The Marriage Lie

The Marriage Lie

A gripping and heartbreaking emotional page-turner

Ali Mercer


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Fourteen years ago Stella did something she has regretted ever since. But she did it for her daughter. Now, that mistake could mean she loses her precious girl forever…

Stella follows her handsome husband Rob to the beautifully laid-out table in the restaurant he’s chosen specially for her fortieth birthday lunch. As the waiter pops the champagne, Rob proposes a toast and their crystal glasses clink together in celebration. Stella knows how they must look to anyone watching. Two people very much in love, with the perfect marriage and the perfect life.

But Rob is about to drop a bombshell on Stella.He wants a divorce.

If she doesn’t agree to his plan – to sell the house, divide the money and award him full custody of fourteen-year-old Georgie – he will tell their innocent daughter the one secret he promised to keep and that Stella has worked so hard to protect her from.

Stella has a choice to make. To fight for her daughter, there is only one person she can turn to for help. A woman she hasn’t spoken to in over a decade. But to do it means facing up to her biggest regret, and risks losing Georgie forever, once she learns the truth…

An absolutely heart-breaking and gripping novel about the price of keeping a secret. Fans of Amanda Prowse, Kate Hewitt and Susan Lewis will be gripped by this emotional family drama from the very first page.

Readers are hooked by The Marriage Lie:

‘Just beautiful. A stunning, astounding story that will stay with me. Written with heart. Wow. A book to savour. Just wonderful.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ohh it was so good and must be added to your must-read list!!... Has you hooked right from the first chapter from then on it is completely fast paced!’ Heidi Lynn's Book Reviews

You’ve got to read this “on the edge of your seat” novelAbsolutely fantastic… It’s like one of those tea-cup rides at the amusement park… you end up with bruises after being slammed from side to side as it whirls you all over the place… But you still smile and say the ride was awesome!… Will make you smile, yell out in frustration and gasp in disbeliefSpectacularA must read.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loved this book! It drew me in from the first page and I read it all today! It was truly an emotional drama.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Heart-warming and heart-breaking all in one swoopMade me cry and made my heart pause in places.’ The Fiction Cafe Book Club

A remarkable and heart-wrenching story.’ @shkolnikjx, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Ali Mercer is one of my favourite authors, she writes with such tenderness yet is also able to shock in an instant… A real thrill ride that I thoroughly enjoyed…