Sunday 1 December 2019

One Winter Morning
Isabelle Broom

Julie Williams

As it's the start of advent today, I thought I would put a lovely, feel good, wintery review on the blog! You can read my lovely friend, Julie William's review of this fab story below.

Genie isn't feeling very festive this December.
The frosty mornings and twinkling fairy lights only remind her it's been a whole year since she lost her adoptive mother, who took her in as a baby and raised her as her own.
She's never felt more alone - until she discovers her birth mother's identity.
And where to find her: New Zealand, half the world away.
Travelling there could be her one chance to meet the woman who gave her up.
But will she find the answers she has been looking for? Or something she could never have expected?

This lovely story oozes a whole host of mixed emotions, love, loss and friendship to name a few.  It held my attention throughout and I can definitely say that it is a great read.

When Genie is faced with a Christmas without her adopted Mum Anna, the guilt she holds over her death almost a year ago triggers her to get on a plane to New Zealand in the hope of finding her biological Mum Bonnie.

Genie has many unanswered questions, the main one being why she abandoned her as a baby. Armed with Anna’s memory book she settles down on the long flight and begins an emotional journey.

On arrival, Genie wastes no time in her search but discovering her Mother has flown to England!  This devastating blow is softened by Tui the gorgeous young girl with learning difficulties who is revealed as her sister.

As she learns more about Bonnie, a shared passion of horses enhances the connection between them and this helps her with her own demons. A spark with Kit a worker at the stables helps her grief with his kindness and honest nature.

Bonnie meanwhile, on the other side of the world in England, is not being so brave so decides to write her story while being holed up at an old friends home. Having found herself pregnant at 18 and in a different country away from her family, Bonnie had some pretty tough decisions which affected her life daily.

One Winter Morning is packed with some great characters which I warmed to straight away and of course the beautiful descriptive scenery of New Zealand.

My thanks to Net Galley for the ARC digital copy and to Julie for putting this review on her blog.

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