Thank you to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ for organising this tour and to Dizzy Greenfield and Matador Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Strays and Relations follows the story of Dizzy, whose search for her birth parents is sad, humorous, and in parts bizarre. Dizzy learns that she began life as a surviving twin, then was fostered until a permanent home was found.
Dizzy begins her search for her original identity. Why was she given up for adoption in the 1960s? Following a tenuous lead, she travels to Ireland with her best friend Sugar, but the trail takes a misleading turn. It ends in what they mistakenly believe is Dizzy’s mother’s grave.
Dizzy falls in love with Will, a blacksmith. But something is missing. Dizzy’s life changes when her birth father Tommy makes contact using a private detective. He reveals that her birth mother is alive and married to a man called Vernon. Now the bigger, trickier task lies ahead: working out how to fit the disparate bits of her life together. This is a book which will both amuse and touch readers’ hearts.
Strays and Relations manages sensitive subject matter with engaging wit and sharply-observed dialogue, and includes vivid descriptions of some rather unusual animals and people. It will appeal to readers who have encountered a recycled animal or family.
What a fabulously heartwarming and uplifting novel. That’s not to say its without it’s moments where tissues are needed. This novel/part memoir really touched a nerve with me as I am an adopter and i know theres a chance I may find myself supporting my daughter through similar events in the future.
I adored Dizzy’s approach to life, I laughed at her mishaps and mischief with her friend Sugar and I shed a tear at her most vulnerable times such as being pregnant and Tuesday the dog. Each chapter is told with such emotion and heart that you can’t help but be drawn into Dizzy’s life.
When describing her journey through meeting her biological family and the thoughts that accompanied her the honesty is refreshing to read. I am fully aware that aspects of the novel are embellished but I feel those parts were told to openly to not be true -surely.
Told with beautiful humour and emotion, this story is a must read for anyone
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I have lived in the West Country all of my life, but never in such a remote place as I do now – in the middle of the woods with rooks and bats. It may be remote but it’s never quiet in Dizzyland! When I’m not looking after the dogs, chickens and a six-toed cat, I help run a blacksmith’s forge with my partner.
My ideas come from humorous incidents in my own life, which I fictionalise. Strays and Relations is my first novel.
Before I began writing I had various jobs, including working in a wildlife park and as a youth worker.
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