Genie is dreading this Christmas. The gloomy days and frosty nights just serve to remind her that it is almost a year since she lost Anna her adoptive mother in a tragic accident. David is really worried about her. Genie has spent most of the year barely able to leave the house. She has given up her job, her hobbies and life has been on hold.
It is time to share a secret that he has been in possession of for over twenty years – the true identity of Genie’s birth mother. Hoping that it will help her to reconnect with the world David shares her name and her whereabouts and soon Genie finds herself setting off on her own for the south island of New Zealand. On a quest to find out where she came from and how her real mother could have given her away.
The thing that I love most about an Isabelle Broom book is the way that she always manages to transport you to another part of the world and makes you feel like you are right there with the characters. Reading One Winter Morning is like an advertisement for the New Zealand tourist industry. It makes you want to jump on a plane along with Genie and join her in her antipodean adventure. In equal parts heartbreaking and life affirming this is a beautiful story that will melt the hardest of hearts.
Supplied by Net Galley and Penguin in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication date: Oct 17 2019. 393 pages.
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