Tuesday 3 December 2019

One Winter Morning by Isabelle Broom @Isabelle_Broom @MichaelJBooks #OneWinterMorning

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?

One Winter Morning by Isabelle Broom was published in paperback by Michael Joseph on 17 October 2019. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review.

I am never disappointed by Isabelle Broom's writing. Her stories are always a wonderful mixture of romance, feisty females and travel. In One Winter Morning her readers are taken on a journey across the world to New Zealand, in the company of two fabulous female lead characters.

Despite the title, and the cover, this is not a chilly book! It does begin at Christmas time in Britain but most of the story is set in warm, exotic New Zealand; a place that this author brings to life; she's certainly sold it to me!

Genie has had a very bad year. She's spent most of the past twelve months hiding away from life; work; family and friends. Her beloved adoptive mother Anna died tragically last Christmas and her emotions have totally taken over her life. Deepest sorrow, mixed with guilt and regret have rendered her useless. When her adoptive father (and Anna's husband), David tells her something that has been kept from her for many years.

Her birth mother is alive and well, is called Bonnie and lives in New Zealand. David thinks that Genie would benefit from meeting her.  At first, Genie is distraught and wants nothing to do with Bonnie, however she eventually changes her mind, and embarks upon a journey that will really change her life.

The author tells Genie's story but also skilfully includes Bonnie's narrative, in the form of a story that she writes for Genie. This is story telling at its very best; compelling, engaging and heart-warming.

One Winter Morning is beautifully written, in what has become this author's trademark style. Her characters are carefully created, becoming as familiar and as loved as the dearest of friends.
A skilled author who can do no wrong in my eyes, I heartily recommend this read.

Isabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980s began and studied Media Arts in London before joining the ranks at Heat magazine, where she became the Book Reviews editor. Always happiest when she is off on an adventure, Isabelle now travels all over the world seeking out settings for her novels, as well as making the annual pilgrimage to her true home - the Greek island of Zakynthos. 
Currently based in Suffolk, where she shares a cottage with her dog Max and approximately 467 spiders, Isabelle fits her writing around a busy freelance career and tries her best not to be crushed to oblivion under her ever-growing pile of to-be-read books.

Website : www.isabellebroom.com
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