Published in 2018, I read Connectedness for Rosie’s Book Review Team
Author: Sandra Danby
Published: May 2018 by Beulah Press
Category: Women’s Fiction, Art, Adoption, Book Review
TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD, ARTIST JUSTINE TREE HAS IT ALL… BUT SHE ALWAYS HAS A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY EVERYTHING
Justine’s art sells around the world, but does anyone truly know her? When her mother dies, she returns to her childhood home in Yorkshire where she decides to confront her past. She asks journalist Rose Haldane to find the baby she gave away when she was an art student, but only when Rose starts to ask difficult questions does Justine truly understand what she must face.
Baby Girl is a mother’s story. It’s about the greatest sacrifice a mother can make when she wants only the best for her child. It’s about falling in and out of love, of losing and finding one’s self. It’s about the perilous journey from passionate young love to happy true love and understanding the differences between the two.
The day Ryan Carter and his mother moved into the old Ballinger place on Spruce Street was the day Cheryl Ann Ferguson’s life began to change. She and Ryan became firm friends. Apart from the father who loved her dearly, he was her only ally. Her mother was a cold, unloving woman, who only seemed capable of negativity, complaining about anything and everything and putting people down. The year her father died changed everything for Cheryl Ann. She felt so alone and the final straw was her mother’s refusal to let her go to college. She left home with Ryan after the graduation her mother failed to attend. Continue reading
My newly adopted wolf! I’ve been meaning to do this since forever…
How beautiful is she? Stunning Tundra is three years old and lives at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust with her brother, Nuka, and sister, Tala. They are the Beenham Pack, which is one of several packs at the trust, and Tundra is the dominant female.
Photos courtesy of UKWCT
The aims of the Trust are to enhance public awareness of wild wolves and their place in our ecosystem. Also to provide opportunities for research, education programmes and fundraising to help conservation projects around the world.
How wolves can change an ecosystem – found on http://www.iflscience.com
I received a digital copy of the book in return for my review
On Emily’s sixteenth birthday, she discovers a letter that tells of her long-lost father, who not only wants her back but is also filthy rich! Tensions between her and her mother were never very good, and with this letter, they escalate to where Emily moves out for the summer to her new/old family – at their opulent summer home. Find out how Emily wrestles with her feelings, finds love and balances her two families in “The Donahues”.
I thought the story concept was a good one and dealt with the normal teenage angst and issues. Although for Emily there was much more to cope with than crushes on boys and school.
The characterisations and interactions were good and it was interesting to see how Emily dealt with the shock of finding out she was adopted. That would be enough to deal with at any age but to find out on her 16th birthday sends Emily into a tailspin.
I liked the banter and the teasing relationship between Emily and her brother but otherwise I found it difficult to really connect with her. She gave the impression of being quite self-centred and a wee bit calculating and I thought she treated Stephen poorly considering he was supposed to be her best friend.
In some passages the writing tended not to flow as well as in other parts and some of the dialogue was a little formal and didn’t quite ring true for 16 year olds. But it is an appealing and entertaining debut novel and shows much promise.
I was given a copy of the book by the author in exchange for my review.
Rose Haldane is confident about her identity. She pulls the same face as her grandfather when she has to do something she doesn’t want to, she knows her DNA is the same as his. Except it isn’t: because Rose is adopted and doesn’t know it. Ignoring Gravity connects two pairs of sisters separated by a generation of secrets. Finding her mother’s lost diaries, Rose begins to understand why she has always seemed the outsider in her family, why she feels so different from her sister Lily. Then just when she thinks there can’t be any more secrets…
Rose Haldane’s world falls apart when she and her sister discover their dead mother’s diaries while sorting through her belongings. It starts a chain of events that catapult Rose through a roller coaster of emotions. Using her journalistic skills Rose starts the search to find out the truth and slowly uncovers events that touch many lives.
Meanwhile Rose’s sister, Lily, is dealing with marriage problems as well as the changing family dynamics.
It’s a fascinating and intriguing tale of family, love, loyalty and new beginnings and pulled me in from the start. There’s a thread of romance running through which doesn’t overshadow the main story of Rose’s search for her true identity.
The characters are well written and developed, real and with flaws, distinct and visual. A very enjoyable and attention holding read.
About the author
Since she can first remember, Sandra Danby has loved reading. Hardback, paperback, e-book, new or pre-loved, borrowed from the library and friends, magazines and newspapers, she reads them all. She grew up on a small dairy farm at the bleak edge of East Yorkshire where England meets the North Sea. At the age of four she was making magazines full of her own stories. When missed by her mother, she was usually found in a corner with her nose in a book. She devoured everything from the Famous Five and Secret Seven to Swallows and Amazons, from Little Women to George Orwell and Mary Stewart. All this reading led her first to a degree in English Literature in London, then to journalism. Now she writes fiction full-time… and still reads at every spare moment.
Sandra is now writing Connectedness, the sequel in which Rose Haldane travels from Yorkshire to Malaga, Spain, in pursuit of the birth child of controversial artist Justine Tree.
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