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  • The story of Genie after losing her adoptive mothe

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Genie, and her mother who gave her up for adoption at birth. It’s a lovely story and I definitely recommend it.

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  • A really lovely feeling book

    This was a lovely book set mostly in New Zealand, which starts off quite sad but gets happier and more uplifting as the book goes on. Evangeline (Genie) was adopted as a baby and recently lost her Mum to an accident that she feels responsible for, even though it isn't her fault. She just can't seem to drag herself out of the depression she slides into, until she decides to try and find her birth Mother and find out why she was adopted. I did feel sorry for her poor old Dad at first as he had lost his wife too but kind of got shut out by Genie in her grief. Once she realises where her birth Mother, Bonnie, is she sets off on a journey to New Zealand, with her Dad's encouragement, to find her - not realising by some quirk of fate that Bonnie is also on a journey to see Genie in the UK and so they initially miss one another. Once in New Zealand Genie decides to stay longer than at first anticipated because of this, but it works out well as she gets to know some of Bonnie's friends and family, but without saying exactly who she is. Whilst there she also visits places around New Zealand which was lovely to read about. The story is told from both Genie and Bonnie's perspectives and we go back in time to the story of why Genie was adopted in the first place which made for very easy reading chapters. A really lovely feeling book with some very likeable characters (Tui and Kit especially). I do enjoy Isabelle Broom's writing style, just a really enjoyable book.

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  • If you buy just one book make it this

    What a breathtaking book this is, I cannot fault a word of it. This had me enchanted all the way though with its awe inspiring setting in New Zealand and the characters of Genie, Bonnie, Kit and especially Tui, I have read all of Isabelle Broom’s previous novels and to me without a doubt this is her best. Personally at the moment my concentration is not great so for a book to have me as gripped as this did shows what a hidden gem it is, it truly is wonderfully written with a warmth running right through it.

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