From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes a story that asks: what would you risk for a shot at happiness?
1984. Bessie is a confident sixteen-year-old girl with the world at her feet, dreaming of what life will bring and what she’ll bring to this life. Then everything comes crashing down. Her bright and trusting smile is lost, banished by shame―and a secret she’ll carry with her for the rest of her life.
2021. The last thirty-seven years have not been easy for Bess. At fifty-three she is visibly weary, and her marriage to Mario is in tatters. Watching her son in newlywed bliss―the hope, the trust, the joy―Bess knows it is time to face her own demons, and try to save her relationship. But she’ll have to throw off the burden of shame if she is to honour that sixteen-year-old girl whose dreams lie frozen in time.
Can Bess face her past, finally come clean to Mario, and claim the love she has longed to fully experience all these years?
“A touching, believable story, perfect for fans of Sinead Moriarty and Rowan Coleman.” ―Candis
“A brilliant read.” ―Bella
“Sometimes funny, sometimes raw but always emotional, this is an honest story of how one mistake can change a life.” ―The People’s Friend
“A perfect summer’s day read.” ―New! Magazine
“Raw and honest, the author is one who always writes from the heart.” ―The Sun
“A heart-warming and life-affirming story.” ―Woman Magazine
About the Author
Amanda Prowse is an international bestselling author of twenty-seven novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart-topping titles What Have I Done?, Perfect Daughter, My Husband’s Wife, The Coordinates of Loss, The Girl in the Corner and The Things I Know have sold millions of copies around the world.