Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Chergui's Child by Jane Riddell

Chergui's Child by Jane Riddell
ISBN: 9780993171413
Published: June 3, 2015
Published by: Author
Kindle edition, 278 pages

Book Description:

Olivia is recovering from a traumatic event five years earlier, when she is summoned to the bedside of her dying aunt, Dorothy. Shortly afterwards, she learns that her aunt has left her a large sum of money. She also receives a letter with a startling revelation. From Morocco to London to the south of France, this is the story of one woman's journey to make her life whole again.

My Review:
Reviewed by Sandra Olshaski

This is the second book by Jane Riddell that I've read and thoroughly enjoyed.

Upon the death of her aunt, a young woman named Olivia receives startling information in the form of money and a letter that changes her life forever. The purpose of the inheritance is to fund Olivia's search for a baby she had given birth to 5 years earlier.

The author has managed, once again, to develop complex, flawed personalities, both in the main character and the supporting ones. She makes us easily like and/or dislike them. For example, Olivia starts out as a fairly confident woman, but as the story progresses we realize how vulnerable she really is, easily influenced by the two less-than-sparkling men in her life. We feel Olivia's maternal yearning and the lengths to which she will go to be reunited with her child.

Jane Riddell is a wonderful wordsmith. For example, "….I struggled not to think about Richie, unable to shift the cleaver from its chopping block in order to obliterate the onslaught of memories." Also "……talking to her was like navigating cobbles in stilettos." Beautiful!

What do winds, Tangier and babies have to do with this book? Read it to find out!

This is a suspenseful, fast-moving, heart-thumping, emotional tale of sad family dynamics, complex human situations with a satisfying if somewhat surprise ending.

Note: This book is rated G.

About the Author:

Jane Riddell grew up in Glasgow, Scotland but defected to Edinburgh in her thirties, after living in New Zealand and Australia. For many years she worked for the NHS as a dietitian and health promoter. In 2006 she took a career break to move with her family to Grenoble, France, for three years. During this time she wrote more seriously, so seriously that when she returned to Edinburgh she decided to make writing her 'job'.

Her author's website is:

Disclosure by Sandra Olshaski: Thanks to Jane Riddell for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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