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Tangled Lives by [Boyd, Hilary]
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'a serious and mature read that puts the spotlight on the issues of family acceptance and loyalty ... engaging and interesting' Chicklitclub. (Chicklitclub)

'This well-observed tale of family life is told with warmth and sprinkled with a dash of humour' Candis. (Candis)

'Poignant, well observed and wonderfully written, this is a bit of a heart string-puller' Closer. (Closer)

'I was ripping through this book ... addictive' Evening Standard. (Evening Standard)

'At times, this is heartbreaking, yet is at heart a very human story about the complications arising from keeping secrets in family life' Image magazine. (Image magazine)

'a speedy, engrossing read' Take A Break. (Take A Break)

'This is a book which gets to the heart of what it means to be a mother as Annie tries to balance everyone's expectations' WI magazine. (WI magazine)

About the Author

Hilary Boyd trained as a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital, then as a marriage guidance counselor. After a degree in English Literature at London University in her thirties, she moved into health journalism, writing a Mind, Body, Spirit column for the Daily Express. She published six non-fiction books on health-related subjects before turning to fiction and writing a string of bestsellers, starting with Thursdays in the Park. Hilary is married to film director/producer Don Boyd.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1030 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (30 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089XJXTO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 995 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,407 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the first book I have read by Hilary Boyd, and it was such a fascinating read.

The story focuses on Annie, a mother of three grown-up children (Ed, Marsha and Lucy) with a thriving cake business, a loving husband and a beautiful home, she has a happy, happy life. But it turns out Annie has been harbouring a secret - She had a baby boy when she was 18 and gave him up for adoption after only a few days with him. Unexpectedly, Annie receives a letter from Social Services, her little boy is now a man in his thirties called Daniel, and he wants to meet her. This is wonderful news, and terrifying at the same time as her current children are unaware he even exists. What follows is the bombshell revelation and the aftermath of a family struggling to adjust to the new arrival...

Hilary Boyd has written this story with such care and delicacy regarding the subject matter. I've never read a story about a mother who has given up her baby for adoption, and the grown-up child coming back looking for answers, and I must say I was hooked from reading the blurb on the back alone. The story was very thought-provoking, as I read the pages it encouraged me to think about what I would do if I was in that situation. Would I keep a secret that big for so long? Would I feel able to tell my loving family that I'd given my first child up for adoption as a baby? I'm lending this book to my Nan after I have read it and I'm sure she will be equally as enthralled with the story as I was.

One thing I really did like about Tangled Lives was that we see things from not only Annie's perspective. Hilary Boyd has written chapters in showing things from her grown-up children's sides - it really adds to the story, making it very interesting and captivating, creating a new depth to the book.
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This is a very well crafted novel. I read it in one sitting! It isn't like a thriller that you can't put down but it is compelling and I just had to go on reading! I found the same about Hilary's first novel, Thursdays in the Park. She has the ability to get inside the character's heads and it all seems real...I would highly recommend this book!
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This is the author's second novel, the first being Thursdays in the Park which I read last year, featuring an older couple and their romance which is rather refreshing.

This latest title also features an older couple, Annie and Richard Delancey, married for years, grown up family and settled life. Though her husband knows, her children are unaware that Annie gave up a son for adoption when she was nineteen and now this son wishes to meet her. Overjoyed and delighted to see him it is not till later that she realises that her family are now as thrilled as she is to greet a new relative. Her son reacts with jealousy and doubt and though her two daughters are more welcoming, the entire family is thrown into disarray. Well written and perceptive I read this through in one sitting. My only criticism is of the resolution to an event which threatens to split the family totally - I guessed what the outcome would be and I felt, in a way, that it was the easy and obvious way out. Others may disagree, but apart from this, I thought this an enjoyable book.
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I found this book very interesting (although fiction!) because i have been in a similar situation, having given up children when I was young and trying to re-establish a relationship with them in later life. I was pleased that the author didn't make it all sweetness and light, but instead portrayed all the emotions that "real" people feel. Recommended read!
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There are a few anomalies in this story. Firstly, why would a happily married woman whose husband is aware of the adoption, choose to confide in a male friend, who came across as an overgrown teenager rather than her contemporary, and even involve him in the first meeting, in preference to her husband. After playing a major role in the opening chapters Jamie was then mentioned infrequently until towards the end, so was obviously not such a good friend. Secondly, why would the younger daughter be allowed to invite Daniel, who after all is a complete stranger to all but Annie, to stay in the family home for several weeks. It's also strange that Annie and Daniel appeared to spend no bonding time together during that period. Some of the characters just weren't believable and, although parts of the book were well written, the story didn't quite hang together.
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Perfect title for this book. The story is about the sometimes devastating consequences and stresses and strains faced by families with arrival of long lost family members they know nothing about particularly when it happens when they are adults.

Years ago Annie, had a one night stand with Charles Delancey and then never heard from him again. Months later she found out she was pregnant and was somewhat coerced into giving the baby up for adoption although she didn't want to keep the baby either and has felt guilty about that ever since. Fastforward 35 years and she has a fairly stable marriage and three grown up children, with the children knowing nothing of her past. When her long lost son Daniel tries to make contact and makes an entrance, the family is torn apart with jealousies particularly on the part of the son and husband who resent Daniel's entry into their lives and what they think is Annie's obsession with him. The girls are more relaxed although a little confused. In addition to this Annie has to make contact with Charles Delancey who knows nothing of his son Daniel's existence. That in itself causes old feelings to resurface. A false accusation by Annies son's girlfriend leads to Daniel leaving. As Annie unravels the truth the family slowly call a truce. I did wonder how Annie could really now be happy with Richard after his betrayal and Charles's confession. Maybe for the sake of the children and keeping the peace?

This is a wonderful book exploring todays complex relationships and how one family deals with it . Although 'Thursdays in the Park' is my favourite Hilary Boyd book , I did enjoy this one so much too as I can't even comprehend the situation this family find themselves in.
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