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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story!, 27 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Tangled Lives (Paperback)
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. I particularly enjoyed reading Ed's sections about how he was reacting to the events that were unfolding.

Tangled Lives is a heart-warming story about a family adjusting to a big secret, and the ripple effects that it has on each family member. There are a few surprises in the book that I really did not see coming, and that kept me wanting to read on more. Hilary Boyd is a clearly talented author who has written a wonderful, charming story which I'm sure will touch readers hearts.
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