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Family Likeness Hardcover – 4 Jul 2013

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091944171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091944179
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.7 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,191,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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A vivid and affecting novel of loss, hope and long-held secrets set in the 1950s and the present day

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By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Aug. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a book which has all the ingredients mixed together to tell a great story. In the 1950's Muriel is taken to a home by her mother. Muriel is of mixed race and just four years old. Through Muriel's narration we follow her through her time in the home through to adulthood and the birth of her daughter Rosie. Rosie also narrates part of the book. She is angry on behalf of her mother, she wants her mother to have been wanted, not to have been brought up in `care' and when Rosie wants something she goes and gets it.

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
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Rosie is a qualified primary school teacher who, bitterly disappointed, has resigned from her job after failing to win the deputy headship at the school she has been working in for six years. In the street one morning Rosie encounters Jonas Murray: tall, handsome and well-dressed, and out with his two children: nine-year-old, Ella, and toddler, Bobby, struggling to cope by himself. When Rosie steps in and prevents Ella being knocked over by a bicycle, Jonas is impressed by Rosie's quick handling of a potentially dangerous situation and, when he discovers she works with children, he wants to know if she is looking for work. And so Rosie finds herself being employed as nanny to Ella and Bobby, and when Jonas flies off to America for six weeks, Rosie is left in sole charge of the children which means moving into Jonas's handsome, three-storey house in one of the more genteel roads in North London. Whilst looking after Ella and Bobby, Rosie visits Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath, a former stately home, now owned by English Heritage where, amongst the family paintings, Rosie finds a portrait of a richly dressed, young black woman whom, she later discovers was the illegitimate daughter of a member of the English nobility. Fascinated, and feeling a strange kinship with the young woman, Rosie decides to carry out some research into the young woman's life - but Rosie also has several other things to occupy her time, for we learn that her meeting with Jonas was not entirely coincidental, and she has an ulterior motive for moving into the Murray family home...Read more ›
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The first book I have read by Caitlin Davies - it won,t be the last. A very interesting story, well written and researched, especially life in the childrens home in the early 50's, and where the young 4 year old Murial is left by her mother. As an adult Murial would rather forget those years, but her only daughter, Rosie, is determined to find where her mother,s origins lay. So there is mystery and a lot of sleuthing. There are strands to this story, which all come together well. If I have a critisism at all, it is with the character Jonus. He never seems wholly credible. I did enjoy this book and would recommend.
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I loved this book. It is a rich and utterly compelling narrative that weaves through the lives of Rosie Grey, as she searches for her grandfather, and her mother, who grew up in a children's home. As Rosie explores her family's past and her own identity, the story of her grandfather, an American GI, and the events that led to her mother's abandonment begin to emerge. It is a very human and beautifully written story that gives a poignant and powerful insight into the lives of the many children who were affected by WW2 in this way. Highly recommended!
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'Family Likeness'

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.
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