Family Likeness Hardcover – 4 Jul 2013
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"A beautiful story of family and loss. Haunting and compelling. " (Lisa Jewell)
"A quickly engaging domestic mystery … gently ingenious" (Sunday Herald)
"Davies is an unfussy and intelligent storyteller with a gift for translating the complexities of ordinary lives into novelistic form" (Independent)
"This moving tale of life-long searches and accountability will pull at the heart strings" (The Lady)
"An absorbing, beautifully-written and very topical novel … Part mystery-novel, part historical, it is both readable and entertaining." (Amanda Craig, author of Hearts and Minds)
A vivid and affecting novel of loss, hope and long-held secrets set in the 1950s and the present daySee all Product Description
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Rosie has been a teacher at a cross-road in life. She gets herself employed as a nanny to a busy businessman who is travelling abroad leaving Rosie in charge of Ella and Bobby. Here we see another side to Rosie, the side that cares about the poor young girl who has no mother, the girl who doesn't get on with her teacher and the girl who is angry and resentful that her family is no longer complete. Rosie takes the children to Kenwood where both Ella and Rosie share an interest in Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate daughter of a Navy Captain and a West Indian woman. Here is another mixed race child whose life was dictated by her colour. Rosie wants her mother to read her files, to know where she came from but doesn't appreciate that Muriel doesn't share that same need.
This is an interesting look at families of all shapes and sizes and although this is underpinned by the issue of colour there is far more to this story, this story applies to all families. If you like well written books, with characters who matter after you have turned the last page, try this, a definite five star read.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for this honest review
by Caitlin Davis
As with 'The Ghost of Lily Painter', the first novel I read by Caitlin Davies, 'Family Likeness' captured my interest from the first page. The author dives straight into her story without any prelude or extensive scene setting, giving you an immediate glimpse into what her characters are about.
I couldn't help but empathize with Rosie, in her quest to find out why her mother, Muriel, was abandoned, left in a home at only four years old. Muriel barely remembers her mother and all anybody knows about her father is that he was a black American G.I..
True enough, because she had an unwed Caucasian mother, and a Negro G.I. father, she faced great disapproval and many obstacles. Back in England of the 50's, it was a difficult time for mixed marriages and for children of mixed race. Muriel, referred to as a 'half-caste' had little chance of finding even a foster home or ever experiencing any kind of family life. For many years she held on to the hope that her mother would return for her. This never happened and it clearly left a gaping hole in her life.
How does a mother abandon her child, no matter how tough and unfair the circumstances? There are many mysteries and to unravel in this story and not all questions are answered by the end. But Muriel's daughter, Rosie is set on finding out more about their lineage and wants to know why both parent didn't try harder to hold on to their daughter. Rosie's at a cross-road in her life. She's also a determined woman, who will go to great lengths to get what she wants. A little devious some might say, but in this case, I genuinely believe that the end justifies the means. Some may not agree.Read more ›
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A personal journey for Muriel, Rosie and Jonny 'Rooster'. A bewildered, lonely little girl who is 'different' from the rest. A determined resourceful young woman. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2014 by julia johnson
An author I'd not read before. This is a really good story, with three interconnected threads running through it, which the author weaves skilfully over and under, keeping momentum... Read morePublished on 24 May 2014 by Mirren Jones, Author of 'Eight of Cups'
I cannot put this book down..it is brilliant..and a great read for everyone.It is a must for all Caitlin Davies fans too..don't hesitate to buy a copy for your own collection..Published on 28 April 2014 by clive stewart
Caitlin’s story moves between three generations in two families – it will catch your attention from the beginning, give you a good read and make you think... Read more
I am one of those GI War Babes from WWII, I also admin a Facebook Group called GI & Family International Search with around 1200 members, all of whom like myself can fully relate... Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2014 by John
Whilst reading this book I found myself going on a journey with two very different characters. Muriel who expected very little from life and Rosie who expected so much. Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2014 by Rosie Canning
I took this book on holiday with me and found it a very enjoyable and easy read. Caitlin Davies not only has a good command of the English language, but she can weave a very... Read morePublished on 24 July 2013 by Michael Curran