Before I Was Yours
From the author of WHAT MILO SAW and THE RETURN OF NORAH WELLS, comes this multiple-perspective family drama that isn’t afraid to ask the difficult question: how far would you go for a child who isn’t yours?
Sam and Rosie Keep have always wanted children of their own but life hasn’t worked out that way for them. The only option available to them now is adoption: they’ll do anything to have a child to love.
Seven-year-old Jonah is far away from home and his mama promised he’d be looked after in England. But the man who’s meant to be taking care of him has disappeared and now Jonah’s all alone.
When Sam and Rosie meet Jonah they’re certain they’ve found their son, and open their home and their hearts to him. Finally, their family is complete.
And then the unthinkable happens and life changes for all three members of the Keep family. Suddenly Sam and Rosie must answer an impossible question: how far are they willing to go for a child who isn’t really theirs?
Feather Tucker has two wishes:
1) To get her mum healthy again
2) To win the Junior UK swimming championships
When Feather comes home on New Year’s Eve to find her mother – one of Britain’s most obese women- in a diabetic coma, she realises something has to be done to save her mum’s life. But when her Mum refuses to co-operate Feather realises that the problems run deeper than just her mum’s unhealthy appetite.
Over time, Feather’s mission to help her Mum becomes an investigation. With the help of friends old and new, and the hindrance of runaway pet goat Houdini, Feather’s starting to uncover when her mum’s life began to spiral out of control and why. But can Feather fix it in time for her mum to watch her swim to victory? And can she save her family for good?
The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells
One ordinary morning, Norah walked out of her house on Willoughby Street and never looked back. Six years later, she returns to the home she walked away from only to find another woman in her place. Fay held Norah’s family together after she disappeared, she shares a bed with Norah’s husband and Norah’s youngest daughter calls Fay ‘Mummy’.
Now that Norah has returned, everyone has questions. Where has she been? Why did she leave? And why is she back? As each member of the family tries to find the answers they each need, they must also face up to the most pressing question of all – what happens to The Mother Who Stayed when The Mother Who Left comes back?
From the author of What Milo Saw, comes this powerful, emotional and perceptive novel about what it takes to hold a family together and what you’re willing to sacrifice for the ones you love.
I couldn't put this insightful, compelling novel down.
Woman & Home
Such a deeply satisfying doorstop of a novel.
Sara Manning, Red Magazine
One to watch . . . a touching look at the meaning of motherhood.
An emotional family story . . . written with plenty of heart.
An emotional and powerful family drama **** .
An insightful look at modern family life . . . original . . . layered and lyrical.
Beautifully written and thought-provoking, this is a brilliant read.
A novel so engaging and powerful you'll want to read it in one gluttonous sitting . . . a novel that should be cherished and savoured . . . one to watch.
Macgregor's characters are multifaceted and loveable.
A heartbreakingly perceptive tale of the power of motherhood, sacrifice and how far the heart can stretch for those we love.
What Milo Saw
I hope with all my heart that you enjoy What Milo Saw (Little, Brown, Sphere. Hardback, Paperback, Kindle & Audio). Once you’ve finished – or even when you’re half-way through – do let me know what you made of quirky little Milo and his particular take on the world. I love to interact with my readers and promise to answer every one your messages.
What Milo Saw deals with serious themes including family life and the treatment of the elderly in society. The novel addresses these issues with sensitivity and humour reminiscent of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
As we all know you look at the back cover of a book, someone may tell you that it is good – or bad, but until you read it yourself you never really know, and over the years I have picked up some real stinkers that looked like they should be okay. To be honest though I wasn’t too sure if I would like this as by the blurb for me it could be okay, but just as easily be rather trashy – but thankfully it more than exceeded my expectations.
What Milo Saw is a sweet touching book with an emotional message. It's all about hope, sadness, forgiveness, letting go of the people you love and finding out where you belong.
Milo loves his Gran and when his mother puts her in the old peoples care home ‘Forget Me Not’, he is distraught. He insists he will visit every day and although outwardly the home is portrayed as a wonderful place Milo begins to notice that all is not as it seems or should be. He sets out to get his Gran back home and begins a mission to prove the home is not up to standard. But how can a nine year old boy make anyone listen and is there any proof to his claims?
What a lovely, sweet, well observed story. Comparisons will be drawn with the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, in that it is a young boy with a disability who seeks to uncover a wrong doing.
A challenging and moving story about the power of love between generations.
It's a poignant and very clever read - you'll fall in love with Milo.
Beautifully written and complete with a powerful message, What Milo Saw will make you think... and then pick up the phone to call your mum.
From the first page, we were hooked... If you loved The Curious Incident Of The Dog in the Night-time, this is for you.
A life affirming read.
Sharp, funny and hugely moving, this is a must-read.
The characterisation and dialogue make it easy to feel empathy for the family and readers will cheer Milo on to achieve his goal.
It is impossible not to fall in love with nine-year-old Milo in this touching novel.
[An] understated and likeable tale that just might restore your faith in human nature
Absolutely delightful . . . Everyone should read this book; it holds laughter and tears, but above all, it has something similar to a beating heart. This is not a book to be missed!
A carefully constructed comment on how appearances can be deceiving . . . A heart-warming read showing children sometimes know better than grown-ups.