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About Emma Robinson
Emma Robinson is the author of several bestselling women’s fiction novels. She also blogs about the funny side of parenting and has contributed to podcasts such as Funny Women. Whilst her early novels are humorous, her recent work focuses on emotional themes and these novels are both heart-breaking and life affirming. Emma enjoys writing stories which explore the power of family and friendship in the most challenging circumstances.
Emma currently lives in Essex, England with a husband, two children and a small black dog.
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Cara took a deep breath and let it out slowly. ‘She’s not just my daughter,’ she said as she turned to face Jack. This man she had once loved, but who she hadn’t seen for nearly five years. ‘Sophie is your daughter too.’
It is just past ten o’clock on a cold Friday evening when Rebecca and her husband Jack’s doorbell rings. Outside is a woman who introduces herself as Jack’s ex-girlfriend Cara. And she’s holding the hand of a shivering, blue-eyed, four-year-old girl. Who she claims is Jack’s daughter.
Rebecca is shocked to discover he has a child from his last relationship – even one he hadn’t known about. Because becoming parents isn’t part of their life plan. They like children, but they also love their freedom and spending time together uninterrupted; the way that, if they wanted to, they could travel the world at a moment’s notice.
But Cara needs them. Because Cara has a devastating secret that she can’t tell anyone yet. Not even her daughter. A secret with the power to change all of their lives.
A secret that will ultimately mean Rebecca has to ask herself – could she find it in herself to welcome her husband’s child into her home, and into her heart?
A heartbreaking and powerful emotional women’s fiction novel about love, friendship and what it truly means to be a parent, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Kate Hewitt.
Readers are loving My Husband’s Daughter:
‘Oh my days, what a tear jerker! I have such a book hangover!… I can't remember the last time I read a whole book in one sitting… I have been glued to the edge of my seat! I should mention that tissues are a must! I cried more than once (I lost count) and am still wiping away the tears as I write this. The story is so heart breaking but beautifully written that some parts had me both sad but smiling at the same time… Absolutely brilliant!!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I don't even know where to begin to review this absolutely gut-wrenching, beautiful story… I have never audibly sobbed or struggled to read a book through tears, but this one was tough…. I cannot express the need for everyone to read this book… It is just beautiful and I think it gives a lot for people to learn from in their own lives too.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Oh my goodness – what a beautiful, heart wrenching, ugly-cry-making book!… Twists and turns like you wouldn't expect from this genre, and just fantastic characterisation… it really really makes you think (and cry) – go read it!!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Blooming hell! What did Emma Robinson do to me with this book?… The most touching story I’ve read for a long time, so bravo to the author… An amazing story of compassion and selflessness… This is an absolutely brilliant five star read and not one to be missed!’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐є
Single mother Anna’s six-year-old daughter Libby is her whole world. Having escaped a marriage that was threatening to destroy her, Anna has managed to get their lives back on track. Looking at Libby’s sweet, heart-shaped face, Anna is filled with hope for the future. They have each other and nothing else matters.
But then Libby gets ill, with a rare disorder that means she needs a transplant from a relative if she’s going to survive. And when Anna discovers she herself isn’t a match, there’s only one person she can turn to.
So she picks up the phone, and dials a number she hoped she’d never have to call again. The man she once ran from. Her daughter’s father. She’s scared he’ll want them to come back home, scared he’ll be able to break her all over again. But Anna knows what she has to do, what any mother would.
Because if there’s a chance to save your daughter’s life, wouldn’t you do whatever it takes?
An unforgettable, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting story from the bestselling author of My Husband’s Daughter, this novel is perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain and Jojo Moyes.
Readers are loving To Save My Child:
‘I cried bucket loads with this book, honestly it is such an emotive tear jerker of a book, so be prepared… Captivating… Grabbed hold of me and I couldn’t have let go even if I wanted to. I had to know what happened. I took the characters to my heart and they will remain there, along with this book, for a long time.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wonderful… A tear-jerker, this one must be read with a box of tissues handy.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘An exceptional read and I had to wipe tears from my eyes. Gripping and emotional from start to finish.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A really beautiful poignant read… Both heartbreaking and very sad.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Full of emotion, both heart-breaking and heart-warming… storytelling straight from [the] very heart… Wonderful characters that are true to life and will become like personal friends… This is women’s literature at its very best.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A beautifully written emotional story that would bring a tear or two to anyone. Emma Robinson definitely writes the type of book that keeps the reader gripped from the first page.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Had me crying… it really tugged at my heartstrings… This book had everything, a race against time, ethics and morals, unlikely
Breathing the warmth of you, watching your tiny chest rise and fall, my heart was full with pride. How could we have made something so perfect? ‘Your mummy loves you, little girl,’ I whispered. ‘I will keep you safe.’ But I didn’t, did I? And how can I ever forgive myself for that?
Ever since Ruby was tiny, she has been unique. Her smiles are magically rare, her building blocks are always colour-coded, and she communicates only in gestures. Sometimes being Ruby’s mother is hard, but the way she sees the world makes it new for Sara every day. And she and her husband work hard to give their daughter the happy family life she deserves.
So when Sara’s husband walks out on them without any warning, Sara’s world falls apart. She can’t imagine life without him. He was the only other person who could calm Ruby down, and who Sara could rely on to hold her in his arms and listen after a long, exhausting day of pleading with Ruby to eat, calm down, explain why she’s crying.
Without other family of her own, her mother-in-law, Barbara, is the only person Sara can turn to for help. But Barbara thinks Ruby’s problems are all in Sara’s head; that she just doesn’t know how to raise a child right.
Alongside dealing with her difficult mother-in-law, Sara is also juggling a new job and the emotional wrench of Ruby starting pre-school, all alone while her heart is breaking. It feels like a struggle to give Ruby the warm, stable home she deserves and Sara just can’t see how she will cope alone. But then Ruby surprises them. Can a little girl who doesn’t speak show both women the way?
A powerful emotional page-turner about motherhood, friendship and family. Guaranteed to take your breath away. Perfect for fans of A Boy Made of Blocks, Jodi Picoult and Jojo Moyes.
This novel was previously titled Where I Found You.
Readers are loving My Silent Daughter:
‘An uplifting masterpiece. This story is fabulous, and I loved reading it. I cried happy and sad tears, read parts out to family and friends, and thoroughly enjoyed the storyline... A must read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘A truly special book. It’s both captivating and real, and beautifully written… A wonderful story, sensitively told, this book will stay with me.’ Sibzzreads, 5 stars
‘Oh my goodness! I read most of this book with tears in my eyes, and was openly weeping by the end. This is such a beautiful, emotional story… a beautiful read and one that will stay with me. I was deeply moved by it (there was ugly crying) and would urge everyone to read it… [A] tale of love, friendship, acceptance and hope.’ Suze Reviews
‘I’m not sure I have an adequate vocabulary to explain how much I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down and read it in just a day.’ Jan’s Book Buzz, 5 stars
‘Every sentence in the book touched my heart. Emma Robinson is a masterful storyteller.
The tears began to flow. ‘I can’t do this on my own,’ Emily sobbed. ‘I don’t know how.’
When Emily’s husband dies in a terrible accident, she’s not the only wife he leaves behind.
Because, before their whirlwind romance and Emily’s discovery she was pregnant, Pete had been married to Caroline for more than twenty years. A devastating tragedy had torn them apart. But there was a part of Pete that had never fully left his first wife and a secret that would bind them together, forever.
Finding herself lonely, heartbroken, and forced to face life and motherhood alone – Emily is surprised that Caroline offers her support. But Emily knows she needs someone she can trust and rely on. Even if it’s the woman her husband loved before her.
A tentative friendship develops and their lives become entwined. Their bond grows ever stronger as Caroline steps in to help when Emily’s baby arrives unexpectedly early. But it’s not just Caroline hiding a secret. Both of the women who once loved Pete have things they can never admit, without risking a friendship that might be the only thing keeping them both afloat.
When grief begins to take its toll on Emily, she feels sure that Caroline is the only person who can save her and baby Dylan… But should she trust the woman he loved before her – with her life… Or her child’s?
An utterly devastating, but ultimately uplifting, emotional women’s fiction novel about friendship, motherhood and loss. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis and Jojo Moyes.
Readers are loving His First Wife’s Secret:
‘Oh, the feels... aaaalllll of the feels!! This book is emotional, heartbreaking and bittersweet friendships all rolled into one. Grab the tissues for this one, you’ll need them and you’re not going to want to stop reading until the very end.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow. Wow… It has been a long time since I have read a book in one sitting… but I could not put this down! I absolutely loved it from start to finish. As soon I read the prologue I was already reaching for the tissues!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Tugs at the heartstrings and brings a lump to the throat… So much tenderness and emotion… I’ve been unable to put the book down… A wonderfully moving story that has a perfect ending.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This book was read in less than a day. I reluctantly put it down to go on the school run today, but stood at the school door reading… This is how obsessed I was… Absolutely stunning.’ Chloesreadingroom ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Absolutely loved it.
When you see them, they are so happy, so in love. He’s holding the door open for her, she’s clearly expecting a baby. You think: she has everything I don’t. Everything I ever dreamed of…
There’s room in her house where Shelley has shut away a heartbreakingly-soft, never-used baby blanket. In a box, under a bed, behind a door that she never opens. If it’s there, she can forget about it. Just like she has her memories. Of a marriage that hadn’t been perfect. Of a life that didn’t go the way she had hoped.
Every day she acts like everything is normal. Going to work and following a routine helps her pretend the bad stuff never happened. Until one day, everything changes.
She sees the couple moving in next door, laughing sweetly as they walk up the path to their new home. The woman is pregnant. It’s like she has everything that Shelley has lost. But when Shelley properly meets Lara, she soon discovers Lara is actually carrying a heartache to match her own.
As her friendship with Lara deepens, Shelley starts to wonder what might happen if she opens the box she’s hidden away, with the tiny, beautiful blanket in it. Will the secrets from her past – about what she lost, what she’s hiding from, and what she has been doing her best to forget – destroy her? Or will opening it up finally give her a chance to live again?
A heartbreaking emotional drama about the power of friendship that will make readers laugh and cry, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Dani Atkins and Daniela Sacerdoti.
Readers are loving The Forgotten Wife:
‘Emotional and brilliant at the same time! I have laughed and shouted out loud and cried throughout the book. It is a brilliant read and very hard to put down.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘OMG. OMG. OMG. The author made me cry. I still had a book hangover when I started writing this review. There was still a lingering lump in my throat all through the day… There are books which leave their wispy trails around you that remind you to find your happiness. This was one such book of friendship… Had me turning the pages slowly, living each word, feeling each emotion, laughing and crying with them.’ Shalini’s Books and Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Heartbreaking… If you read one book this year, make it this.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Oh wow, this was such an amazing and beautiful book!… Keep your tissues handy.’ B for Bookreview ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This book took me on an extreme emotional roller-coaster ride… I couldn't put [it] down… Fantastic but also heartbreaking… extremely emotional and will bring tears to everyone that reads it.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘An absolutely heart-wrenching story.
Single mum Rory doesn’t believe in love. She’s got far too many real problems to deal with.
She’s just bought a tumbledown house. Her mother is generally behaving like a wicked witch, insisting on calling her Aurora, and generally interfering in her (admittedly pitiful lack of) love life. And her 16-year-old daughter has finally grown out of Disney princesses and discovered dating…
But Rory’s adamant that she doesn’t need saving. In fact, the only thing she’s wishing on a star for is a bit of practical help. However, when she meets a builder whose name is John Prince and who seems to be in the habit of rescuing her (right down to finding her lost shoe one evening) she might have to face a truth as uncomfortable as hobbling home barefoot – that maybe there’s something enchanted in the air.
Her mother, daughter and friends are convinced her prince has come, but Rory just wishes everyone could let it go. Especially when she hears a story that makes her question whether he is really the hero everyone thinks he is…
A hilarious, romantic love story about mothers, daughters and how on earth to find Prince Charming, for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes and Cecelia Ahern.
What readers are saying about Happily Never After:
‘I absolutely loved this book… I was left laughing out loud one minute and then tears welling up… fantastically funny but also so heart-warming! It was an absolute perfect read… I was hooked from the first page.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘When I started the book I was so caught up in reading that I had to finish it in just one sitting! It is simply that great… Had me laughing out loud throughout… Fast paced and hilarious… Perfect for all chick-lit, romance lovers.’ Just Read It, 5 stars
‘I thoroughly recommend this if you’re looking for a ‘feel good’ book that will make you laugh out loud.’ The Secret Library Book Blog
‘A wonderfully entertaining summer read.’ Novel Deelights
‘OH EM GEE. WOW! … Boy was this bloody brilliant! Very impressed. I loved every second… A must buy. A must read. You will not be disappointed at all… Outstanding.’ Between the Pages Book Club, 5 stars
‘It was fun, entertaining, realistic, relatable, adorable, sweet, intriguing and I just plain adored it.’ Spicy Books Lady
‘This might be a rom-com but it’s not your average rom-com… a brilliant story.’ Starcrossed Book Reviews
‘Jam-packed full of romance, real emotions, drama and family. It’s heart-warming and a delight to read.’ Katie’s Book Cave
‘Happily Never After is a brilliant example of happiness coming in different sizes, at different times, for different reasons. Because as long as you're happy yourself, you have already found your happily ever after. Such a fab, laugh out loud, energetic, and enchanting read.
'This was absolutely hilarious! I just couldn't stop laughing throughout.' Jessica's Book Biz, 5 stars
Jenny has too much on her plate: literally – she’s only expecting one child but she’s eating for at least three. Not to mention trying to juggle her nightmare boss, a know-it-all sister, and an infuriatingly laid-back husband.
She used to be known for her ‘Single Girl About Town’ column. But when her boss gives her job to a younger colleague, Jenny panics and proposes she blogs instead about being a clueless new mum. Surely people will find her new friendship group fascinating? (Even if the only thing they seem to have in common is that they all had sex around the same time 9 months ago...)
And if her readers aren’t quite hooked yet, maybe Jenny will just have to be more liberal with the truth. After all, none of the other mums will read it… will they?
The Undercover Mother is a hilarious parenting page-turner that will make you laugh, cry and want to crack open the gin. Perfect for fans of Why Mummy Drinks and The Bad Mother’s Diary.
What readers are saying about The Undercover Mother
'This book was so much fun to read that I couldn't put it down and HAD to read it in one sitting... I loved every minute of it.' Pretty Little Book Reviews
‘Oh my goodness this book resonated with me on so many levels!.. I am a new mum… so as soon as I read the blurb for this book I knew I HAD to read it – and even after just the first few pages I was laughing – it was like the author had been following me for the last six months of my pregnancy!! The book is so true to what happens, it is written so well and so funny – no hesitation in giving this book a massive five stars – it was BRILLIANT!!’ Donna’s Book Blog, 5 stars
‘This is actually the perfect book for all mums to be and mums to enjoy and have a giggle at! It has EVERYTHING, Emma has not left out the bits that others do. It has all the ups, down and all the wobbly bits in between! … I would highly recommend to you all… A well deserved five stars!’ Gemma’s Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘My first thoughts for this book are laugh out loud hilarious! I simply couldn't stop laughing through this book. Emma Robinson's writing is so relatable that any mother/reader can put herself in Jenny's shoes… The book is hilarious and fun. It captures perfectly the transition experience from a woman to a mom.’ Bookish Lifestyle, 5 stars
'Oh my days. I loved this book... The Undercover Mother is certainly in parts a laugh out loud read, it's also a comfort read, sometimes happy, funny and sometimes a little sad... I could relate to so much of this from when I was a new mum... Winging it, thinking everyone else has their sh*t together, and there is only you in the world that isn't managing everything... First Class read, I recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun, yet real read. Friendships, secrets, lies, revelations, laughter, tears, relationships. This book covers it all.
Kate loves her family more than anything, but recently she has started to feel invisible. Lying awake at three a.m. as her husband snores, panicking about shopping lists, birthday parties, and the school bake sale…
She finds herself in the kitchen, gulping water, staring at a postcard of the Eiffel Tower from Shannon, her best friend.
Paris, with its red wine, slippery cobbles and curly lamp posts. Where the scent of freshly-baked croissants hangs in the air, and Kate last remembers feeling like herself.
The postcard is a year old. It has just one line on it: When are you coming?
An inspiring, feel-good tale of friendship, love, and what happens when running away is the only way you can find your way home. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jane Green and Marian Keyes.
Readers are loving One Way Ticket to Paris:
‘I absolutely adored this book… fantastically funny and heartbreakingly sad… a true feel-good rom-com.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I just loved this book, it was a truly heartfelt and honest story that warmed my heart. I devoured it in one sitting… a perfect read and one not to be missed. I love this book and everything it stands for and couldn't recommend it highly enough.’ Stacy is Reading, 5 stars
‘Funny, emotive, romantic and ultimately heartwarming… I was hooked on the story… I just couldn’t stop reading… Seriously fantastic’ Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars
‘I simply adored this book… The author has very cleverly captured each character’s emotions in where they are in life and I totally related to this… This is just a wonderful feel good book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I absolutely loved this book… It is so much fun and I think that everyone can relate to one of the characters.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘What a lovely read!... . I was thoroughly engrossed.’ Netgalley reviewer
‘So relatable it will touch the heart of any reader… I was so involved I didn't realise there were tears rolling down my cheeks.’ Rona Halsall
‘What a fun heartwarming story, set against the backdrop of a beautiful Paris!... So relatable… she tells you like it is in an engaging and humorous way… a lot of fun, a lot of emotion, and a lot of heart!’ Audio Killed the Bookmark
‘Warm and compelling… I was hooked on this book from page one.’ A Little Book Problem
‘I could really identify with Kate. I remember those times of feeling lost and alone and wanting to escape anywhere in the world. It’s a good job I couldn’t get on the Eurostar to Paris because I might have gone!... A wonderful story with characters and a plot so compelling that I couldn’t stop reading.
Knew what I should and should not do.
But the theory I’d read, was not so much use,
when that ‘theory’ became a real you.”
More humorous and touching poems and short writing from the author of Motherhood for Slackers.
‘Adventures in Motherhood’ covers topics from weaning to the school run and includes poems entitled: ‘Nana’s House’ and ‘I Get It Now.’
Another perfect collection for any mother who sometimes wonders if they’re doing it right.
Reviews for Motherhood for Slackers: Poetry and Prose
“A lovely, honest, funny and uplifting book.”
“This book made me feel normal again!”
A humorous and touching collection of stories and short writing covering many aspects of motherhood from birth to the first day at school.
Includes the poems: ‘Dear Teacher’. ‘Nine Months’ and ‘I was going to be . . .’ as well as four new poems such as ‘The Mum Olympics’ and ‘Weaning by Limerick.’
The perfect collection for all the mothers who sometimes wonder if they’re doing it right.