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    Well written psychological, romantic novel.

    Ca. 30 mei Goodreads+Bookbub Fen Wilde, ‘Ruined’ As an ARC reader I received this book for free. I promised an honest review. Here it is. English is not my first language. Sorry for errors. Rating: 4,5 (of 5) stars. In general: Well written psychological, romantic novel. Main characters: - Natalie (38). Daughter of refugees from Sri Lanka. Her parents sufferd heavily during the civil war between the Tamils and the government. After a trip full of hardships he family reached Australia when Natalie was still very young and settled in Sydney. Her lightly coloured, well educated parents, Ravi and Upeksha, were very busy pretending to be white. Natalie studied law, got rich with a lot of luck in the stock market. But at the start of the story she is already for eight years a succesful, exclusive escort, under the alias ‘Ivy’. She likes the sex and the money. Natalie has an older brother, Alex, still living with her parents; as a teener he was attacked by a racist,neighbouring kid and suffered lasting brain damage. Natalie spends a big part of her earnings to give him an optimal medical treatment. - Griffin. He’s a business man living in Melbourne and traveling to a lot of foreign countries. Natalie and Griffin met at an exhition of an famous Aboriginal painter and next day have an accidental meeting. They are immediately attracted to each other and have an one-night stand. For both a very unusual experience. And both fear commitment in a relationship, so they don’t see each other again. Then Natalie discovers she is pregnant. And Griffin cannot forget their ‘one-night’ and tries to contact her. At last they meet again. The author, Fen Wilde, describes the development of their relationship. The sex scenes are very scarce but intense. It’s especially the psycholigical site of the deepening love between Natalie and Griffin that’s interesting and written with insight. (However I didn’t quite understand that Griffin finally rather easy accepted Natalie’s profession after his initial rejection). The book is much more than a love story: the impact of a cruel civil war on people who suffered, the often discrete but widespread racism in Australia, the struggles of a daughter who wants to know her roots and hates the ‘pretending to be white’ of her parents, the relationship between Natalie and a younger colleague and - last but not least - Griffin’s struggle to overcome his difficult youth. In short: this book of Fen Wilde - again - was very interesting and a pleasure to read.

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