Thank you to Annette Sills for reaching out to me to review her latest novel My Mother’s Children.
Irish Mancunian Carmel Doherty’s life is unravelling. She has just lost her mother Tess and brother Mikey, her marriage to Joe is coming apart at the seams and her thirty-year friendship with Karen is on the rocks.
While clearing out her childhood home, Carmel discovers that her mother gave birth to a baby in an Irish Mother and Baby home when she was sixteen, a place notorious for its mass burial of babies and illegal adoptions.
Carmel goes on a quest for the truth about her troubled mother’s past. Her roller-coaster journey takes her from her comfortable Manchester home to the west of Ireland and to London’s theatre land. It’s a journey that leads her to ask: Can we ever escape our own family history or is our destiny in our DNA?
A percentage of the author’s royalties will be donated to ICAP, a mental health Charity offering therapy for the Irish in Britain
Wow, what a rollercoaster read My Mother’s Children was. It was, at times truly heartbreaking to read but it was so enjoyable and full of love. It had me engrossed from the start with plenty of twists and turns throughout.
My Mother’s Children is a wonderfully written novel. This was the first book I have read by this author and it most certainly won’t be the last. It was an absolute gem to read. It has really left a lasting impression on me.
Annette Sills was born in Wigan, Lancashire to parents from County Mayo, Ireland. Her short stories have been longlisted and shortlisted in a number of competitions including the Fish Short Story Prize, the Telegraph Short Story Club, Books Ireland Magazine and the emigration anthology Something about Home. Her first novel, The Relative Harmony of Julie O’Hagan was was shortlisted in Rethink Press New Novels Competition 2014. Her second, My Mother’s Children, was published by Poolbeg Press in March 2021. Annette currently lives in Manchester with her husband and two children.
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