Sadie Pearce’s heartbreaking novel, This Child of Ours, is published in paperback today by Sphere.

A story of a marriage at breaking point and a child caught in the middle, this is a beautiful novel of parents and their children, and how far we’re prepared to go in the name of love.

What happens when your greatest blessing might tear you apart?

Riley, aged seven, says she’s not a girl, she’s really a boy. Sally, Riley’s mum, wants to support her in being who she dreams of being. Theo, her dad, thinks it’s a just phase they should wait out. Both feel that their way is the only path that will protect Riley and keep her safe. With the wellbeing of their child at stake, Sally and Theo’s relationship is stretched to breaking point – and, to save their family, each of them must look deeply at who they really are.

But whose way is the right way?

The novel has garnered brilliant reviews already:

Heartwrenching” The Sun

Excellent… An important and moving story” Clare Mackintosh

“This book broke my heart and gently pieced it back together” Cathy Bramley

Sadie Pearse was born in 1979. She worked as a book editor and creative mentor before starting to write full-time. She has published nine women’s fiction novels under the pseudonyms Vanessa Greene and Abby Clements. She lives in north London with her husband and two young children.