Three women fight for the chance to raise the child they’ve all come to love.
When Lilia Swallow’s husband, Graham, goes into remission after a challenging year of treatment for lymphoma, the home and lifestyle blogger throws a party. Their best friends and colleagues attend to celebrate his recovery, but just as the party is in full swing, a new guest arrives. She presents Lilia with a beautiful baby boy, and vanishes.
Toby is Graham’s darkest secret—his son, conceived in a moment of despair. Lilia is utterly unprepared for the betrayal the baby represents, and perhaps less so for the love she begins to feel once her shock subsides. Now this unasked-for, precious gift becomes a life-changer for three women: Lilia, who takes him into her home and heart; Marina, who bore and abandoned him until circumstance and grief changed her mind; and Ellen, who sees in him a chance to correct the mistakes she made with her own son, Toby’s father.
A custody battle begins, and each would-be mother must examine her heart, confront her choices and weigh her dreams against the fate of one vulnerable little boy. Each woman will redefine family, belonging and love—and the results will alter the course not only of their lives, but also the lives of everyone they care for.
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Powerful novel that holds your attention
The newest captivating novel from Emilie Richards draws you deeply into the lives of three women who want custody of a little boy. It’s an emotional read covering betrayal, illness, death, friendship, suppressed love, and inner strength. Each woman faces different circumstances and Richards was able to bring out my sympathy for each woman as the layers were uncovered. This is a wonderfully written novel. The Sparrow’s Nest is a novel that will you need to sit, relax, read and soak up the words. One of the best women’s fiction I have read in quite some time.
Emotional Custody Battle
This novel was one of my very favorites of all time. I took my time reading it and was able to absorb and enjoy this beautifully written story about an emotional custody battle between complex women. As their pasts are revealed, I was able to get inside the minds of the characters and understand the reasoning of each of them for wanting to raise Toby. Well-researched, as custody battles are heart wrenching in and of themselves, everything made sense as to what resulted in the end. The comparisons of swallows to parenting and the home and lifestyle column entitled The Swallows Nest added a lot to this novel. I loved it. [I received this book as a gift from the author, Emilie Richards.]