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The Adoption

Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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"I was fourteen when my Mother said that she needed to speak to me.... And then she told me - just like that. I was adopted. And what I felt was not shock or grief but the most enormous sense of relief." Growing up as the only child of strict, God-fearing parents, Lucilla has always felt her difference. But it is not till adulthood that she discovers the real reasons behind her adopted mother's often violent indifference. As for Harriet, she would have readily sent her longed for baby back if she could, having discovered she falls all too short of her expectations. And then there is Bethan, a young girl in 1940s Wales, whose only mistake is falling in love with the wrong man....

©2012 Anne Berry (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd, published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks

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  • 09-13-19

Fairly good ..

My first experience with this writer, she writes superbly and incredibly descriptive. At times, for me, too descriptive and many times during listening I thought "get on with it!". The book is pretty moving, a young girl has to have her baby adopted which really colours grey the rest of her life. The character tends to drone on and on and in honesty she got on my nerves. She falls in love with a German POW towards the end of World War II whilst he is working on her father's farm in Wales. The war ends but he decides to stay. They have fallen hopelessly in love and she gets pregnant. The girl who narrates as Meghan is brilliant, fantastic Welsh accent. We are introduced to the adoptee mother who is a nasty piece of work and Meghan's childhood is very unhappy with no love and she never ever feels as if she belongs. Annie Aldington's narrating is great as usual. The other female to feature is Meghan's daughter now adult. We hear about her own family, her life etc. She desperately wants contact with her mother... The ending was rather disappointing for me and it was something I foresaw earlier in the book. Although I didn't find this book fabulous I would most definitely read another by this author just to compare.