Mum-to-be Rachel did everything right, but it all went wrong. Her son, Luke, was stillborn and she finds herself on maternity leave without a baby, trying to make sense of her loss.
When a misguided well-wisher tells her that “everything happens for a reason,” she becomes obsessed with finding that reason, driven by grief and convinced that she is somehow to blame. She remembers that on the day she discovered her pregnancy, she’d stopped a man from jumping in front of a train, and she’s now certain that saving his life cost her the life of her son.
Desperate to find him, she enlists an unlikely ally in Lola, an Underground worker, and Lola’s seven-year-old daughter, Josephine, and eventually tracks him down, with completely unexpected results . . .
Both a heart-wrenchingly poignant portrait of grief and a gloriously uplifting and disarmingly funny story of a young woman’s determination, Everything Happens for a Reason is a bittersweet, life- affirming read and, quite simply, unforgettable.
“A beautiful novel, bursting with raw emotional honesty and authenticity.” —Gill Paul, author of The Secret Wife
“So affecting. Profoundly sad. Funny. I just loved it.” —Louise Beech, author of This Is How We Are Human
“Darkly funny, yet poignant and moving . . . Rachel’s quest to find out if everything happens for a reason is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.” —Anna Bell, author of In Case You Missed It