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The Daughter's Promise

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Family is everything to Willa. Adopted at birth, her loving husband and son are her safe haven, and the ones she has clung to while numbed by the pain of a recent loss. When a letter arrives, it opens a path for Willa to re-engage with life: she has inherited a house halfway across the world, in a town she’s never heard of, from a woman she doesn’t know. Her only guess is ...more
Kindle Edition, 333 pages
Published January 8th 2020 by Bookouture
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT:...he said, 'I was thinking about the house in Tasmania.'

'Me too,' she said.

'I was thinking about who the woman might be.'

Willa could hear the hint of forced cheer in his voice.

'Yes, me too.'

'I...I know you won't want to hear this, but I think there's only one person who it can be,' said Hugo. He turned and looked at her, and Willa looked back. She could see his love, his open trusting heart, but beneath all that she could see a hint of fear, and she almost couldn't bear it.

He squeezed
ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am so glad I joined Netgalley last year as I have found some new authors to love and some books that are true gems. And now I can add The Daughter's Promise and Sarah Clutton to the list.

The book alternates between Willa's current storyline and flashes back to Annabelle's past as a teenager. As usual I preferred the historical timeline for Annabelle but Willa's story was great too. In addition to finding out about Annabelle's past there is also a mystery surrounding who Willa's birth mother
Renita D'Silva
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely beautiful. I just loved this amazing book. Heart breaking and Heart warming. A thought provoking and powerful story of love, loss, forgiveness and how to keep on living after the worst has happened. Just beautiful. One of my favourite reads of 2019!
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG! OMG! OMG! What a marvelously brilliant book. I don’t want to write a review. I just want to bask in the warmth of the story. Secrets and deaths, lies and misconceptions of past and present, intertwined in the lives of three women Willa, Annabelle, and Sylvia. But binding them all was LOVE and FORGIVENESS.

Willa was bequeathed a property in Tasmania by Lillian. Sisters Annabelle and Sylvia were her neighbors. Dan was husband to Annabelle. Secrets ruled their lives. Arrival of Willa caused
Karen Kay
I received this from for a review.

"Two years after a family tragedy, and still consumed by her grief, Willa receives a strange letter from halfway across the globe. She has inherited a house in Australia."

This one falls directly into chick lit and cozy mysteries which is not a favorite choice of genres. An okay and quick read if you like this kind of book.

Robin Loves Reading
Willa is about to take a tip trip. Why did she receive a house in an inheritance, and in Sisters Cove in Australia? She doesn't even know who sent the letter. The mere thought of all of this induces her ever present anxiety. Will her husband and son be okay while she is gone? Will this trip allow her to continue to cope with the grief of losing her daughter two years ago?

Despite the fact that the house is actually falling apart, Willa is in awe. One person she meets upon arrival is Annabelle,
Sarah Clutton writes a hugely engrossing and entertaining novel awash with betrayals, harboured secrets and lies. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed her previous novel, Good Little Liars, I grabbed the opportunity to read this one, The Daughter's Promise, with both hands. I am so pleased I did as there were no disappointments here!

Family is everything to Willa. Adopted at birth, her loving husband and son are her safe haven, and the ones she has clung to while numbed by the pain
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After I really enjoyed Sarah Clutton’s first book, Good Little Liars, I was eagerly anticipating diving into her second, The Daughter’s Promise.

The story has an intriguing premise: Willa is a woman who lives in the UK, she is stuck in limbo after her family suffered a devastating loss two years before, when she inherits an old chapel, on the other side of the world, from a woman she has never heard of. The mystery takes her to Tasmania and the picturesque Sisters Cove. Her arrival stirs up lots
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the beginning the author introduces the reader to a whole group of characters. You might think this would be confusing because you have to remember who is who, but she also took the time to make clear who belongs where. You have no trouble at all to place them.

This story is a mixture of a lot of things. There is suspense, tragedy and love. Family bonds can be as strong as steel, but when you jump to conclusions even those can break and mending something that has been broken is easier said
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book!!! I loved everything about it- the characters, story and writing style. I was sad when it ended. I wanted to know what was going on with Willa and Annabelle. I loved reading about the woman. There was a bit of mystery to the story, plus everyone was hiding secrets that would eventually be revealed. Who were Willa's parents? Willa thought she might have figured it out when she inherited a house from a woman she didn't know. Traveling to Tasmania was the best thing for Willa. It ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a fantastic read. This was such a great book with relatable people. Heartache, romance and mystery keep you on the edge of your seat. The author grabs your attention at page one and keeps it all the way to the end. This is such a page turner that you can’t put down. If you haven’t discovered Sarah Clutton, I highly suggest you read this book, and I assure you that she will be one of your new favorite authors!!
Rachel Brinksman
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Emotional and engaging!

This beautiful saga about life, choices, love and time spans continents linking Wila in Oxford and Anna and Tasmania. Their lives inextricably linked by a horrifying past and an unexpected will in the form of a letter!

The character's are beautifully thought out and although the book does have a conclusion I would definitely be up for a second book of it happened.

Well worth a read
Carolyn Verhage
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Great Story Set in Tasmania (Down Under)

What a great novel about an extended family finding their way through life, loss, love , tragedy and eventual recovery.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. Intriguing and suspenseful...I couldn’t put it down!
Elaine Binder
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this book. You felt that you got to know the characters during the story. but still were left wondering about certain aspects of their lives. A good story from beginning to end
Samantha C
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not only fun to read and engaging but really well written. The characters resonated because they are so real - you will both love and despise them - but you come to understand them. The novel gripped me because of the mystery but mainly because I was drawn in by the writing. I strongly recommend
Jessica Macaulay
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This deeply evocative read will take hold of your heartstrings and lead you on a slow burn journey of loss, grief, trauma, recovery, and incredible resilience and discovery. Grab the tissues, your favourite cozy blanket, and a bottle of wine because this oneneeds to be read in a single sitting.

This is not the kind of book that is filled with seat gripping action scenes and swoon worthy romances, if you want to be thrilled into adrenaline overload look elsewhere. What The Daughter's Promise
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Daughter’s Promise by Sarah Clutton. 4* Willa has come from Australia with her son and husband to live in Oxford after suffering a personal tragedy. Early in the novel, Willa receives a letter informing her that she has inherited a house in Tasmania, Australia, from Lillian, a woman she’s never heard of. Intrigued, Willa travels around the world to see the house, which she is immediately captivated by.

Willa was adopted and begins to suspect that Lilian may have been her biological mother.
Barbara Rohde
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Willa is originally from Australia but now lives in London with her husband and son. One day she receives a letter informing her that she has been left a property at Sisters Cove in Tasmania by a woman whose name she does not recognise. After some deliberation she decides to go to Sisters Cove to sort out this mystery.

Once she arrives she soon meets the next door neighbour to her property Annabelle. Annabelle's husband Dan really wants to buy the property that Willa has inherited. Willa is also
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-mystery
All is not as it appears

Willa lives with her son and husband in Oxford. Two years ago her daughter passed away and she is still grieving. One day a latter comes from Australia from a lawyer's office telling her that someone she never met has left her a house in Sister's Cove Australia.

She goes to Australia and falls in love with the little chapel house that Lillian left her. She thinks that Lillian could possibly be her birth mother as she grew up in an orphanage in Australia. She meet
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-2019
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
This one took me awhile to get into, but I found myself drawn to the character of Annabelle and wanted to know what happened to her. When her longtime friend and neighbor dies and leaves her home to a seemingly random stranger, the whole Australian town of Tasmania is confused and anxious. Will this stranger sell to a developer, ruining their small-town community?
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This was one of those books where I wanted to love it, but ended up just liking it. I loved the mystery element of the plot, but it did feel a bit predictable in the sense that it was clear from quite early on how the three women were tied together.

One issue I did have was with some of the language used. On literally the second page of the book, Willa makes a comment about her 6’2 son, and how ‘she should be happy he wasn’t a midget’. Discriminatory language such as this really should not have
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
The description of this book reminded me of the gothic novels that were popular in the 1970's, only the book is is set in contemporary Australia. The plot centers around a British woman named Willa, who inherits a house in Tasmania from a woman she's never met--or has she? [cue scary music]. Willa is searching for a new beginning after the death of her daughter, so she goes to the town of Sister's Cove, where she encounters a cast of mysterious characters.

In her quest for the truth, Willa
Olivia L
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Annabelle will break your heart.

Personally, when I dub the male antagonist a 'schmuck' it signifies a flawed character that still has the capability of redeeming himself. I can't bestow that honor onto Dan. He was not flawed—he was a bastard. I don't believe that he suffered nearly enough. At first I sympathized with Sylvia for being caught between a rock and a hard place, but after all of the secrets and truths were revealed, she deserved nothing—especially Anabelle's love and devotion. She
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those book that makes you feel send when you read the last page.
I loved this story, engrossing and entertaining, and loved Annabelle, Willa, Sylvia, and Indigo.
It's a gripping and engrossing story, heart warming and heart wrenching at the same time.
I was hooked since the first pages and turn pages as fast as I could because I wanted to know what what going to happen and delve into the character's stories.
There's a lot of character development and there's an interesting path to
Roxx Tarantini
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
When I read the blurb for this novel, I was intrigued by the storyline premise. Lots of potential here for a gripping page turner. The story itself is that. Intrigue, secrets long hidden, and truths that are maybe years too late in arriving. Lots of twists and turns, and unexpected happenings. As well as an ending that surprised me. For this alone, I can recommend the book.

However, I found most of the main characters hard to like. It gets better once you're past the preliminaries, but they
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Since I failed to get this read until after the publication date (and there are plenty of other more in depth reviews floating around now), I'll make this one brief. The Daughter's Promise was an interesting story that kept me guessing longer than most, but it wasn't something that will be particularly memorable. I normally really like a book that's told from multiple points of view, but something about this one made it a little hard for me to connect with the characters, especially initially. ...more
Pam Robertson
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great read to start the new year. It is poignant and emotional but never depressing. Written over two timelines, in the 1970's and present day, we follow the story through the eyes of three women: Sylvia, Annabelle and Willa. Willa finds herself facing issues over her early adoption and there is much to say about the mother/ daughter bond and the pull of past secrets on the present.

I was kept guessing throughout as parts of the past gradually became clearer. It was Willa's story
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story was told from several viewpoints - Willa's, Sylvia's and Annabelle's - and with oodles of drama and an ominous vibe. It gripped right from the start, I was totally caught up in the drama of it all. There was interesting tension between the sisters, Annabelle and Sylvia which held a few surprises. You will laugh, cry, and root for Annabelle and Willa. I felt like with Annabelle, she was a character I could finally relate to. She wasn't the usual gorgeous and skinny heroine - she had ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This is about Willa who inherits a house from someone she doesn't know. She travels to Tasmania to found out more. I enjoyed this book. Not everything is what it seems. There are so many secrets...maybe a bit too many if you ask me. The book has got several unexpected twists. I like the characters, especially Willa. There were some characters that annoyed me, like Annabelle and Dan. After a while Annabelle grew on me. I just had to get to know her better. This was the first time I read something ...more
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Sarah Clutton is an Australian author and former lawyer who writes suspense novels packed with drama and nuanced characters. Having majored in psychology in her original degree, Sarah is fascinated by people. How does the past shape us? Can we can learn empathy? What determines the outcomes when moral and legal boundaries collide?

Sarah's work earned her the Dymocks/Fiona McIntosh Commercial