Strays and Relations
Strays and Relations follows the story of Dizzy, whose search for her birth parents is sad, humorous, and in parts bizarre. Dizzy learns that she began life as a surviving twin, then was fostered until a permanent home was found. Dizzy begins her search for her original identity. Why was she given up for adoption in the 1960s? Following a tenuous lead, she travels to Ireland with her best friend Sugar, but the trail takes a misleading turn. It ends in what they mistakenly believe is Dizzy’s mother’s grave. Dizzy falls in love with Will, a blacksmith. But something is missing. Dizzy’s life changes when her birth father Tommy makes contact using a private detective. He reveals that her birth mother is alive and married to a man called Vernon. Now the bigger, trickier task lies ahead: working out how to fit the disparate bits of her life together. This is a book which will both amuse and touch readers’ hearts. Strays and Relations manages sensitive subject matter with engaging wit and sharply-observed dialogue, and includes vivid descriptions of some rather unusual animals and people. It will appeal to readers who have encountered a recycled animal or family.
The review: I have to admit I was a little bit worried about reading this, adoption and catholic Ireland being something I think about a lot, as being an Irish catholic (I go to mass on and off but hold a lot of beliefs, and know some lovely priests, but hate what Irish history is and how cruel catholic Ireland was to so many people) and was relieved when it didn’t become all about that.
I read it on a train, aptly enough, a s this is very much a story about a journey and I settled into Dizzy’s one nicely. The book was full of homeliness, warmth and some nice little chuckle out loud moments. Had it been any other day actually I think I’d have cried in parts too, but it just wasn’t that day (I know, it’s weird, some days the waterworks overflow, others-nothing!) and I nodded on reaching a conclusion that was nicely done. Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to be part of the blog tour and for the book in return for an honest review.
About the author
Author Bio – I have lived in the West Country all of my life, but never in such a remote place as I do now – in the middle of the woods with rooks and bats. It may be remote but it’s never quiet in Dizzyland! When I’m not looking after the dogs, chickens and a six-toed cat, I help run a blacksmith’s forge with my partner.
My ideas come from humorous incidents in my own life, which I fictionalise. Strays and Relations is my first novel.
Before I began writing I had various jobs, including working in a wildlife park and as a youth worker.
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