the feeling of an emotional roller-coaster at times.

The main characters, Shelley and Lara, became very real quite quickly inside my head and the author gives clues that there are secrets hidden below the surface. As they become friends it is clear each one is shielding themselves from secrets of the past that they are not ready to share.

The author cleverly hints but never gives too much away throughout the book keeping the reader on edge, hoping the next chapter will bring answers. The author also writes about real issues in an lovely sensitive manner which makes this a beautifully written story of real people and real fears. Be prepared for all emotions, happy, sad, tears and laughs. It is a strong story of friendship and support.

I highly recommend this book and the author, Emma Robinson, and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

This review is published today as part of the Bookouture Anonymous! book blog tour.

My sincere thanks to BOOKOUTURE and NETGALLEY for the opportunity to read and review ‘THE FORGOTTEN WIFE’ by EMMA ROBINSON 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


  • TITLE: The Forgotten Wife
  • AUTHOR: Emma Robinson
  • PUBLISHER: Bookouture
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 27 January 2020
  • LENGTH: 296 pages



Emma Robinson

Emma Robinson is the author of five novels about motherhood and female friendship including The Undercover Mother. This is her fifth novel – The Forgotten Wife – published 27 January 2020.

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.



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