by Tannis Laidlaw
Yet another tale about the angst, misery and heartache surrounding child adoption. Ho hum.
Or so I thought until I started to read this well-crafted story about an ordinary young mother who is driven to extraordinary acts to be with her child.
Following the mother and child for fifty years and halfway across the world the reader builds up a rapport with them and gets to answer the question the author asks “Is kidnapping your birth child a criminal act?” She might well have asked does the end justify the means?
The author’s descriptive powers are such that I felt the enervating humidity of Auckland which was not surprising as I have experienced it, but I have never felt the bone aching cold of a Winnipeg winter and I felt that just as keenly through her writing.
This novel definitely comes into the good read category to the point where the unbelievable becomes believable and where minor inconsistencies can be easily ignored.
Well done Tannis Laidlaw.
Publisher: Forth Estate Ltd
ISBN-13: 9781477487372 ISBN-10: 1477487379
Available for Kindle at Amazon; for most other e-formats at Smashwords.
Paperback from Amazon, CreateSpace, Fishpond (NZ)