The author sent me an ARC (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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…
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.
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
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:
Amazon: Sandra Danby
Date of publication: 2014-11-21
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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. 🙂