#BookReview #BlogTour Strays and Relations by Dizzy Greenfield
My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩
Genre: Contemporary / Fiction
Publication Date: 20th March 2018
Estimated Page Count -224
Potential Trigger Warnings: Adoption, and has themes of loss
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.
This was certainly a powerful and very emotive story, with much use of humour along the way.
The story follows Dizzy as she goes on a journey to discover about her birth parents after having been fostered and adopted at a young age. I really enjoyed seeing her thoughts and the progression of her tale, the steps she takes and coming to understand her story.
Seeing how small misunderstandings and misinformation can effect a person in this type of situation was certainly a powerful thing to consider, for example on the case of a grave mistakenly being thought to be her birth mother.
Finding that out must have been difficult, but I can only imagine the confusion of emotions at then having contact with someone telling you that this was incorrect, more so when that person is in fact your birth father.
The way in which this is written gives it a very unique but intriguing look at a situation which I am sure many have thought about. If it was you in that situation, what would you do? How would you act? How would you feel?
This book certainly answers, in ways which are engaging and interesting to follow, the writing style itself easy to follow which together makes for a quick but powerful read.
This is certainly one that I think many need to read, if only to give a better understanding of the feelings and thoughts a person in such a situation might have, but also purely from the fact that it was an enjoyable and intriguing read.
About The Author:
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.
Social Media Links – Website: http://www.dizzygreenfield.co.uk/