Ignoring Gravity (Rose Haldane, Identity Detective, #1) by Sandra Danby

Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby


The author sent me an ARC (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.


My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Rose Haldane is confident about her identity. She pulls the same face as her grandfather when she has to do something she doesn’t want to, she knows her DNA is the same as his. Except it isn’t: because Rose is adopted and doesn’t know it. Ignoring Gravity connects two pairs of sisters separated by a generation of secrets. Finding her mother’s lost diaries, Rose begins to understand why she has always seemed the outsider in her family, why she feels so different from her sister Lily. Then just when she thinks there can’t be any more secrets…


Genre(s):  Fiction

Series:  Rose Haldane, Identity Detective, Book 1

Length:  322 pages (Amazon estimate)



17 April 1968

Father’s funeral this morning. More awful than I could have imagined. Then the answer to my prayers arrived. Amen. I’m going to adopt her baby when he is born. It’ll be my precious secret. The baby is due at the end of August. I’ll call him David.


Rose could hear the blood buzzing through her veins, flushing her skin bright red.

She tried to focus on the page, to read it again, but the words of her  mother… her mother’s handwriting… the words didn’t make sense… and yet somehow, they did. There was no David Haldane. Only Rose and Lily.

Rose Haldane, who was born on 29 August 1968.


My Opinion

This story introduces you to Rose Haldane, journalist at the Herald. Some months after their mother’s death, she and her sister Lily sort through the deceased’s belongings – discovering her diaries and an incredible truth. I cannot tell you more about the story as it would spoil the fun of reading it yourself.

With Ignoring Gravity, Sandra Danby presents us with the remarkable first book of an intriguing series. This story is cleverly and lovingly elaborated, has a very pleasant flow, focuses on its protagonists, their emotional state and their strategy to find out the identity of Rose’s birth parents. Sandra Danby describes her characters’ looks in not too much detail, their personalities are far more detailed – you can see them clearly before you and comprehend their feelings. I was drawn in, felt very close to the protagonists and the events. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a very good time reading Ignoring Gravity. (I read it twice, so far.)

Ignoring Gravity is very well written and – you can read it yourself as of 2014-11-21!

This is a book to read again.


About the author

Author and journalist. Book lover. Tea drinker. Proud Yorkshire woman.
Sandra’s first novel ‘Ignoring Gravity’, about two sisters linked by a generation of secrets, is available now at Amazon. She is currently writing the second novel in the series about Rose Haldane: Identity Detective. In ‘Connectedness’, journalist Rose travels to Spain as she unravels the adoption story of famous artist Justine Tree. What is Justine hiding about her time at art school in Malaga, can the truth be found in Justine’s art? ‘Connectedness’ will be published in late 2015. For more information go to www.sandradanby.com.
Her short stories and flash fiction have been published online and in two anthologies: ‘Diaspora City’ [Arcadia Books], and ‘The Milk of Female Kindness’ [Kasia James] – both available from Amazon.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  http://www.sandradanby.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SandraDanby

Amazon:  Sandra Danby

Buy/Pre-order Link:



Date of publication:  2014-11-21


10 Statements – Sandra Danby

Book Review:  The Milk of Female Kindness



Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Ignoring Gravity?  Or – if you did not yet read Ignoring Gravity – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Ignoring Gravity was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 thoughts on “Ignoring Gravity (Rose Haldane, Identity Detective, #1) by Sandra Danby

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  3. I saw the trailer for Ignoring Gravity ages ago – I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It looks like an intriguing book indeed. 🙂

  4. Hi Karen, I’m so pleased you enjoyed reading abour Rose… I’m now deep into writing the second book in the series, ‘Connectedness’.This time it’s the story of artist Justine Tree who gave her baby up for adoption in 1983 but now asks Rose to find her. SD

    • Hi Sandra, what impressed me most is how lovingly you guided your characters throughout the story. You really care.
      I’m looking forward to reading the second book. Rose’s personal growth will certainly lead to some amazing discoveries. OK

  5. wow – Karen – this is a great surprise – I know her from UK when I performed in concert. Author and journalist. Book lover. Tea drinker. And Proud Yorkshirewoman.

    • I’m really glad that I could publish something about one of your aquaintances. It is always something special to read about someone you have really met.

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