‘Who am I? Why am I here? Why did my mother give me away?’
On the surface, Luke and his girlfriend Hannah seem to have a perfect life. He’s an A&R man, she’s an arts correspondent and they are devoted to their new-born son Samuel.
But beneath the gloss Luke has always felt like an outsider. So when he finds his birth mother Alice, the instant connection with her is a little like falling in love.
When Hannah goes back to work, Luke asks Alice to look after their son. But Alice – fuelled with grief from when her baby was taken from her 27 years ago – starts to fall in love with Samuel. And Luke won’t settle for his mother pushing him aside once again…
This book is classed as a psychological thriller, but it really is so much more than that. This goes way deeper that not only pulled at my heart strings but nearly broke them.
The story flicks between Alice in the past and Luke in present day. In the past we get to know Alice better and the build up to the circumstances surrounding giving her son up for adoption. In present day, we meet Luke and his partner Hannah, with their young Samuel, comng to terms with having Alice in their lives.
Having not been adopted myself, it’s hard to know how it would feel to know that your parents gave you away. Through Luke, we get to see how knowing your adopted can at times put pressure on the relationship with the adopted parents as well as the upheaval to everyone involved in having a blood parent, coming back into your life.
Tensions and emotions run high throughout this story. Parts were emotional, heartbreaking, sad, worrying, it really did have me go through an array of emotions. Seeing the bond form between Alice and her grandson was lovely yet had me feeling wary all at the same time.
Mine is a gentle, yet compelling story that consumed me wholly. Whilst there are some surprises up the sleeve of this book, I think the main attraction for me were the relationships within this story. The ending had me sobbing like a new born. I was so affected by Alice and Luke and hats off to the author for writing such a haunting read as it will take me sometime, if ever, that I forget about the characters and events that happen within these pages.
My thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to be part of the blog tour and NetGalley and Orion for a readers copy of the book. Opinions are all my own and not biased in anyway.
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