- By Sinéad Moriarty

This Child of Mine

  • Title: This Child of Mine
  • Author: Sinéad Moriarty
  • ISBN: 9780241950593
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • This Child of Mine Sin ad Moriarty s breathtaking eighth novel This Child of Mine is the story of two daughters two mothers and the extraordinary bond of motherly love It s a unique blend of the storytelling genius o

    Sin ad Moriarty s breathtaking eighth novel, This Child of Mine, is the story of two daughters, two mothers and the extraordinary bond of motherly love It s a unique blend of the storytelling genius of Jodi Picoult and the compassion and humour of Marian Keyes, in a complex and deeply involving story that will have readers arguing about the nature of motherhood and the riSin ad Moriarty s breathtaking eighth novel, This Child of Mine, is the story of two daughters, two mothers and the extraordinary bond of motherly love It s a unique blend of the storytelling genius of Jodi Picoult and the compassion and humour of Marian Keyes, in a complex and deeply involving story that will have readers arguing about the nature of motherhood and the rights and wrongs of the characters actions.Sophie is a happy 18 year old living in London with Anna, her Irish mother Anna has devoted her life to Sophie It may be just the two of them but Anna has than enough love to give Sophie has everything she could ever need.Laura is a not so happy artist She too has a daughter, Mandy But Laura is haunted by the loss of her first child, Jody Happy go lucky as she is, Mandy lives in Jody s shadow and wonders why her mother can never let go.Both mothers carry secrets and cannot forget the day their paths crossed But a chance discovery is about to bring everything into the open and mothers and daughters, love and lies, past and future, will spectacularly collide.Sin ad Moriarty s novels have sold over half a million copies in Ireland and the UK and she is a four times nominee for the popular fiction Irish Book Award She has won over readers and critics telling stories that are funny, humane, moving and relevant to modern women This Child of Mine is Sin ad at her very best.Sin ad Moriarty lives with her family in Dublin Her previous titles are The Baby Trail A Perfect Match From Here to Maternity In My Sister s Shoes Whose Life is it Anyway Pieces of My Heart and Me and My Sisters.

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    1. This book is absolutely awful. The plot is too far-fetched and unbelievable. The writing style is extremely immature. It reminded me of the fan fiction twelve year olds write. The characters were poorly developed, one-dimensional, clichéd and did not behave in a realistic manner. Anna's holier-than-thou attitude was truly repulsive. The conversations between the characters did not seem real. The dialogue between the characters was forced and awkward throughout the entire book. The teenage chara [...]

    2. This was my first time to read a book by this author. It will be my last. I only persevered because it is my book club read for this month, otherwise I would have given up after the first chapter. There was absolutely nothing I enjoyed about this read. I disliked the writing, the story and the characters. It was boring, repetitive and unrealistic. A waste of my money and time.

    3. Thank you to Penguin Ireland for the unexpected but welcomed review copy.Sophie is a happy 18-year-old living in London with Anna, her Irish mother. Anna has devoted her life to Sophie. It may be just the two of them but Anna has more than enough love to give. Sophie has everything she could ever need.Laura is a not-so-happy artist. She too has a daughter, Mandy. But Laura is haunted by the loss of her first child, Jody. Happy-go-lucky as she is, Mandy lives in Jody's shadow and wonders why her [...]

    4. *** I was granted this book to read and review from Penguin Books (UK) via Net Galley ***I love this author and had no doubt I would enjoy this book, but I didn't realize how much I would love it and how it would take a hold of my day to day life, I wanted to read this at every moment I got. Without giving too much away about the story. How can you justify taking a child away from its Mother without it being called Abduction, kidnapped, or simply stolen? How can a stranger judge another Mother i [...]

    5. I haven’t read any of Sinéad’s books before so when Catherine of Penguin Ireland kindly asked me if I would like to review this, I jumped at the chance. This is the story of two mothers – Laura and Anna, and their daughters. One woman had suffered more than her share of tragedy and the other was a teenager lacking any sense of responsibility and seeing her baby as a burden rather than a joy. We then move forward 20 years or so and discover the devastating consequences of one woman’s act [...]

    6. Sinéad Moriarty has written yet another emotionally intense novel guaranteed to have you reaching for a box of tissues. This Child of Mine tells the story of two mothers, two daughters, and decisions made long ago that affected the course of all their lives.There’s very little I can mention in this review that wouldn’t be a major spoiler, which makes this an extremely difficult review to write. Instead, I’ll make a few brief observations.Personality-wise, Anna and Laura are complete oppos [...]

    7. I’ve enjoyed a few of Sinead’s previous novels, and so I was looking forward to reading this. It had been sat on my to-read pile, and I was so pleased when I was finally able to pick it up.This book is very well written. I don’t feel I can talk about the plot line because I don’t want to give any of it away, and as you read the book you discover a bit more with each chapter, so all I can do is strongly urge anyone reading this to give This Child Of Mine a chance.The blurb does not give m [...]

    8. It has been well over six years since I read Sinead Moriarty's trilogy about Emma Hamilton; The Baby Trail, A Perfect Match and From Here To Maternity. I remember really enjoying the series, but for some reason I've not read any of her later novels. I've just finished This Child Of Mine, her eighth novel which was published in Penguin Paperback on September 26th 2013, and am wondering why/how I missed out on the others?I was totally and utterly hooked by This Child of Mine from the very first pa [...]

    9. Sinead Moriarty is one of my favourite writers so when I found out she was bringing out a new book I was very pleased. The blurb at the back doesn't give much away and this made me even more intrigued to read it. The book is mostly written in the present tense of Sophie, Anna and Laura but does go back to Anna and Lauras past to explain the situation they've found themselves in. My favourite character was Holly, who is Sophies best friend and is full of energy and life and gives great advice to [...]

    10. I was a little shocked after reading the last Sinéad Moriarty book to find that I genuinely didn’t like this one. Normally, if I like a book from an author, I will find I like others. Maybe to differing degrees, but still within a similar range. Not so in this case.The main thing for me was that I could not, in any way like ANY of these characters. Anna was this perfect, infallible person but she never really truly admits to any wrong doing. Laura is a joke, horribly messed up, knows she is h [...]

    11. This Child of Mine is an Irish chick-lit with engaging characters who do awful things but somehow manage to redeem themselves. My Recap : This Child of Mine is a story about motherly love; two mothers and one daughter, too many broken hearts and one big, ugly mess. I don’t want to say much more than that as it would be a spoilery. My Thoughts:My initial thought on this book is that both mothers Anna and Laura are at times lovely and at other times so wrong, so blind-sighted in their thinking t [...]

    12. A review copy was provided by the publisher in return for an honest reviewWarning this review may contain spoilers!This child of Mine started off really well. Anna was a content women, infants with colourful backgrounds in the suburbs of Dublin. I had to actually stop reading this on the train because I was laughing out loud at the "Dublin Jackeen" humour. The kids were true to life and extremely funny. The nativity play is priceless and the writing, brilliant.However I found that once Anna left [...]

    13. 3.5 starsSometimes I just like to read a good piece of adult fiction. This Child of Mine comes from Irish author Siobhan Moriarty. I thought it sounded really good, so I couldn’t wait to check it out. It’s an engaging story, with intriguing characters, who both do terrible things, but manage to redeem themselves. Siobhan makes the characters likeable in the end, no matter what they’ve done. This Child of Mine is not a light read. It covers quite tough subjects and is about people’s lives [...]

    14. I was intrigued by this book from the beginning, as the blurb didn't give much away, and the opening chapters were indeed engaging and got me into the story. However, as I read on I was a bit disappointed that the overall plot line seemed to be very unrealistic. There were some very funny and relatable characters, but I didn't find the main characters very likeable. The idea of a child going missing on a boat, and being presumed drowned, seems very far fetched. Surely there would have been some [...]

    15. This Child Of Mine By Sinead Moriaty is a women's fiction and general fiction (adult) read. How far would you go to save a child?Single mom Anna and her eighteen-year-old daughter Sophie have always got along like two peas in a pod. But for the past seventeen years, Anna has been keeping a dark secret from Sophie.When Sophie sees a woman who is her spitting image on TV, talking about the loss of her daughter at sea, seventeen years earlier, her whole world is turned upside down.Can she forgive A [...]

    16. This is the emotional story of the bond between two mothers and two very different daughters. Sophie has been brought up in London by her adoring mother, Anna, whilst Mandy has been brought up in Ireland, by her arty mother, Laura. The story evolves gradually and the devastating consequences of long buried secrets are about to tear two families wide apart.I found that this was a quick read , not because the book is light on content but because once I started to read , I really couldn't put the b [...]

    17. I absolutely loved this book from the first page to the last. When Anna loses a child after many miscarriages, has a failed marriage, she tries to. Make a new life for herself. She leaves her hometown, and is on a boat to London when she see a situation where a mother is passed out drunk and her baby is being neglected. She feels she has no other option than to rescue the baby. She raises the baby as her own, but after 17 years, the truth comes out. It is a struggle for Jody/Sophie between the m [...]

    18. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I really enjoyed this wonderfully written, raw, emotional story. I thought the author did a great job laying out the background information for both "mother's" and I was able to sympathize with both in the end. All of the characters were so well done. It doesn't get anymore emotional or heartbreaking than this. I highly recommend this book!

    19. Can't understand the bad reviews on this book, sure the outcome is not what would happen in real life but we need to remember its a story, a piece of fiction, for me this is the best SM book I have read, I was gripped with the story from the start right through to the end, loved it

    20. sinead one of my favourite author and this did not let me down. had worked it out quite early loved insight into laura and annas life loved Sophie and her relationship with mandy brilliant

    21. Beautiful, emotional, heartbreaking, intense. Kept me engrossed until the very last word. Absolutely loved this amazing story.

    22. I downloaded this novel as soon as I finished reading The Way We Were by the same author. I had enjoyed that one so much that I assumed I’d like other books by Moriarty. This one was quite a disappointment. The dialogue was so unnatural and stilted it was hard to read; kindergarteners spoke like vulgar teenagers; the teacher’s interaction with her students was laughable. The characters were unrealistic and cardboard. The basic plot has a lot of potential; it is a shame that the tone of the b [...]

    23. An appalling book, the start was the worse part, surprised I didn't give up on it, but I do hate not giving a book a chance. The relationships between the characters were so unbelievable and poorly written and so ridiculously argumentative.It did get a little better towards the end and I was interested to know how it would end, but certainly cannot recommend.

    24. Two starsAlthough the book was supposed to tell a story, I believe it was way over done. Perhaps author felt it necessary to repeatedly retell the circumstances of the abduction throughout the book for some reasonbut, I saw no point to that other than making book unnecessarily longer and redundant in many chapters.

    25. Well doneThis story is deep and moving. It deals with issues so unusual it's hard to take a stand either way, morally. Well developed characters and very believable emotions pull you in and keep you. Very much enjoyed this book.

    26. Very good read.I absolutely loved this book. I found myself rooting for each mother as I read further. I I've been recommending this book to book clubs. I I've enjoyed all her books.

    27. Gr8I was immediately drawn in to one of the most amazing books ever . What an wonderful creation my new favorite author.This one will make you laugh and cry also,and most importantly,think about what family is! Do yourself a favor and read it

    28. I enjoyed this book the only thing I did not like was the character Lexie there was absolutely no point of her being in the book. Just felt she continuously got in the way butting in etc etc

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