Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Another Mother by Amanda James

Adopted at birth, for years Lu has secretly dreamt of finding her birth mother but childhood bullying has left her with a lack of confidence. When a tragic accident changes her life forever it sets her on a mission to get in contact with her birth mother and find out the reasons behind her adoption.
When she tracks down her mother in Cornwall there is an emotional reunion and the pair begin to form a relationship.
But is everything as wonderful as it appears or has Lu walked into a nightmare?

At first this book seems to be an innocent story of a bereaved girl trying to find her birth mother after the death of her adopted mother; but this was written by Amanda James so I knew it would not be as straightforward as that. I wasn't wrong, and as the tension built in the story I couldn't put the book down wondering what menace was around the next corner.
Alongside the tension are the lovely characters of Lu and Rosie. Young women who don't see the bad in anyone and are just looking for a nice life. When Lu meets her birth mother she has no cause to doubt anything she says and opens her heart and welcomes her in.
I think this scenario makes us curious. Would you feel an instant connection meeting your birth mother after twenty odd years or more? Or would she be a stranger whom you felt nothing for? 
The author's descriptions of the sights and sounds of Cornwall made the setting for the book come alive for me. The lovely cottages and shops and walks by the harbour.
The story builds to a crescendo during the last third of the book, so pour a glass of wine before you reach it as you'll probably need it to cope with the suspense. 
I won't give anymore of the storyline away, that would spoil it for the next reader. 
Amanda James just gets better with each book she writes. A cracking good read!
Out now in paperback or for kindle download.


  1. There's a show here called Long Lost Family, about people looking for children they gave up or adults looking for birth parents and families. It's always good for a few tears when the reunions take place.

    1. We have that show here too and I love it,but trust me you wouldn't want to meet the mother in this book!


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