Monday, September 14, 2015

Book Review: Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby

Ignoring Gravity (Rose Haldane, Identity Detective Book 1)
By Sandra Danby
Publisher: Beulah Press
Published: Nov. 21, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

Rose is adopted and doesn’t know it. 'Ignoring Gravity' connects two pairs of sisters separated by a generation of secrets. Finding her mother’s lost diaries, Rose begins to understand why she has always seemed the outsider in her family, why she feels so different from her sister Lily. Then just when she thinks there can’t be any more secrets…

This is the first in a series of novels about Rose Haldane, identity detective. This is what some of the early reviewers said: “Drama? Check. Suspense? Check. Romance? Check. Will-they-won’t-they? Check. Great twists? Check, check, check! I am pleased to say this story has them all and then some.”

“'Ignoring Gravity' is just the book to take with you to the beach this summer. It has everything you need: romance, family drama, humour – and some moments guaranteed to make you tearful.”

“There is a twist at the end which unexpectedly gave me the shivers as I contemplated history repeating itself. A well written book with a story which will keep you turning the pages. Thoroughly recommended.”

“This is the perfect summer read; I read this sprawled in the garden, under the sun. It really is the perfect mix of drama, family, love, discovery and friendship.”

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My Thoughts:

Imagine discovering you’re adopted. You find out from reading your mother’s diary after she has passed away. Your father and grandmother are still alive and neither of them has thought to mention it to you. Sudden identity crisis? Yes!

Rose wants to know who she is and who her birth parents are since she feels she never really fit into her family. As a journalist she has the skills to do the research required to get the information. What she finds totally surprises her.

Ignoring Gravity is full of twists and turns and surprises. There are hidden family secrets and lies that should have been brought out into the open years ago. Heartache abounds but wounds heal.

There really are a lot of surprising twists and turns in this novel. Ignoring Gravity was a compelling read that was difficult to put down. I think for Rose it must have been quite an awful shock to find out the way she did. If I were an adopted child, I would rather be told I was adopted by my adoptive parents rather than discover it by accident as an adult.

I thought there were some interesting insights as to how adoptions were handled in the 1950s and ’60s compared to how they are handled today and the sensitivity (or lack of sensitivity) towards the birth mother.

I gave Ignoring Gravity 5 stars out of 5 for being a thought-provoking read on a sensitive and sometimes difficult subject. Knowing who you are and where you came from is important whether you are adopted or not.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Author and journalist. Book lover. Tea drinker. Proud Yorkshirewoman.

Sandra’s first novel 'Ignoring Gravity', about two sisters linked by a generation of secrets, is available now at Amazon. She is currently writing the second novel in the series about Rose Haldane: Identity Detective. In 'Connectedness', journalist Rose travels to Spain as she unravels the adoption story of famous artist Justine Tree. What is Justine hiding about her time at art school in Malaga, can the truth be found in Justine's art? 'Connectedness' will be published in 2016. For more information go to

Her short stories and flash fiction have been published online and in two anthologies: 'Diaspora City' [Arcadia Books], and 'The Milk of Female Kindness' [Kasia James] - both available from Amazon.

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