‘Sophie is a happy 18-year-old living in London with Anna, her Irish mother. Anna has devoted her life to Sophie. It may just be two of them – no father nor grandparents, no uncles nor aunts – but Anna has more than enough love to give. Sophie has everything she could ever need.
Laura is a not-so-happy artist. She too has a daughter, Mandy. But Laura is haunted by the loss of her first child, Jody. Happy-go-lucky as she is, Mandy lives in Jody’s shadow and wonders why her mother can never let go.
Both mothers carry secrets in their hearts and cannot forget the day their paths crossed. But a chance discovery is about to bring everything out into the open and mothers and daughters, love and lies, past and future, will all spectacularly collide…’
Firstly I would thank Catherine at Penguin for sending me a copy of This Child of Mine to review. I really appreciate it.
This book first starts with a young Laura and younger Anna. Anna is pregnant, after having 7 miscarriages she truly believes this baby is the one. Working as a teacher she sees a number of children poorly treated and is just so desperate to be a mum. she would an amazing mum. Whereas Laura is nineteen and pregnant after a one night stand. Laura didn’t want to keep the baby, but her mother begged her to keep the baby with promises of looking after it. Throughout her pregnancy she is getting drunk, smoking and embarrassing herself amongst her peers.
We see Anna go into early pregnancy and loose yet another baby. It breaks her and she realises that there is nothing left for her in Ireland, not even her marriage can survive yet more devastation and heartbreak. So she sets off for London ready to start afresh.
We see Laura give birth to a beautiful baby girl, Jody. Instantly we see her shun the baby and see her horror that her mum won’t be taking full responsibility, that she will be expected to bring the baby up. Laura constantly leaves the baby in her mums care and goes off drinking and gets into drugs, which Jody finds.
Years later in life we see that Anna has made an amazing life for herself and daughter Sophie, who she has dedicated her life to. Anna has lived her life through Sophie and done everything in her power to love her give her the best possible life.
For Laura it’s a different story, her daughter Jody died. Laura’s grief has taken over her and left her living half a life. With her new daughter Mandy she is suffocating her with love and fear of what happened to Jody.
This book, wow, it grabbed me instantly. The story develops quickly and what we see unfold is absolutely gripping. I found it impossible to put down.
What I found brilliant is how dramatic the story was yet how much it made me laugh too. Each character is loveable and no matter what you feel for them, even if you don’t agree with the characters actions you can’t help but have compassion for each of them.
I’ve seen reviews saying it was “unrealistic” etc. but isn’t that the point of fiction? It’s not real, it’s there to push the boundaries. And ok so the ending wouldn’t happen in real life, but I couldn’t help but love how it finished. I wanted it to end no other way.
This is the first book I’ve read by Sinead and I’m a fan. I loved how easy I was drawn in and how much I invested into the characters. I was made to feel angry, happy and sad and then made to cry A LOT! I love a book that provokes so many emotions, This Child Of Mine is one of those books.
Emotional, funny, compelling and just brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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