The Swallow's Nest

The Swallow's Nest

by Emilie Richards


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Three women fight for the chance to raise the child they’ve all come to love.

When Lilia Swallow’s husband, Graham, goes into remission after a challenging year of treatment for lymphoma, the home and lifestyle blogger throws a party. Their best friends and colleagues attend to celebrate his recovery, but just as the party is in full swing, a new guest arrives. She presents Lilia with a beautiful baby boy, and vanishes.

Toby is Graham’s darkest secret—his son, conceived in a moment of despair. Lilia is utterly unprepared for the betrayal the baby represents, and perhaps less so for the love she begins to feel once her shock subsides. Now this unasked-for, precious gift becomes a life-changer for three women: Lilia, who takes him into her home and heart; Marina, who bore and abandoned him until circumstance and grief changed her mind; and Ellen, who sees in him a chance to correct the mistakes she made with her own son, Toby’s father.

A custody battle begins, and each would-be mother must examine her heart, confront her choices and weigh her dreams against the fate of one vulnerable little boy. Each woman will redefine family, belonging and love—and the results will alter the course not only of their lives, but also the lives of everyone they care for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778330653
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Edition description: Original
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Emilie Richards’s many novels feature complex characterizations and in-depth explorations of social issues. Both are a result of her training and experience as a family counselor, which contribute to her fascination with relationships of all kinds. Emilie and her husband enjoy dividing their time between the Florida Gulf Coast and Chautauqua County, New York. She is currently working on her next novel for MIRA Books.

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The Swallow's Nest 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
leah12 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I related to it a lot on a personal level having spent a few years raising a stepdaughter on my own when neither of her birth parents were able to. My situation wasn't identical but I really connected with Lilia and the emotions she was feeling. There are very few books I keep and want to read again but I will with this one. I also enjoyed the lifestyle blogger portion of the book simply because I enjoy following this type of blog.
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first half of this book. The story moved along at a decent pace, the characters were great, it was a delightful read. However, I only gave this book four stars because I felt the second half of the book was just way too long. I felt like it could have been about a third of the length it was and we still would have gotten all the pertinent information. Our characters are all very strong-willed women. One of them doesn’t seem as strong-willed, but she finds her way and finds her backbone along the way. I enjoyed the interactions between the women and between the men in their lives for the most part. I’m not big on conflict, so of course those pieces weren’t so fun, but strong-willed women make some of the best characters in the world because they know what they want and they go for it with no punches pulled and no holds barred. The setting descriptions were enough that I was able to imagine the places where the story took place and weren’t too overdone. I’m not always easy to please in this area, so it was nice to see these done well. As I said above, the pace in the first half of the book was great. We moved along steadily and yet we weren’t moving along so fast that we missed important details. However, I really felt like the second half of the book dragged on and on. I felt that the second half could’ve been cut down to even a third of its original size and we still would have had enough details about the custody struggle. The overall writing style is good. The prose flows well from section to section, chapter to chapter. I still recommend this book for those who like to read women’s fiction. Perhaps your view on the second half of the book will vary from mine!
Yesdiggity More than 1 year ago
I love all of Emilie's books and this one is no exception. The story is real and it's a real page turner. I got this book from the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emilie Richards brings all her characters to life, even the ones you hate. This book was just another example of why she is one of my favorite authors. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed my first Emilie Richards’ book, The Swallow’s Nest. It’s a lovely, easy read with an intriguing “can’t put down” plot, well developed characters, and lots of fascinating and informative sidelight details. It’s coming out at a great time for excellent summer reading. And I’m going to look for other Emilie Richards books! Rozanne Hall, Medford OR
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost immediately, I was drawn deeply into the story of The Swallow’s Nest by Emilie Richards. It’s been some time since a novel has captivated me like this one. The characters are new people that now live in my imagination. As in many of her other books, Ms. Richards is a master at expertly revealing the layers in the plot, the characters and theme. Lilia Swallow’s husband has lived through a year of devasting cancer and it’s treatment. Graham wants a child – a celebration of life. Lilia is struggling to care for Graham, provide income and live with his cancer. Pregnancy and a child are not additional burdens she can carry. At the celebration party of Graham’s remission, a woman thrusts a baby into Lilia’s arms giving her “Graham’s son.” The despair, the betrayal, the struggle of a fragile marriage, the care of a needy child – many emotions, questionable actions, dubious parents, unflagging friendship – The Sparrow’s Nest is a novel to read and embrace. Every once in a while, there is a book I recommend without hesitation to all my friends to read. The Swallow’s Nest is the newest title on my list. Read this one!
Baymom007 More than 1 year ago
Character development is such a strong suit for Emilie Richards. Her newest novel traces the story of three women who seek to raise little Toby, a child born as the result of an affair. Who should raise him? It's not such a definitive answer. I love to read a book where my opinions of the characters change as the story progresses. The wonderful aspect of Emilie's writing is that we can all identify with the good and the bad traits of these women.
Cathyquilter More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced reader copy from the author in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. I have never read a book by Emilie Richards that I did not like but this is a winner. The characters are well developed and the storyline very moving. Lilia Swallow, a home decorating blogger, has spent the past year supporting her husband through grueling treatments for lymphoma. She holds a gala event to celebrate his remission. During the evening's festivities she answers the door to her husband's coworker who is holding a darling baby. As the story unfolds, it turns out that the baby was conceived during a time of Graham's lowest desperation. Marina, the baby's mother, is overwhelmed and leaves the baby with Lilia. No one knows how they would react in such a situation. Lilia is devastated by the betrayal but still feels obligated to help with the innocent baby caught in the drama. Add in Graham's dysfunctional family and Lilia's support system and the story is wonderful. It is one to be reread.
Terri_C More than 1 year ago
Emilie Richards never fails to amaze me. Her writing is just incredible. The Swallow's Nest is about three women who have very different rolls in the life of a child. Ms. Richards has stripped down the human spirit and revealed everything that makes it up. This book shows us despair, forgiveness, greed, selfishness, compassion, regret and above all love. In Lilia, she has given us the traits that every human should strive and reach for. If we were all like her, the world would be such a better place. Marina is as self-centered as Lilia is gracious. Ellen is full of regret for the life she provided her son, but still not above manipulation to get what she wants. The despair in this book runs so deep in all three women that you can't fail but feel it all the way to your bones. These characters will stay with me for a very long time. The Swallow's Nest will definitely be one that I read again and again.
SOMDReigel More than 1 year ago
Linked forever by a man who had tricked them both; a sorrow that became a joy. The newest captivating novel from Emilie Richards draws you deeply into the lives of three women who want custody of a little boy. It’s an emotional read covering betrayal, illness, death, friendship, suppressed love, and inner strength. Each woman faces different circumstances and Richards was able to bring out my sympathy for each woman as the layers were uncovered. This is a wonderfully written novel. The Sparrow’s Nest is a novel that will you need to sit, relax, read and soak up the words. One of the best women’s fiction I have read in quite some time.
ReadsWithGranddaughters More than 1 year ago
This novel was one of my very favorites of all time. I took my time reading it and was able to absorb and enjoy this beautifully written story about an emotional custody battle between complex women. As their pasts are revealed, I was able to get inside the minds of the characters and understand the reasoning of each of them for wanting to raise Toby. Well-researched, as custody battles are heart wrenching in and of themselves, everything made sense as to what resulted in the end. The comparisons of swallows to parenting and the home and lifestyle column entitled The Swallows Nest added a lot to this novel. I loved it. [I received this book as a gift from the author, Emilie Richards.]
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
I usually only read Christian fiction, but this book grabbed my attention from the beginning and I rode the emotional roller coaster with these three woman, as they each struggle with their love and motives for wanting Toby. I give it five Kleenex as well as five stars, as my heart bled for these characters. They are complex and you have to peel back the layers like an onion to form an opinion. Such real life issues are dealt with and it spoke to me of how one wrong choice can impact so many lives on such different levels. Some characters you will love, some you will dislike, and some you will grow to respect. This book left me wanting more. I highly recommend as it is well written and holds your attention. I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.