Friday 10 April 2020

BLOG TOUR ~ Mine by Clare Empson

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the final day for the Blog Tour for Mine by Clare Empson where I have a review from her latest novel. I was thrilled to be asked by Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers who organised this tour in conjunction with Orion Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else has taken part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this review so without further ado, here it is:

'Who am I? Why am I here? Why did my mother give me away?'

Meet Luke and his girlfriend Hannah, on the surface they seem to have a perfect life. He's an A&R man, she's an arts correspondent and they are completely devoted to their new-born son Samuel.

But beneath all this Luke has always felt like an outsider. So when he decides to search his birth mother Alice and finds her, the instant connection with her is a little like falling in love.

When Hannah goes back to work, Luke asks his mother Alice to look after their son. But Alice - fuelled with grief from when her baby was taken from her 27 years ago - starts to fall in love with Samuel. And Luke won't settle for his mother pushing him aside once again...

Well, what a read this was, I absolutely LOVED it. I wouldn't describe it as a psychological thriller more of a story of family, guilt, jealousy and relationships and at times was full of tension which are palpable on the pages. Told it a dual timeframe from both Alice's past to the lead up of Luke's birth and present. It also deals with the sensitive and hard-hitting issue of adoption which were dealt with perfectly and it was well researched and written in a very sensitive and compassionate manner. I don't want to say anymore incase I say something by accident but all I can say is go and get this to read over the Easter weekend, you won't regret it.

Mine is Clare's second novel, the first been Him which I will definitely read after reading this novel and they are both available in all good bookshops, libraries, on audio and on Kindle where they are both currently £1.99 and  at the time of the publication of this review but be quick as it's only for a limited time so grab it while you can but I can't wait to see what she produces next (no pressure, Clare).


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