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I used to love a Danielle Steel book as emotions would emanate from the words. A promise was a promise, the betrayal was one. Every word would make me feel deeply. But not in recent times.

This book too had a great concept. Finding Ashley a child who was given up for adoption 33 years ago, and Melissa who had lost everything in the present set out to find her, along with her sister Hattie. In Ireland.

The story started off slow with too many repetitive lines telling me about Melissa character. I got that she had lost her son and had become numb to emotions. I needed more from the lines to evoke my emotions.

It turned slightly interesting as the two sisters left for Ireland to find Ashley. The writing was clunky in places yet interesting in most. Both the sisters were developed beautifully over the pages. Their re-bonding after many years touched my heart too.

I liked this author for the complete story that she gave me in the book. It was a fast two hour, though not her best.

Do you find a change in this author’s style of writing? Or is it only me?


Rating: 3 out of 5.


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Melissa Henderson is leading a quiet life. Once a bestselling author, she now pours all her energy into renovating a Victorian house nestled in the foothills of rural New England. Six years ago, she lost her young son to cancer, and her marriage dissolved. She stopped writing. It was only when she bought the old house that Melissa found a purpose, and came alive as she made it beautiful again.

After a wildfire that threatens her home appears on the news, Melissa receives a call from her sister, Hattie. They were close once, but that was before Melissa withdrew from the world. Now Hattie, who became a nun at twenty-five, is determined to help Melissa turn a new page, even if it means reopening one of the most painful chapters of her life.

At sixteen, a pregnant Melissa was sent to a gloomy convent in Ireland to have— and give up—her baby, to spare the family shame. All these years later, Hattie feels compelled to embark on a journey that will change both their lives forever, and track down the child Melissa gave up.

Finding Ashley is a masterpiece of contemporary drama and tells a gripping story of the strength of the human spirit to chase an impossible dream. It is the story of two strong, brave women turning wrenching loss into reconnection, and a family reunited after bringing dark secrets into the light.


Publication Date: May 2021

I received a paperback from my friend, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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3 Responses

  1. Too bad, I know that sense of anticipation when you pick up a book from a favorite only to be bitterly disappointed by the actual reading of it.

  2. Nice review Shalini. I used to read everything she wrote, but I stopped several years ago as it got to be repetitive, same plot, different characters.

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