My Mother's Shadow Paperback – 21 Sep 2017
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Addie feels she has never been able to live up to her mother's expectations and because of that while her mother was alive their relationship was often strained. It is only after the death of her mother and the fact the family have come together to mark the 1st anniversary of her death that a surprise visitor turns up. A Phoebe Roberts arrives on their doorstep claiming to be the long lost daughter of Elizabeth Harington, and not only that but Addie's twin sister.
Addie's other sister Venetia is less than welcoming to the prospect of a new sister. However, as things start to slide into place and information is uncovered Addie realises there was a lot about her mother that she didn't know. As she and Phoebe uncover their mother's past and form a bond as twin sisters do they learn how one of them was kept and one of them was given up for adoption. Set in 1999 as well as 1958 it gives insight to the changing attitudes towards single motherhood in the post war years and a modern age.
Addie is also an under appreciated pastry chef with yearnings to start her own café and trying to convince her best friend since childhood (Andrew) that she doesn't want to go into business with him is stickier than an iced bun. She has started to see him in a different light (which has been coming on gradually for a while) but doesn't 100% trust her feelings or that his might be warming towards her.Read more ›
Addie's mother Elizabeth died in an accident a year ago, her family, particularly her husband, are still struggling with their loss. An unexpected visitor turns up, making the shocking claim that she is Addie's sister, a long lost daughter of Elizabeth. At first the Addie and her strident sister Venetia cannot believe it, but as Addie begins to investigate, she wonders if maybe Phoebe is telling the truth.
The strand set in the late 1950s sees young Elizabeth sent away from her London home where her mother is dying, she travels to a beautiful country house called Hartland to stay with the Shaw family, and a whole host of other young guests who have arrived for the summer. Here, an innocent young girl feels the first flush of love which sets in motion a string of events which will alter everyone's lives forever.
More of the book is set in the present day (well it's 1999), and I enjoyed following Addie and Phoebe's delving into the past to uncover Elizabeth's secrets and the truth.
This is an enjoyable read and I would look out for the author's next book.
Sorry but this book didn't work for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
'My Mother's Shadow' is a novel telling the story of a woman called Addie, whose mother Elizabeth died suddenly a year prior to the start of the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melanie Pratt
This is another of those wonderful books that spans a generation and ties up all sorts of events and hidden mysteries. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Ferngrove
This book took me a while to really get into because I am not a big fan of dual time frames anymore - l,think possibly because I have read too many. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. C. Swarfield