Author – Dizzy Greenfield.
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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Publisher – Matador Books
Pages – 224
The Blurb –
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.
Today is my stop on the Strays and Relations blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – This is a brilliant first novel, made even more exceptional as it is a true story. It must have taken a lot of soul searching and bravery to lay yourself bare in this way and I congratulate the author for this.
The book follows Dizzy as she starts her journey to find her biological mother, and she is successful but first meets her father, then her mother. Dizzy explains the emotions of their first encounters and how the changing dynamics of her life, impact on the other members of her life. Her husband, her daughter and adopted mother are the pillars of her life and their feelings are discussed.
While her life is changing, Dizzy still has to continue with every day life and the introduction with the star of the book, Tuesday who will become Merlin. I laughed out loud at his antics, especially when he jumped over the fence on the man. I don’t want to ruin the story but the picture of him at the end of the book had me sobbing.
A truly great read and I look forward to reading more of her work.
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