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The characterisation is excellent and the two sisters, their parents, partners, friends and colleagues are vibrant and come alive as the story evolves. It's an emotional novel and the reader readily shares the emotion but it's never sentimental. The issues explored are handled sensitively by the author although she doesn't hold back in tackling their complex difficulties.
Ignoring Gravity is a very well-constructed novel with a plot which keeps the reader's close attention throughout. The plot takes some unexpected turns along the way but reaches a satisfying resolution in the end. Highly recommended.
Rose's sister Lily is married to William. Lily is trying for a baby to the point of obsession. Their mother has recently passed over and together they are sorting through all her belongings when they discover a set of diaries. Rose is left reeling when she discovers evidence that she was adopted. Her father is struggling with his own grief and is unable to offer Rose the support or the answer she needs.
Going into full scale research mode, Rose begins an adoption search process. She's shocked when she is given a copy of her birth certificate and needs to find more answers to quench her thirst for her new extended family. Both Rose and Lily seek comfort and support as they go on a roller-coaster ride of life. Memories are dug up and old wounds opened and some are finally healed. The final piece of the puzzle slips into place just as Rose decides it's no longer healthy to be so obsessed with her search.
Sandra did a fantastic job writing about all the adoption processes and emotions that would be involved for anyone wanting to find their real parents. I thought the articles that Rose was also writing for work played an important role too. They could have been just some of the reasons why couples adopt children. All in all a really great read.
This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
The underlying theme throughout Ignoring Gravity is relationships – either family relationships or romantic relationships – and I thought the author’s writing was strong and sensitively done. The adoption is of course the main theme here and I was fascinated with learning more about Rose’s real parents, why she was adopted and how her upbringing was affected. I can’t even begin to imagine how it must feel to find out your family isn’t actually your real family after all – though I do know I’d be a complete emotional wreck – and so I loved how, instead of it all being tears and drama, Rose quickly started using her journalistic ability to her strength and began investigating, to discover who she really was. With each secret uncovered, I was gripped and intrigued to learn more. At times I felt Rose was oblivious to how her adoption would affect more people than just her, and at times I thought she came across a bit cold, but then it’s kind of impossible to judge how you’d react to such a situation…
Lily’s story was just as enjoyable to read too. She’s hurting herself, after another failed attempt to become pregnant. Her husband seemed to not care much at all and this only lead to more desperation from Lily, who I couldn’t help but sympathise with. Again, the author wrote Lily’s thoughts and actions with sensitivity and I thought the writing was brave, given that this debut novel tackles some pretty hard-hitting issues. I loved how, though Lily and Rose both had quite different individual issues to work though, their stories interlinked. As Rose is working, her articles and research delve into infertility and as Lily tries to learn more about her struggles to conceive, she finds out things which could help Rose on her way to discovery and so even though they’d lost the relationship name they once had, it was quite touching how they could still help each other. The writing was emotive and expressive and I thought their characters both showed a lot of courage.
There was more to Ignoring Gravity than the adoption but I liked how the author packed a lot into this story without anything distracting from what was such a life changing theme. I loved the introduction of Nick, Rose’s love interest. He seemed like such a considerate, thoughtful character and I liked how as he strived to help Rose, their relationship developed in a kind of low-key, plausible fashion. The twists in this book definitely came into the main storyline, and there were quite a few as you would expect. I thought they were all worked wonderfully in the way that they were captivating, and I found myself as eager to learn about Rose’s biological family as she was herself. There was one twist towards the end that I felt had been coming for a while, and wasn’t as unpredictable as I was hoping it might turn out, but it didn’t really impact how I felt on what was a well-written novel full of real, flawed characters and real feelings. It shows the reader the importance of trust and honesty and I felt it had a satisfying ending which also left me excited to read more from a promising author.
*Book received for honest review.
I did like the supporting characters too - particularly her grandma Bizzie and Maggie. At times I wasn't sure if there was a need for the storyline with Nick but it created a diversion and made her a more likeable character.
I would recommend this book for an interesting read, particularly for those interested in adoption. Sandra Danby references the book by Nicky Campbell, my "favourite" adoption tale.
Thank you to the publisher for a free advance copy in return for a fair and honest review.
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