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  • Published: 16 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780451476760
  • Imprint: Nal
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $25.00

The Ones Who Matter Most



After her husband dies unexpectedly, Abby Roberts comes across something startling: wedding photographs of him with another woman, along with pictures of a baby boy. Shocked, Abby does something utterly impulsive: She embarks on a journey to discover the family her husband apparently left behind.

After her husband dies unexpectedly, Abby Roberts comes across something startling: wedding photographs of him with another woman, along with pictures of a baby boy. Shocked, Abby does something utterly impulsive: She embarks on a journey to discover the family her husband apparently left behind.

Money has always been tight for single mom Fern Reyes, and never tighter than now. But this month, in place of a child-support check, her ex’s pretty, privileged wife appears on her doorstep with far too many questions. Unfortunately, her young son is so taken with Abby that Fern doesn’t have the heart to send her away.

What begins as one woman’s search for truth becomes a deep bond forged between the unlikeliest of people, and the discovery that there are many ways to make a family—as long as you take care . . .

Conversation guide included.

  • Published: 16 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780451476760
  • Imprint: Nal
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $25.00

About the author

Rachael Herron

Rachael Herron is the author of seven novels: Eliza's Gift, Lucy's Kiss, Naomi's Wish, Cora's Heart, Fiona's Flame,Pack Up the Moon and most recently The Darling Songbirds about three country-singing sisters.

She received her MFA in writing from Mills College, and when she’s not busy writing, she’s working her other full-time job as a 911 fire/medical dispatcher for a Bay Area fire department.

As of 2013, she’s a proud New Zealand citizen as well as an American, and she is a proud member of the NaNoWriMo Writers Board. She can probably play along with you on the ukulele.

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Praise for The Ones Who Matter Most

Herron cleverly creates in Abby and Fern two characters with emotional depth, weaving a vivid and moving story of unlikely connections. For fans of character-driven women’s fiction such as books by Kristin Hannah

Library Journal

Herron has done it again with this heartwarming story that is sure to please readers of emotional women’s fiction

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