As far as Maren is concerned, life is perfect and it’s just about to get better. On the cusp of her fortieth birthday and with her only child almost grown, it's time to start putting herself and her marriage first. But when the butterflies in her tummy turn out to be morning sickness, Maren’s world is flipped upside down with an unplanned, high risk pregnancy—one she's ashamed to admit is unwanted.
Overnight, everything changes and the ripple effect of the baby she's so unsure of is felt in every corner of her life. Her perfect life slowly disappears. Her teenage daughter looks for attention in the wrong places. Her best friend inexplicably blows up and stops speaking to her. And worse, her once doting husband pulls away when she needs him the most.
Just when she's sure things couldn't possibly be worse, a shocking discovery rocks Maren's world. Faced with a devastating deception, a truth she can no longer ignore, and an impossible choice, can Maren stop her life from completely unraveling? Or is All We Never Knew too much for love to overcome?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In Elena Aitken’s amazing novel, a strong heroine faces down a personal crisis with a realistic mix of emotions that we felt right down to our bones. Maren has a life anybody might envy—a loving husband and almost-grown daughter, a job she loves, and a supportive best friend. But the day after her 40th birthday, Maren gets one heck of a surprise, in the form of a nasty bout of morning sickness. We felt shell-shocked right alongside Maren as the prospect of a later-in-life pregnancy upends all of her plans and sends her closest relationships into a tailspin. Written with incredible empathy, All We Never Knew is a heartbreakingly relatable story of sorrow and resilience. It reminds us that when our world crumbles, we get a chance to build something even better.
Not Elena’s usual but still very engaging. I had to keep reading because I wanted to know what happened next. The end kept me wanting more.
Good read, many dilemmas and human emotions. Very surprising at times too.
I enjoyed reading it. Well done Elena Aitken.
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All We Never Knew
This was the best read. I could not put it down. The loss and betrayal was heart breaking. There should be a sequel to this.
Little different but good!
Well, this certainly was a different kind of book coming from Elena but it was very well written. It is a tearjerker at times for all of the characters. Maren is married the love of her life Davis. Their daughter Riley just turns 16 and Maren feels her life is complete with her new job and her best friend Sabrina finally becoming pregnant at 40. The twists and turns had me hoping for one ending and then I’d go the next direction. It was so sad at times but there is not always a happily ever after in real life. Can’t say any more because I don’t want to spoil the ending!!