Authors Showcase: Finding Mother by Anne Allen
April 13, 2015
The Book: Finding Mother
The Author: Anne Allen
The Story: 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
“I first encountered Anne Allen when I read Dangerous Waters: Mystery, Loss and Love on the Island of Guernsey and if you’ve read that book you’ll notice a glancing reference to Jeanne, the heroine, in Finding Mother. I felt nicely grounded! In much the same way that Allen wormed Jeanne into my heart I really found that I cared for Nicole and willing her on to make the right decisions and a success of her life. Allen has a real talent for her female characters. The men don’t come off the page quite as well, but that’s a minor quibble.
Tracing a birth parent when you’ve been adopted is a sensitive subject and Allen handles it well, recognising the insecurities of the adopting parents who wonder if they’re going to be supplanted and the worries of the mother who gave up the child soon after her birth. Will she be judged for her relationship with the child’s father and for the fact that she made no attempt to bring the child up herself? There’s an added complication here in that Nicole will also find out about her birth father – giving her more parents than any girl should decently want! It’s neatly, elegantly done and the story is a real page turner.” The Bookbag
About Anne Allen:
Anne was born in Rugby to a Welsh father and an English mother. As a result she spent many summers with her Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to love the sea. Now she is based in Devon to be near her daughter and two small grandchildren.
Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves, the longest stay being in Guernsey for twelve years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns. Her younger son is based in London – ideal for City breaks.
By profession Anne is a psychotherapist but had long had a desire to write and Dangerous Waters was her first novel. It was awarded Silver(Adult Fiction) in TheWishingShelfAwards 2012.
Review by Liz Bailey:
This was a really enjoyable feel-good story. Such a pleasure to read something that is not saturated with misery and horrid happenings. Of course there are moments where Nicole’s journey is threatened, and there are ups and downs in mood. But that’s what makes it so true to life. You feel that Nicole and her two families are real people with recognizable dreams and troubles, just like the rest of us.
Anne’s lyrical descriptions give a wonderful sense of place, making it easy to mock up the pictures – the joy of reading! I love her style and feel as if I’m being drawn through a romantic movie, knowing there are not going to be any horrible shocks to spoil the view.
These Guernsey novels are truly family relationship stories, with the bonus of coming to know the island almost as if I am there.
Review by hazelc:
FINDING MOTHER is a touching story about family relationships. How Nicole the central character is raised by adoptive parents in Jersey. When her marriage breaks down she decides she wants to find her roots and starts searching for her birth mother which leads her to Guernsey.
There, she traces her mother and finds that she has never married and lives with her mother with whom Nicole forms a special bond. Anne Allen writes in such a way that the locations she describes come to life and you feel you are on the island with them. I also like the way that Anne has linked up with her first book Dangerous Waters by bringing Jeanne into the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed these two books and can’t wait for the next.