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The Mother's Promise

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  15,447 ratings  ·  1,784 reviews
A new poignant and breathtaking novel from the author of The Things We Keep and The Secrets of Midwives.

With every book, Sally Hepworth becomes more and more known for her searing emotional portraits of families—and the things that test their bonds. In The Mother’s Promise, she delivers her most powerful novel yet: the story of a single mother who is dying, the troubled te
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Sally Hepworth
Apr 22, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Dear Reader,

A couple of years ago, my brother and his wife were headed away on a vacation without their two-year old daughter. A few days before they left, at a family dinner, my brother asked me if I would be my niece's guardian if anything should happen to them while they were gone. A few years earlier, I’d asked same of my brother and his wife for my own children, so the request was no surprise to me. I was surprised, however, when my other brother suddenly piped up.

“What did you ask Sally fo
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is the first novel of Sally Hepworth's that I have read. I absolutely loved it, and now I want to read everything she has written or ever will write.

As soon as I read the description of this book I knew I was likely going to be an emotional mess while reading it. Oh and I was right. But while it was emotional and I definitely ugly cried, it's a book that I won't ever forget. Maybe part of it is because of my own circums
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I discovered this book on Audible and had a free credit, so I added it. This is the first book I've read by Sally Hepworth. I normally like books like this as they sort of remind me of Lifetime movies. I knew it was going to be an emotional ride after reading the blurb.

The book starts out with Alice, a mom of a teenage daughter named Zoe. Zoe has social anxiety disorder and up until this mom
Elyse Walters
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books with many 'hot-topics' to discuss.
Perhaps a 'women's book- group would be best. I'm sure a few 'men' might take to this novel....but my husband wouldn't be one of them. He wonders why I read it.

Gotta call a spade a spade: This is definitely 'Women's Fiction'.

It seems Cancer is not interesting 'enough' any longer in which to build a story. The more physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual struggles that can be added to the storyline - the greater possibility there
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4 Stars.
Is it possible to rely solely on someone else and have it be to both of your detriments? Even if you have the tightest bond imaginable and can't imagine hurting the other? What if, in relying solely on each other, you end up enabling each other's behaviors and realize it a little to late to pick up the pieces?

In A Mother's Promise by Sally Hepworth, Alice Stanhope and her fifteen year old daughter, Zoe, are thick as thieves, the best of friends, loners. Alice successfully runs her own bu
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
4+ of 5 stars to Sally Hepworth's The Mother's Promise, a touching story that will give you a tremendous amount to consider. I received this ARC from St. Martin's Press as a giveaway through Goodreads, choosing it because it had a gripping summary and a similar sentiment as the book I'd recently written. It definitely was worth the read: a ride through your emotions with several eye-opening questions to ponder.

Alice and her 15-year-old daughter, Zoe, have lived on their own in Californi
 Li'l Owl
Beautifully written. A heart-breaking and heart-warming story of the inconceivable courage it takes for a mother to face death and for a daughter who must face life.

Zoe hated being alone by herself, even during the day. It was one of the ironies of social anxiety disorder. Zoe didn't like being by herself; in fact, she wanted nothing more than to be with people and in places surrounded by chatter and noise. Problem was, when she was in that kind of situation, she became so caught up in what ever
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Sally Hepworth, and I was instantly struck by her character development. The characters were the center of this book, and each had a life struggle to battle. There were a number of issues tying these sympathetic women together, and isn't that how life is? I can't think of a friend who isn't going through "something" currently. It's life, and it's very real. One question mark for me was that I wasn't so sure about a direction the book took towards the end. It became a li ...more
Cathrine ☯️
A single mother with a life threatening illness and no support community of family or friends is at the heart of this story. Where does she, or any person so alone turn for help? A real life event was the author’s inspiration for choosing this topic. Children or not, I believe this is going to be more of an issue for society in the years ahead and was interested to see where her writing would take it.

This is a very easy, comfortable read about problems that are not. Because each of the four ch
Karen R
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Single mom Alice Stanhope is dying of ovarian cancer. She is raising teenage daughter, Zoe, a girl with a debilitating and chronic anxiety disorder. After Alice receives her grim medical diagnosis, she is forced to make plans for Zoe’s future without her. An emotional and difficult task as Alice never had a support system, no family other than an unreliable alcoholic brother.

Enter the caregivers and school friends who become a godsend in Alice’s and Zoe’s lives as Alice grows more incapacitated
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

A mother's love is constant no matter what, and Alice definitely has a mother's never-ending love for her daughter Zoe.

Alice and Zoe are close and even closer than a mother and daughter normally are because Alice does not have a husband or any family, and obviously Zoe has no father.

Zoe ​along with the absence of family and friends ​has a social anxiety disorder​ that causes more worry for Alice and deeply affects Zoe. When Alice finds out she has ovarian cancer, the exact cancer that caused her
Jul 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-4
This work of women’s fiction was so beautifully written. Alice is a single mother to teenager Zoe, who suffers from severe anxiety. She has no support system, only an alcoholic brother who cannot care for himself, much less anyone else. When Alice learns she has late-stage ovarian cancer, and will need support through treatment, she is aided by Kate, a nurse at the hospital who allows Zoe to stay with her and her family, and Sonia, the social worker assigned to her. Both Kate and Sonia are deali ...more
ReadAlongWithSue [Catching-Up]
A very poignant story that touches your heartstrings.

Alice is 40 and lives with her daughter Zoe. Zoe isn’t good socially and suffers with Social Anxiety Disorder which can be very disabling not only for her but her mom who takes care of her.

Alice of course takes care of her daughter. She’s her world.

Then Alice gets ill. Seriously ill.

Anxiety, social inhibitor, her illness is real. And in reality people with this mental health condition overthink things, fret anxiously and repeat themselves. It
Katie B
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This is the second book I have read by the author and once again she incorporates some heavy topics into the story that might make you feel uncomfortable at times but by the end you find it to be a really good reading experience. I might have had a few problems with certain aspects but overall I really enjoyed this one.

Alice Stanhope is a single mother living with her teenage daughter, Zoe, in California. Zoe struggles with social anxiety and really only feels comfortable around her mot
Susan Peterson
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Mother's Promise touches on so many of our fears and emotions; fear of being alone, fear of leaving those we love and fear of being left behind. For 15 years, Alice had raised her daughter, Zoe, almost exclusively on her own. When Alice gets sick, she comes to the sad conclusion that she has nobody to depend on, nobody to step in and help with her daughter. Zoe suffers from social anxiety to the extent that, when her mother is hospitalized, she is almost crippled by the fear of having to liv ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You know, if Sally Hepworth continues to write like this, I could probably write a heartfelt review about my own experiences every single time. I told myself that I would actually write about the book in my review this time around.

I lied.
"Happiness was something you shared, chatted about, asked after. Suffering was something that you had to do behind closed doors, in silence, all alone."

It is quite possible that I fell in love with The Mother’s Promise even more than I did with The Things W
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars
Sally Hepworth is one of those authors that I just adore. I keep coming back for more! I have read and loved both Hepworth’s previous novels, The Secrets of Midwives and The Things We Keep. I know tissues are always an essential accompaniment to Hepworth’s novels, but it is worth the emotional strain! This time around Hepworth presents her readers with an intense story, centered on the lives of four different women, who are thrown together through t
Laura Rash  Wonderchick
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book had such an interwoven cast of characters in a story so heartwarming & heartbreaking that it will stay with you long after you finish it. It made me question how many of us have someone to depend on in time of need, what defines family & how much you can open your heart to another person.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing

There's also a giveaway (ending 2/26)!
Bill Kupersmith
If Sophie Hannah or Sharon Bolton has left you feeling like an idiot, this is your book. Everything you anticipate happens at the end exactly as you expect. It is the dullest & most predictable book I have read (sort of) in years. At halfway I couldn't bear the plodding pace & jumped to the final chapters (this book has James Patterson sized chapters for easy reading) & it ended just as I'd figured when still at the middle. Only the identity of Zoe's biological father was news, & that because I ...more
Judy Collins
Master storyteller, Sally Hepworth returns following The Things We Keep (2016) landing on my Top Books of 2016 and Secrets of Midwives (2015) all 5 stars, with an unforgettable story of courage, THE MOTHER'S PROMISE.

Richly told. Memorable and poignant. An emotionally-charged portrayal of motherhood friendship, and love — in the midst of tragedy. Hepworth digs deeply into the ties of love, between both family and strangers. Mixed with humor, the author knows how to grab you by the heartstr
Aug 07, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2022
This is my third book by Sally Hepworth and I'm really enjoying how she writes about difficult issues in an extremely easy-reading style. In The Mother's Promise we meet Alice a single mom who's just been diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. Although this is bad enough, she is also a single mom to Zoe - a teenager suffering from severe social anxiety - and has no support structure. Some of the other topics included in this novel are rape, domestic violence and infertility.

I realize that this
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
A single mother is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, terrible news for anyone. It's especially tough for Alice who has a teen-age daughter, Zoe, who has a social anxiety disorder. She has also literally no one to rely on. She has no family or friends as she has cut herself off from everyone. Alice was a difficult character for me to like and I think she is responsible for Zoe's disorder even thought the doctors say she isn't.

The cancer journey is very realistically documented. As a cancer survivor
Gloria Arthur (Ms. G's Bookshelf)
⭐️5 Stars⭐️
The Mother's Promise by Sally Hepworth is a hugely compelling story, it’s beautifully and tenderly written. I loved the characters, especially Zoe and her journey.

What do you do in life when an agonising health crisis arises and you have no support network that you can rely on? I shudder to think!

Four women are thrown together when single mother Alice Stanhope is diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. Alice has no real friends, her parents have passed away and her only family is her alcoholic
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great women's fiction! I highly recommend this touching story of a Momma who gets diagnosed with cancer, and her teenage daughter who suffers from anxiety disorder. Their lives are touched by a nurse and a social worker who come to their aide.
Sally Hepworth is an author I've become a fan of. Can't wait to read her future novels!
Kathryn in FL
This is a highly engaging story by the talented Sally Hepworth. Hepworth writes exceptional dramas that are both plot and character driven. Her character's are well drawn and we learn about them through their actions and reactions. The issues addressed are very likely to exist in the present day for the reader or someone she knows. These are the struggles and challenges women face in their relationships, their health and their life as a whole. The situations are not easily dismissed or a matter ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction
As the book opens, Alice Stanhope has just found out she has ovarian cancer. She is the mother of a 15 year-old daughter, Zoe, who is her best friend and together, they are pretty much loners. Zoe suffers from extreme social anxiety and finds going anywhere without Alice a terrifying experience, so they spend all their free time at home together, but all that changes with Alice's illness.

We meet a few other characters with their own storylines, and their own struggles. Their lives intersect with
Vanessa S.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I won a copy of The Mother's Promise in a Goodreads giveaway.

This is the first work of Sally Hepworth's that I have read (I have The Things We Keep but haven't read it yet), and now I am making it a goal to read everything of hers. So many issues were tackled in this novel, making it all the more heart wrenching and achingly real.

There was a great cast of female characters, and each one faced a life-altering situation, and their stories were interwoven so beautifully. I'm not one to normally c
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Secrets of the Midwives by Sally, and was not disappointed in her latest offering. Such a powerful story about people who all have issues to deal with. So many situations were dealt with in this book, social phobia, infertility, abuse, alcoholism, terminal illness, first love - wow, and all handled with the utmost care and consideration by the author. Sally has a wonderful way of expressing her characters and this book had me turning pages constantly. One left of hers to read and I a ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All their lives, Alice Stanhope and her daughter, Zoe, have been a family of two, living quietly in Northern California. Zoe has always struggled with crippling social anxiety and her mother has been her constant and fierce protector. With no family to speak of, and the identity of Zoe’s father shrouded in mystery, their team of two works—until it doesn’t. Until Alice gets sick and needs to fight for her life.

Desperate to find stability for Zoe, Alice reaches out to two women who are practicall
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Sally Hepworth is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels.

Sally's books have been heralded “enchanting” by The Herald Sun, “smart and engaging” by Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Giffin have praised Sally’s novels as “women’s fiction at its finest” and “totally absorbing”.

Sally's novels are available worldwide in English and have b

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