As promised, here is my post with the review of the 2nd book in the Guernsey series, “Finding Mother” is the book I had the privilege to read and review as part of The Guernsey Blog Tour. And if you didn’t see my post yesterday, here is the blurb of the book:
Prepare to be swept away by a heart-warming tale of family relationships and love.
Three women. Three generations. Sacrifices for love…
Who is she really? Nicole is about to find out as she searches for her real mother; the woman who gave her away at birth. With her marriage in tatters, she sets out from England: travelling to Spain, Jersey and Guernsey before the extraordinary story of her real family is finally revealed.
Nicole becomes an unwitting catalyst for change in the family. Two women are forced to reveal long-buried secrets. One going back as far as the Second World War. Lives are transformed as choices have to be made and the past laid to rest…
This contemporary romantic drama is the second of The Guernsey Novels, a series of stand-alone books by the award-winning author Anne Allen. It is likely to appeal to lovers of the works of Joanna Trollope and Maeve Binchy.
If you found this book interesting, go add it to your Goodreads TBR, and check out the other books and go get them so you can read all of those stories.
Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. She was born in Rugby, to an English mother and Welsh father. As a result she spent many summers with her Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to love the sea.
Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.
By profession Anne was a psychotherapist but has long had creative ‘itches’, learning to mosaic, paint furniture, interior design and sculpt. At the back of her mind the itch to write was always present but seemed too time-consuming for a single mum with a need to earn a living. Now retired from the ‘day job’, there’s more time to write and Anne has now published six books in The Guernsey Novels series. She will be publishing her seventh novel later in the year.
To find out more about Anne check out her website, and you can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.
Now, about the review…
I could say that a lot of things intrigued me in this book. I don’t want to spoil anything, so if you want to talk about the book, message me and we can go into specifics.
This book follows Nicole as she goes looking for her biological mother. Yes, she was adopted by a wonderful couple that loves her very much, but after she discovered her husband betrayal, she goes on a journey to find some answers and to finally meet her birth mother, and discover and understand her family roots.
As the book keeps going and the story keeps unfolding, we eventually get to the story of three female generations. We get to met and learn about amazing characters while we read the book, including Nicole’s grandmother, Eve, and her adoptive parents.
Since I was 12 years old, I always felt this connection to stories about adoption. I’m not adopted nor have I any case of adoption in my family, so I don’t know why I would feel that way, but I have always felt it. A couple years later I decided that if I had a stable life, I would adopt, because I believe everyone deserves the love of a parent (mom, dad, aunt or uncle, grandparents… no matter who is the person with the role of parent) and if I can open my home for a child that needs that love, why not? Love is love. I don’t have to related by blood to love that child has I would any child I could give birth to.
Anyway, when I read the blurb… I knew this was the book for me. And I wasn’t wrong, I loved this book. The storyline has a good flow and the themes (family and finding your own identity) touched my heart. And there is even a touch of romance, which gives it a sweet color. The way everything is presented it doesn’t make the book to heavy because they are dealt with sensitivity.
Anne Allen takes us on a wonderful journey to some really beautiful places, most I know almost nothing about. Her writing brings the characters and the story to life and makes you feel like you could be part of the book because it gets you involve in the characters storytelling and life.
That, my friends, it’s all I want in a good story. I want to feel like I could be a part of that world like I could interact with the characters; get to know them like they are my friends or family members. And that’s what I got in this book. Thank you, Anne!
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Thank you very much Jess for taking the time to read and review Finding Mother by Anne Allen.
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