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Not My Daughter

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  528 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Anna’s hands tense on Alice and she hesitates. In that endless pause, I see all I need to know. She doesn’t want to give Alice to me – not now, and not ever. And part of me doesn’t even blame her…

Milly always dreamed of being a mother. Adopted herself, she has always imagined a powerful intimate connection with a child of her own. So when she and her husband Matt are told
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Published May 2nd 2019 by Bookouture
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Debbie Oliphant
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emotional, thoughtful, full of feels story............bring your tissues.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free e-copy of Not My Daughter by Kate Hewitt from NetGalley for my honest review.

This is the first book I have read by Kate Hewitt. Amazing, emotional and heartfelt story.

Milly and Matthew are heartbroken when they find out that they they have fertility problems. Milly, who was adopted, has dreamed of having a child of her own. She talks to her best friend, Anna about the news. Anna then offers to donate her eggs so that Milly can have a child. She didn't even ask Anna, she just of
ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed A Mother's Goodbye by Kate Hewitt and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. Kate Hewitt came through once again, I was not disappointed. What I love about this book, and her other books as well, is the characters are so real and believable. Although I read it in one sitting, I didn't want the book to end because I felt like I really knew the characters in the book. Her writing style is engaging, but not too wordy, so it's easy to read and to follow.

In my opinion, you will
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kate Hewitt has been one of my favorite authors ever since I read A Mother’s Goodbye which was one of my top read books of 2018. Hewitt continued to blow me away with one of her next release, The Secrets We Keep and again another one of my top reads of the year. Never could I have imagined that Hewitt would ever top A Mother’s Goodbye, but I was so wrong. Not My Daughter is THE book of the year! Hewitt just continues to surprise me and surpass all of my expectations with each new release and is ...more
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My Rating: 4.5 Stars

It was a decision made out of friendship, kindness and love. However, when Anna offers the gift of a lifetime to her best friend Milly, and her husband, there was no way to imagine the heartbreak that would follow. Milly was adopted as a child, and her one dream was to become a mother herself. After having years of problems conceiving, and then receiving the worst news of all, Anna offers her egg and Milly's brother-in-law Jack contributed his sperm. Now, Milly can finally ha
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made me cry, my heart is all wrenched out, my emotions are so raw that even breathing feels like a friction burn. The story depicted a situation in life where everyone was right, and everything was so wrong too.

Milly couldn't have a child due to early menopause that devastated and nearly destroyed her and husband Matt. So her best friend Anna offered to donate her egg for IVF, and Matt's brother Jack decided to give his sperm. The embryo was implanted into Milly, and child Alice ensue
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I knew this wasn’t going to be an easy read when I picked it up. Not in the sense that it wouldn’t grip me as it did. I read it in one afternoon as it was so compelling. It is more in the sense that I knew that it was going to be emotional, and boy was it that.

The story alternates between Milly and Anna who have been close friends since they were children. I’m sure many of us would do anything for their best friend. Like Anna, I think if I could give my best friend the chance of motherhood, I wo
Pat Simpson
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Milly and Anna are close friends and when Milly discovers that she cannot have children she is devastated. Milly was adopted and has always wanted a family of her own, Anna has no hesitation in offering to donate her eggs and Milly’s brother in law the sperm. Milly doesn’t have an easy pregnancy and baby Alice is born prematurely by Caesarian section. Milly then suffers from post partnum depression and cannot bond with Alice. She turns to Anna for help in looking after Alice but when Milly feels ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a review does not need to be long. After reading this book I am gobsmacked, blown away and totally lost for words.

When (not if) you start this book, I am sure your will share my feelings and I suggest you keep the tissues handy.

My heart broke about a dozen times, but the author always found a way to mend it again.

In my opinion, this story deserves a thousand stars and more.

Thank you, Kate Hewitt, Bookouture and Netgalley.
Renita D'Silva
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this author's books and this one was just beautiful! An incredible, moving, heartfelt story that took me on an emotional journey alongside the characters. Love, in all its forms is explored so delicately and sensitively in this beautiful book. A story that makes you think, to care, to bleed, Amazing and very highly recommended.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Milly can't have children and its devastating to both her and her husband who only wanted to be parents,
so as a last ditch effort she decides to go the route of a surrogate, but where to start and who will she pick. Much to Milly's surprise, after hearing about what is happening, her best friend Anna, decides to step up and take on that major position for her. Thing's couldn't be better Milly gets the child she's always dreamed of and with her brother in law donating as well the child is almost
Debi Lantzer
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, bookouture
I loved the synopsis of this book, so when I saw it available on NetGalley and couldn't wait to ask Bookouture if I could read and review it and was pleased when I was approved.

The story behind Not My Daughter by Kate Hewitt is this:  Milly and Matthew are bummed when they discover they are having fertility problems. Because Milly was adopted, she has always dreamed of having a child of her own. As Milly is talking with her best friend, Anna about the news, without being asked at all, Anna offer
Connie Fischer
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Milly, age 34, and her husband, Matt, have long been trying to have a baby. The doctor now tells them that Milly has a type of premature menopause which eliminates any hope of her conceiving. Heartbroken by the news, she knows that although being adopted herself, she just does not want to adopt a child, but wants to bear her own.

Anna is Milly’s best friend and has been Milly’s support through her long struggle to get pregnant. They have been friends for many years and for that reason, Anna offer
I’ve read books by this author before and they have all been powerful and emotional reads, and this one was no exception! Millie and Matt are unable to have children of their own but when Millie’s best friend and Matt’s brother offer themselves as donors so Millie can have her own child, their dream of being parents may finally become a reality.

Just by reading the description I knew this was going to be a bit of a weepy! The story grips you from the beginning and you get into the hearts of the c
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, the second part of this title alone warned me, so I knew it was coming, yet I still cried. It definitely is a tear-jerker. Actually, it’s not. It’s a lot more dramatic than a tear-jerker, it is a down and out sobbing worthy story. I became emotionally attached to these characters early on and I felt their emotions throughout their journey; I felt elation, sadness, grief, anguish, excitement, hope, confusion, hurt, anger, depression, love. Then I felt all of them all over again. Not My Daugh ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Milly and Matthew learn that they have fertility problems after trying so hard to create a baby of their own. Their dreams flounder and die and they are heartbroken. Milly was adopted and had always wanted a child of her own child and the strong bond of natural motherhood. Her dreams are totally shattered. Speaking to Anna, her best friend since childhood, she tells the sad news. It is a much needed release for Milly because she knows Anna will always be there for her. She is absolutely dumbstru ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Milly was made to be a mother. She has dreamed of it for years, and so she and her husband Matt are told that fertility problems have put an end to that dream she is heartbroken. Until Anna steps in.

Anna and Milly have been friends since childhood. Nothing could tear them apart. And so when Anna offers to donate her eggs (fertilised by Matt's brother Jack), of course they accept. They dream of raising their child as a huge extended family, surrounded by those who love her. But they have no idea
Diana Gitau
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I know motherhood is described as an amazing life- changing, experience.Watching other mothers makes it seem so natural, kinda easy. Like there is special gift that all women are born with which makes motherhood sort of natural. Nothing about it is easy. In the past few years, I have come to realize that it’s not easy to conceive, it’s not easy to carry a pregnancy to full term, safe delivery is never guaranteed and motherhood doesn’t simply occur. This book reminded me of all these issues. Thro ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
TRIGGER WARNING: this book deals with infertility, adoption, IVF and child illness
I hope there were not too many spoilers in the above warning and that it won’t put you off reading this book.
Not My Daughter is devastating but also beautiful.
Milly has grown up knowing she is adopted and it has shaped her whole identitiy. She has her own fertility problems and is told she will never carry a biological child. Her best friend Anna immediately offers to donate an egg so that Milly can realise her dre
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-x
**Warning.............Warning..........Have a box of tissues handing when you read this wonderful book. **

Not My Daughter by Kate Hewitt.......OMG was so beautifully written throughout, especially as I've been there and I can't have children. Kate touched this subject with great care, understanding and so much though throughout.

Milly's dream and so many other woman's dream, is to have children and becoming a mother. When Milly and her husband Matt are told they can’t have children, her dreams a
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. I think I would give it 2.5 stars. It wasn't my favorite book. I think it was the characters. I didn't love them and never felt like I really knew them. Milly and Anna's friendship seemed one-sided. Everything was always about Milly. Anna could have spoken up. She decided to keep what happened to her a secret from Milly, although she found it easy to share it with two men she hardly knew. Matt and Milly pretty much dumped their newborn baby on their friend. ...more
Eloise Robbertze
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Not My Daughter by Kate Hewitt is a tragic, aching, emotional journey of love, discovery, heartache, forgiveness and hope. I couldn’t put it down and I didn’t want their story to end. I LOVED IT!

Matt, Milly, Anna and then Alice were such well developed characters, I felt as if they were part of my family. I laughed with them, I cried with them, I ached when their hearts were breaking. I became so emotionally invested in their lives that I suffered the same anguish, and joy, they did.

The novel e
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Milly has been trying for a baby and receives devastating news that she can’t have one of her own. She really wanted to have a child of her own because she is adopted. She wants to feel a connection to her own blood. Her best friend Anna offers to help by donating her eggs so Milly can carry the baby. They consider all the options and decide this is the best one. Milly and Anna stay close during the pregnancy but even then Anna starts to wonder the full impact of what she offered. Milly has a tr ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my- this book really packs an emotional punch. Two days after finishing it I still can't quite get it out of my head!

Milly has always wanted to have a baby. Being adopted, she longed to have a physical connection to her child. It was devastating when she was told it wasn't going to happen as she was going through an early menopause.IVF with a donated egg was the only way she might bear a child.

Anna is Milly's best friend. They have shared a lot of their lives so it seems logical for Anna to p
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With Not My Daughter should come with a box of tissues. Kate Hewitt has written a gut-wrenching story of a mother’s love, friendship and the difficult decisions that life often forces us to make. Anyone who made youthful choices that are now haunting regrets will identify with Anna. Anyone who has ever loved a child will identify with them all.
For anyone with fertility issues the plot is not out of reach. It is both believable and plausible which make the ramifications that these people faced e
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
In a very basic understatement, this was an amazing book.

It's an emotional depiction of parenthood, family, friendship, love, life, and loss. This heart-wrenching novel explores raw struggles and the sacrifices we make for those we love. In an emotionally charged presentation, Hewitt challenges the reader as relationships are tested and decisions are made as a longed-for, much-loved child faces a terrible diagnosis.

Tears streamed down my face as I read the final chapter. As I put my reader down,
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion of it. Anna and Milly have been best friends and inseparable since grade school. Milly receives devastating news at the age of 34 that she will never be able to conceive a baby. This comes after years of trying through specialists, keeping track of her cycles and many more. Her options are surrogacy or adoption. Milly was adopted as a baby and has no desire to go that route as she was never able to be in contac ...more
gwendalyn _books_
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not my Daughter
Kate Hewitt
An amazing and gut wrenching emotional story from Kate Hewitt
Milly longing for a child of her own is faced with the future that her and her husband Matt, might not get the chance to be parents. Matt’s brother Jack and Anna, offer to be donors .
This is a gripping story of tragedy and so powerful. An unforgettable and thought provoking story, I have ever read. Exceptional character building and
Stephanie R.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has so many raw emotions. It’s about friendship and a mother’s love for her child. Milly is unable to have any kids on her own so her best friend, Anna, volunteers to be an egg donor.

Told in dual perspectives between the two friends the author doesn’t hold back when it comes to talking about postpartum depression. There are some very realistic problems brought up in the book. Is Anna her “mother” too? Can she help raise the child she helped create?

I enjoyed reading this story but I w
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kate Hewitt has gone and done it again. After reading A Mother’s Goodbye, I really didn’t think she could make me cry like that again. Then I read Not My Daughter, and the tears flowed again.

The story is told from the views of Milly and Anna in alternating chapters. Milly learns she has early onset of menopause making it impossible for her to get pregnant and build the family she has always wanted with her husband, Matt. Knowing that is all Milly wants, Anna does what she feels necessary to make
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Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of many books of women's fiction. Her latest releases are A Vicarage Homecoming and Not My Daughter. Under the name Katharine Swartz, she is the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell.

She likes to read women's fiction, mystery and thrillers, as well as historical novels. She particularly enjoys re