Genie isn’t feeling very festive this December.
The frosty mornings and twinkling fairy lights only remind her it’s been a whole year since she lost her adoptive mother, who took her in as a baby and raised her as her own.
She’s never felt more alone – until she discovers her birth mother’s identity.
And where to find her: New Zealand, half the world away.
Travelling there could be her one chance to meet the woman who gave her up.
But will she find the answers she has been looking for? Or something she could never have expected?
Unfortunately tragic things happen daily. When you read about them in the papers or hear about them on the news, your heart goes out to the victims and their families. You count your blessings that your family is still safe and sound.
But one day it’s your life that is turned upside down. It’s bad, but it’s even worse when your are convinced you are to blame.
Result: you hide away from everything and everybody until someone thinks it’s time to do something about it. You are shocked by what you are told, but also intrigued and with a few (not so small) pushes you embark on an adventure.
Will a trip to the other end of the world cure you? Will you find what you came for or does life decide to give you some extras?
I think it’s the first time I read a book taking place in New-Zealand. It’s a part of the world you don’t hear a lot about and for me it was a nice change. I was not only captivated by the beautiful story, but also by the beautiful country. If I did not dislike flying so much, I would already be busy browsing the travel guides.
I loved the story. It filled with emotions and Tui most certainly was my favourite character. I not only loved her, but I also loved the way the people surrounding her were treating her. 5 stars.
Thank you, Isabelle Broom and Penguin
About the author
Isabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980s began and studied Media Arts in London before joining the ranks at Heat magazine, where she remains the Book Reviews Editor. Always happiest when she off on an adventure, Isabelle now travels all over the world seeking out settings for her novels, as well as making the annual pilgrimage to her true home – the Greek island of Zakynthos. Currently based in Suffolk, where she shares a cottage with her dog Max and approximately 467 spiders, Isabelle fits her writing around a busy freelance career and tries her best not to be crushed to oblivion under her ever-growing pile of to-be-read books.
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