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‘A moving, relatable and heart-thumpingly good story about family secrets and the lengths we’ll go to protect our loved ones.’ CATHY BRAMLEY

When Hope’s only son Paul met and married Edie, Hope was delighted that he had found love and was settling down to make his own family. Hope has loved bringing up her own child, and is happy to step in and help out now and again – but is always worried about overstepping the line between grandmother and mother.

Edie was hoping that having children with Paul would fulfil her as much as her busy job as a barrister has. But the reality is far from her dream. And with her mother-in-law Hope constantly poking her nose in where it’s not wanted, she finds herself frustrated and alone.

Both women could be each other’s greatest ally, but both have secrets that could ruin their relationship. Secrets neither wants Paul to uncover…

'A delicious tangle of secrets and dilemmas . . . it will have you rooting for one side or the other - or maybe both! Immensely enjoyable' VERONICA HENRY

‘Packed with secrets, shocks, shifting allegiances and surprising parallels between the lives of the two warring women… Propulsive and riveting’ MATT CAIN

‘Brilliant on the nuances of family dynamics . . . I was totally absorbed’ KATE EBERLEN

'Blake has created an intriguing cast of characters that feel real from the off and the result is a deeply moving read' heat magazine

'Another fabulous family drama from Fanny Blake' Women's Weekly

'You can reply on Fanny Blake for a moving, emotional read, and The Daughter-in-Law is her best novel yet. The myriad revelations are expertly plotted in this sensitive exploration of tangled family ties' Anne Cater, Daily Record

'A brilliant page-turner' Bella

'A gripping family story with strong characters' People's Friend

'This warm-hearted, absorbing page-turner is especially brilliant on friendship and family.' Daily Mail

About The Author


Fanny Blake was a publisher for many years, editing both fiction and non-fiction before becoming a freelance journalist and writer. She has written various non-fiction titles, acted as ghost writer for a number of celebrities, and is a former books editor of Woman & Home magazine. She has been a judge of a number of literary prizes, including the Costa First Novel award, the Desmond Elliott Award, the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year award and the British Book Awards. She is also the commissioning editor for Quick Reads and a book reviewer. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (February 16, 2023)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471193644

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Praise for Fanny Blake and The Long Way Home:

‘Fanny Blake knows how to pinpoint what goes on in families. She is warm but never sentimental and her stories take a grip on the reader’ Elizabeth Buchan
‘No-one does family and friendship better than Fanny . . . Warm, funny, wise and relatable’ Veronica Henry
‘Loved it . . . a beautiful story of coming back to life in middle age, full of love, joy and hope’ Liz Fenwick
‘A hopeful, warm, generous-hearted novel about how love transcends difference’ Julie Cohen
'A warm, uplifting read' Rosanna Ley
'The plot reels you in until you have no choice but to devour every word' heat
'Absorbing, intelligent and an absolute joy to read' Daily Express
'A fantastic read from one of our favourite authors' Bella
'Fanny Blake is a master at leading us gently through the complexities of life' Woman & Home
Blake writes fantastically about families and anyone who has ever despaired of a screen-addict teen will especially love this warm-hearted novel' Daily Mail
'Fanny Blake leads us gently and reassuringly through the complexities of everyday family life' Woman’s Weekly
‘Just perfect – as a grandmother myself it made me smile’ Dinah Jefferies
'Seamlessly moving from past to the present, this is a heart-warming read' Heat
'A heart-warming story of the importance of family bonds' People’s Friend ‘A sensitive exploration of thorny family ties’ Daily Express

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