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Today I’m on the blog tour for one of the Guernsey Novels: Finding Mother by Anne Allen. I have really enjoyed getting into this book. A different genre from my normal crime thrillers. Finding Mother is book #2 in The Guernsey Novels which are all standalone books. All of them have a link to the German Occupation during World War 2.
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.
This is my first time reading one of Anne Allen’s books. I have never been to Guernsey so that was one of the reasons I wanted to give one of her books a go. I have always fancied the idea of island living so getting stuck into Finding Mother was perfect for me.
When the main character Nicole’s marriage falls to pieces, she decides now is the time to find her real mother. Nicole had it all, the house, marriage and a glittering TV career until her husband Tom cheated on her. Nicole leaves him back in Bristol on a temporary separation and heads over to spend time with her mum and dad in Spain. Here she talks to them about finding her real mother as they adopted her as a baby. Her journey leads her to Jersey and Guernsey.
Nicole finds herself right at home with her real mother and grandmother, in fact living on Guernsey appeals to her and she meets dreamy Dr Ben as well. Heading to the beach, drinking wine and eating good food. Taking in the scenery is just what Nicole needs to sort her head out.
Just as life is meaning something to her Tom turns up on her doorstep.
Finding Mother is a very easy reading book. I have been up at night reading it while settling my 6 week old baby. It had me engrossed at times and before I knew it, it was 5am!
The setting of Guernsey is well described and even though I’ve never been there I feel as if I could recognise the area. I loved the stories of World War 2 that Nicole’s grandmother tells us throughout the book. It gives it another edge.
If Anne Allen’s other books are as good as this one I can’t wait to read the rest!
Finding Mother deserves a 5 out of 5 stars from me.
Win a two-night break
courtesy of The Guernsey Novels by Anne Allen
Would you like to visit gorgeous Guernsey? Well, here is your chance to win a two-night trip to this beautiful island, courtesy of Anne Allen, author of the riveting book series, The Guernsey Novels.
The Guernsey Novels
Anne Allen’s fascinating book series, The Guernsey Novels, comprises six standalone novels. All the stories in her novel series, take place predominantly on the island of Guernsey and are linked by characters popping up from one book to another.
They provide an ongoing story of a village spread, so far, over 6 years. Each book is standalone with fresh new lead characters with their own links to the German Occupation during World War 2, having an impact on the present.
The Guernsey Novels are a mix of mystery, family drama, and love story and influenced by the authors love of the island where she spent many happy years. Guernsey itself is always a main character in the books, offering a gorgeous backdrop to all the sorrows, joys and tragedies she describes.
About the Author Anne Allen
Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. She was born in Rugby, to an English mother and Welsh father. As a result she spent many summers with her Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to love the sea.
Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen 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.
By profession Anne was a psychotherapist but has long had creative itches, learning to mosaic, paint furniture, interior design and sculpt. At the back of her mind the itch to write was always present but seemed too time-consuming for a single mum with a need to earn a living. Now retired from the ‘day job’, theres more time to write and Anne has now published six books in The Guernsey Novels series. She will be publishing her seventh novel later in the year.
Read more details about the prize draw, including the Terms and Conditions on Anne Allen’s Website
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Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this review and good luck with winning the trip to Guernsey.