Finding Mother by Anne Allen

I’m taking part in the blog tour for Finding Mother by Anne Allen today.  Anne very kindly sent me a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review here on my blog.  As always the review is what I thought about the book and isn’t influenced by the fact I received the book free.  It is, however, an attempt to be fair.

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.
“A sensitive, heart-felt novel about family relationships, identity, adoption, second chances at love… With romance, weddings, boat trips, lovely gardens and more, Finding Mother is a dazzle of a book, a perfect holiday read.” Lindsay Townsend, author of The Snow Bride.


As I was reading this I was thinking that this felt like books I’d read before (in feel, not in content) but I couldn’t put my finger on who it was reminding me of. Then when I got the synopsis to put here and saw it recommends it for fans of Maeve Binchy I thought “yes, that’s who it is.” I think I enjoyed Maeve’s books more than this one but that’s simply down to Maeve being then queen of writing and having so much experience and so many books out and Anne being a relatively new writer in comparison and isn’t a bad thing.  I can’t comment on the comparison to Joanna Trollope because I’m not sure I’ve ever read any of her books.  I’ve got one sat unread on my bookshelf though and that makes me wonder if it’s time to bump it up the TBR list?

I had to stop when I got to the bit in Spain because some of the names and places described were very familiar.  I knew I’d been to somewhere that involved flying into Alicante but when I stopped and checked with my Dad he confirmed that the mentioned town (not the one Nicole goes to stay in) was one we had visited. Cue reading time lost while we discussed that trip.  He thinks it was the late 90s and we went with some friends of our family and their also wheelchair using son. I remember rubbish access where we were staying.  And also happier memories.  It was nice to be reminded of a trip I’d forgotten about.

I’ve never visited the Channel Islands but Jersey at least is a place I’ve been wondering about going for a few years.  So I enjoyed getting a feel for it through this book which managed to give me more of a feel for the size of the place and how lively it is (I think I’d been imagining a much smaller place).

Without giving too much away, the idea of the secret intrigued me and even when I got quite far into the book I still didn’t have any clue what it might turn out to be.  That’s unusual for me.  It also made me really wonder what it might be like to be on the three different sides of adoption (birth parent, adoptive parent, and adoptee), bits of which weren’t comfortable reading but felt very real.

I’m glad I read this book.

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