“A poignant and well-written novel, the author brings out the conflicts in Eve’s mind very well. The raw pain and emotions are well captured.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
Eve Carruthers, a student counsellor, and her husband Ken, a shop-owner are caught off-guard, when their newly married daughter, Jess, inquires if anyone in the family is a carrier of the cystic fibrosis gene. Since her husband, Ram, is a carrier; it’s important for Jess to find out if her family lineage has the carrier gene, as that will affect their family planning and chances of having healthy children.
Eve is forced to admit to Jess that she’s adopted, and that she has hidden this fact from Jess. Understandably, Jess is shocked. For Jess’s sake, Eve decides to dig into her past – though she herself has never wanted to find out the truth.
She asks her parents, Mary and Russell, about the circumstances of her birth leading upto the adoption. In the process, she uncovers a startling secret, which threatens to rock her world.
As she begins her quest, to find out her biological mother, it turns into a personal journey of discovery and self-worth. Her quest for the truth affects her relationship with Ken and Jess.
Will she be able to trace her roots?
In her journey to seek the truth, will she alienate those people who mean the world to her?
A poignant and well-written novel, the author brings out the conflicts in Eve’s mind very well. The raw pain and emotions are well captured.
Is it a parent’s cold neglect?
Or is it circumstances that could lead to such actions?
Adoption is a sensitive topic.
And the situation even more stressful, complex and complicated for the parents, who have shown unconditional love and support for the children they adopted, believing them to be their own and the children in search of their birth parents.
This book deftly deals with the importance of family, support, forgiveness, love and essentially, hope.
Mothers, natural or adoptive, only hold in their hearts a lot of care, pride, protection and love towards their children.
And that, remains the crux of this story.
My rating: 4.5/5
Added 13th August 2018