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Tainted Tree by [Luben, Jacquelynn]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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Everyone, it seems is seeking to find their identity through websites devoted to genealogy and TV programmes such as Who do you think you are? In addition, the search for a lost parent or child by adopted children, or the parents who gave them up, is of such great human interest that it is also often the focus of radio and television programmes.

Jacquelynn Luben's novel, Tainted Tree, tells the story of a similar quest and combines these themes, when Addie Russell, an adopted American girl, tries to find out about her English family.

About the Author

Originally from London, Jacquelynn Luben lives with her husband in a Surrey village, her children having fled the nest. Tainted Tree, her fourth book, is her second work of fiction and follows her novella, A Bottle of Plonk. She has also written many articles and short stories. When not writing, she has studied, first with Open University and subsequently at Surrey University, where she gained a degree in 2002, with a dissertation on the Harry Potter series, and she also helps her husband in his business. Tainted Tree won Second Prize at the Winchester Writers' Conference.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1349 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Goldenford Publishers Ltd (23 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FZ0NPM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Thoroughly recommend, characters well defined, well written story. Tear jerker in places but not spoilt by too many emotional outbursts. I hope she writes more books.
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I enjoyed this book. I had just finished a rather gritty novel by RJ Ellory, and this gentle journey into Addie's family past was the perfect antidote. I must say in this day and age it is a pleasure to find an Indie book that has no editing/proof reading mistakes. Apart from which, this is an easy read, and kept me interested to the last page.
Addie sets out to find more about the man who left her an English mansion in his will. We walk with her every step of the way as she uncovers layer after layer of a rather intriguing family past. In her present it is a love story and both threads have a feel-good ending. Tainted Tree is well worth the money and keeps the reader rooting for Addie all the way through.
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Quite a complicated start to this story of a girl from USA trying to get to the bottom of upbringing. Having grown up with foster parents and inherited a house froma a man called James in the UK. At first it is very diffult to follow with all the possible leads to her ancestory. Half way through the book there is a love interest which never really gets going until later and you think - why? Eventually the story gets better, and I am sure the author did an enourmous amount of research to get it right. I found myself enjoying it to wards the end and the it ends ......
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excellent read, surprises in every turn of the page, well written and imaginative, please write more like this following the family tree saga
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I haven't finished reading it yet, but Jacquelynn Luben is a good writer and I am enjoying the book so far. It is a good plot and I am enjoying the new information about her family that 'Addie' uncovers.
I've read some of the reviews for Tainted Tree, and I don't think I'm reading the same book as the one that the poorer reviews are aimed at! I have got to the part where Addie is supposedly spooked by the thunder storm, but she certainly doesn't tell her rescuer that she wants him!! That reviewer needs to make sure he/she has read the work correctly before criticising so harshly.
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I have previously only read a couple of Jacquie's short stories so I thought it was time I tackled something longer. This is a story of an American girl, adopted from birth after the death of her English mother. Addie finds she has inherited property and money from someone described as her mother's godfather. She comes to England to see the place, possibly to put it up for sale, and to find out more about the mystery of her family background.

Jacquelynn Luben is a classy writer. Her work is always clear, logical and uncluttered. Here she patiently displays for us the history of a family through 4 generations as discovered by Addie. Addie finds help from her benefactor's lawyer and his family. This is no dry genealogical tome, however. The author has the ability to descibe and evoke emotion so that we are drawn into the details of the story and we want, we need, to find out more. There is a sad family story which unfolds here and there's scope for the old discussion about nature or nurture as we see how the women's lives reflect one another down the years. Addie is a strong character though and her determination comes through. I enjoyed this book very much indeed.
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After her mother died in America giving birth to Addie she was adopted by a caring couple who brought Addie up as their own and whom she loved very much. However, always wanting to know more about her real parents Addie gets the chance when she inherits a house in England from her real mother's 'God father'. Given a month's leave from her work after a broken love affair with her boss, Addie comes to England not only to look at the house but also to see if she can find out more about her real family.

For those not into how to trace one's ancestors don't worry as there is not much about her going to the record offices etc. What she does concentrate on is letters which her mother sent to James the Godfather as a young girl and her mother's diary. Both of these I found quite tedious and I think a lot of it could have been skipped over by the author.

Up to about three-quarters of the way through I really got engrossed in the story but towards the end I was beginning to get rather bored. It was just so neat and chocolate boxy. The ending was very predictable so no surprises. I found the supporting characters viz the Graingers and the Amery family very real and without them the story would have been a bit flat.

It's a light read so if you don't want a complicated story then I would recommend this book.
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I'm happy to say I took Jacquelynn Luben's `Tainted Tree' on holiday with me. Initially, I thought I was in for a slow read, but that's only because it's a very different book to the type I've been reading lately. In reality, this book moves at a gentle, steady pace, perfectly in keeping with the story. A bequest leads American adoptee, Addie Russell, to Surrey in the UK where she will uncover facts about her past that are both painful and bittersweet. The exploration of both her family's history and self-discovery are a slowly unfolding journey of revelations that the reader takes almost as a ghost hovering on Addie's shoulders. Nothing is rushed; nothing is uncovered out of a logical, practical and perfectly paced sequence. I found the story refreshing, and although capable of making the reader tearful at times, well-balanced and realistic. The writer has said that every word in this book was necessary, and I quickly realised what she meant. I became as engrossed as Addie in the search for her past. A good and well above average summer read.
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