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She had it. Someone else wanted it and took it. Then couldn’t cope up with it and gave it away. But suddenly wanted it back. The ‘it’ I spoke of wasn’t a thing but a baby who was passed around according to the whims of the ladies. My Sister’s Child by Alison James had pathos along with mystery for the child which was lost to both women.
Lizzie Armitage, an alcoholic, gave birth and the child disappeared. Her sister Paula was the only one who knew about her pregnancy. But with Lizzie’s death, nobody knew or bothered to know about the child. Paula was determined to find her but was unsuccessful. Years later, she met a common friend who knew about the baby. And the search was on…
A parallel storyline told me the story of Charlotte’s life and teenage pregnancy, who was determined to be with the baby father even when he hated her. Both the story lines were linked as the pages turned.
Having read earlier books of the author, I was quite eager to start this one. The cover too lured me in. The plot was easy to guess. Paula was enthusiastic in her search for the child; her characterization stood out for me. Teenage love was well depicted, but for the life of me, I didn’t understand the mindset of the teen who was desperate to live with a boy who used and threw her and wanted nothing to do with pregnancy.
The book caught its second wind when Charlotte’s baby too disappeared. A definite case of history repeating itself. The perp was a surprise. Overall, the story filled me with pain for the baby which was tossed around. But all was well that ended well.
The story was the truth of life. The one who wanted the most, never got it. And the one who didn’t want it, got it in surplus. The mysteries of pregnancy and infertility would forever remain in the hands of nature.
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She rolls over and reaches for her instinctively: her baby. Her hand hits air and flaps redundantly. She stumbles out of bed and switches on the light. But this only confirms it. The baby is gone. Someone has taken her.
Sixteen years ago, Lizzie Armitage woke to find her newborn baby gone. Just days later, Lizzie was dead.
Her sister Paula swore she would do everything she could to find the child. If she hadn’t promised to keep Lizzie’s pregnancy secret, maybe the baby wouldn’t have disappeared. And maybe Lizzie would still be alive. But, in nearly a decade, Paula’s never found any trace. Until now…
When Paula bumps into an old friend from the past, she realises she wasn’t the only one who knew about her sister’s child. Someone knows what happened that day. Someone knows where Lizzie’s baby went.
But can Paula find out the truth before another family is ripped apart?
Publication Date: November 2020
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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Nice review Shalini. I have read mixed reviews on this one, but it does sound interesting. I will give it a go, but I heard her last book was better.
This was okay. You may just like it if you don’t expect mystery
Oh my! This book sounds so good. Very mind-boggling, but I like that. Great review!
Thank you so much Tessa.
Good review, Shalini. 🙂
Thank you so much Debjani
I think I would despise all of these people, with intensity.
hahahaha are you in the tour?
A missing child, oh no! This sounds like a nail biter.
nice review, but, ah, no–just no
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** Who is Adhikari – Authorised to know the Great Knowledge of Vedas- Books of God.
** Revised Detailed outlines of all four Vedas Ganan-Kanda [ Chapters of Supreme Knowledge ].
** A person who wishes the Liberation / Salvation or Emancipation from the materialistic world & attains Mortal & Immortal wisdom, control over the materialistic wishes.
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** Revised/updated: How He –the JIvatma Returns Once Again in Maanav Aavart – Mrutyu Loka? Instead, He never returns to the World on Earth or does not take rebirths again & again in the Reign/Regime of Mrutyuloka (DeathAdobe) / In This Universe/ World of Death. He attains Moksha / Mukti / Complete Salvation / Liberation / Emancipation of SELF / AtmaSakshatKaar.
** Updated: This book shows how to go to uncovering the unknown layers of ignorance & illusion to realize One’s-SELF. This leads to Moksha, Mukti or Nirvana [ Liberation / Salvation or Emancipation ], which every human seeker wishes to break the cycle of Birth & Death. It is a Birth Right for the Self-Realization of every Human Being On Earth.
** But who cares to attain this state. In thousands of Human Being rarely try to achieve Moksha Siddhi. Everybody mostly bound to his Karma Bandhan. God circulates all- Sarva Jivatmas as if loaded on a Machine by His Great Daivy Triguna-mayi Maaya. It is very difficult to go beyond Guna Mayi Maaya.
**If you want Your-‘SELF’ [ Your-Jivatma ] do not wish to Circulate through 84-Lacs of Yonis [ Birth in Different Type of Bodies i.e. Elephant, Mosquito, Dog. Cat etc.] HOW MANY?-Eighty Four Lacs…during Span of Thousands of Janma-Mrutyu [ Birth-Death ] Circle that you cannot break due to Your Karma Fruited [Deeds-Outcome], then REALIZE-YOUR-SELF’ There is no other way to Get Rid Out of these.
** Human body is having Three Layers of Body / Deha /Sharira First: Sthoola Sharira – Materialistic Body, made of Panch MahaBhoota which is seen by Naked Eye and Experienced by Touch Sense [Sparsh Indriya] by Hand, Avasthaa is Jagruta [ Awakened State of Body ].
** Second: Minute Body [Sukshma Sharaira] made of 17 Tattvas [ Panch Gyanendriya + Panch Karmendriya + Panch Praan + Mann +Buddhi ] which can not be seen by the naked eye. Remains until Jivatma Attains Final Self-Realization / Moksha / Mukti / Salvation / Emancipation. It may be of Thousands of Janmas & Mrutyus / Birth & Death. Experienced in Swapna Awasthaa [ In Deha Avasthaa / Sleeping State of Body ]
** Third: Kaaran Sharira [Causal Body]. In this Jivatma Does not See Swapna [ Illusionary Impact of Mind ] Deha Avasthaa is Gaadha Nindra [ Deep Sleep State of the body ]
** To Eliminate all of these Three Shariras [ Three Bodies] One – the Jivatma MUST attain Self Realization/ Complete Salvation / Liberation / Emancipation of SELF / AtmaSakshatKar.
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THANKS FOR REPLY…
Shalini, a lovely review and you capture the story well. I’m intrigued but I feel that is perhaps wasn’t as an intense and mysterious read as you had expected?
Didn’t the person who took away baby heard about adoption!! Stupid and desperate decision can ruin innocent life. I wouldn’t read this as it will only make mad. Great review!