The Love Child

The Love Child Perfect for fans of Joanna Trollope and Anita Shreve Amanda Brookfield s The Love Child is a profoundly moving story about the redeeming power of love When Janine and Dougie fell in love they thought

  • Title: The Love Child
  • Author: Amanda Brookfield
  • ISBN: 9780718192341
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback
  • Perfect for fans of Joanna Trollope and Anita Shreve, Amanda Brookfield s The Love Child is a profoundly moving story about the redeeming power of love.When Janine and Dougie fell in love they thought it would be for ever Fifteen years later their relationship is well and truly over, their daughter Stevie their one remaining connection.Stevie is on the cusp of adulthood.Perfect for fans of Joanna Trollope and Anita Shreve, Amanda Brookfield s The Love Child is a profoundly moving story about the redeeming power of love.When Janine and Dougie fell in love they thought it would be for ever Fifteen years later their relationship is well and truly over, their daughter Stevie their one remaining connection.Stevie is on the cusp of adulthood At sixteen, she s not quite a child, but not quite grown up a dangerous age But it s only during a birthday celebration in Spain, when she gets too close to one of Dougie s best friends, that her parents realize just how dangerous.With friendships shattered and trusts betrayed, Janine and Dougie brought together in Stevie s moment of crisis know they must see beyond the past if they re to secure their daughter s future But even with such a lot at stake, can a relationship with so many complications ever have a future.Touching and heartfelt, The Love Child is a story about discovering what matters most in your life, and having the courage to reach for it not just once, but again and again.

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    1. An outstanding, truly remarkable novel!Profoundly poignant, touching and acutely perceptive this credible novel speaks to the heart with such sincerity. Exploring the harsh realities of life and human relationships in particular those not founded on sentimentality or ‘fairytale dreams’, is a hard thing to do and incredibly bold. The author’s acute perception on life and those struggles that one faces with divorce, tensions and divergence especially magnified when a child is involved. Thi [...]

    2. Through a giveaway, I won Amanda Brookfield's signed copy of The Love Child.This is the first book I have read from this author. I give it five stars and I definitely highly recommend this book. This is a great story about family, friends and a good neighbor. Enjoyed reading this book so much that it became one of my favorite books. I love the main character Dougie and his good neighbor Nina. At first, I liked Victoria and Simon, but then I couldn't stand Simon, and how Victoria acted when she [...]

    3. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and want to thank the author for the ebook she sent to me. Her comprehensive yet flowing prose made the story really come to life. Her characters were people you know with short comings and triumphs you share. These characters could easily be your group of friends. The characters were very real and I was saddened when the book came to a close. This will not be the last book I read by Ms. Brookfield. I highly recommend "The Love Child". Thank you again Amand [...]

    4. I really enjoyed this book. After reading the synopsis I thought the book was just about a young girl sleeping with her father's friend, but that's just a small part of the book. You get to know the different characters of the book. At first I just wanted to slap Stevie, she was a typical 16 year old girl. Then my attentions turned to how vile Simon really was. I couldn't believe how he justified his actions to his best friend Dougie. Through the whole book I was hoping Dougie would get his life [...]

    5. This could easily have been a four star rating, apart from the fact I found it so difficult to get into. In the early chapters none of the characters appealed to me - stroppy teenager Stevie, mother Janine struggling to cope and her ex husband Dougie sinking into self pity and alcoholism following his divorce and business collapse. I almost gave up on the book and returned it to the library. However after a 2 week break from it, and nothing else to read, I tried again and by page 100 I was begin [...]

    6. The blurb sounded dramatic; a 16 year old girl sleeping with her Father's best friend. But the novel itself was disappointingly lacking. I found the plot and slow and far too subtle for my liking. None of the characters felt well developed, except Dougie which gave the book a skewered feeling. The fall out was unrealistic and emotionless (except perhaps for Victoria's reaction). Overall, disappointing.

    7. There is more to this book than "teen girl sleeps with fathers best friend". Touching, honest and compelling - I really enjoyed reading this and getting to know each character all very different. A long novel full of twists, turns and drama.

    8. EnjoyableVery easy to read with an enjoyable concept. Good characterisation with the main characters brought to life. Will read more of this author.

    9. A wonderful book, I enjoyed it immensely.I read about this book's content with interest when it was listed in a giveaway. It sounded like just my sort of book. I didn't win the giveaway but Amanda Brookfield very kindly asked me if I would like a copy sent for review. The book has a striking start-straight in, grabs your attention and you just want to keep reading. It's an engrossing story based around friends and their families. These are all very 'real' characters that you soon feel for. On m [...]

    10. More like a 2.5 star rating.I was invited to download a copy of this book by the author after not being selected to receive it through a giveaway on .Overall, I felt like The Love Child was okay; however, I did struggle with getting through it (I usually can get through a 500 page book in 3-4 days and this took me almost 2 weeks.) It seemed like there were too many extraneous details, and even characters--specifically the couple of Gary and Ruth, and the teenager Paul. While I understand the nee [...]

    11. Initially I was excited for this book. The title was so catching and the premise sounded interesting. Scandal, marriage and life.Generally this book can be a bit boring at times. Some scenes do not seem necessary. Janine seems to be in a rather stable relationship at the beginning. Dougie is trying to pick up the pieces of his failure of a life. What with his womanizing, being an alcoholoc and smoker. The chapters also focus on his friends, Victoria and Simon who are married. Dougie's daughter S [...]

    12. This book offers a glimpse into the day to day life of a group of London friends. Nothing very eventful happens as it is more a character based story. My favourite character was Stevie as she certainly kept her mum and stepdad on their toes. She was who kept me reading as I wanted to see how her life would pan out and subsequently affect those around her. The writing is very realistic and as such each character has the flaws and worries of the average person in their thirties.

    13. I entered to win this book on . I was not chosen but the author allowed me to download a copy for free. Overall I liked the book. There were a few characters that I couldn't like, Simon being the most obvious. I found the story a little wordy and felt myself wishing it would get to the point. Once it got going I found the book hard to put down. I am also a sucker for a happy ending and this one was very happy.

    14. not bad overall - started well but turned into a bit of a chick-lit read towards the end - I listened to it and although I'm a northerner Janine's voice/accent got on my nerves a bit I have to say. I decent holiday read I would say

    15. Doug and Janine had split up because of his drinking and infidelity while I think they were still in love in some way. Stevie, their daughter kept them in contact even when Janine moved away with her new boyfriend. It was an interesting enough to listen to.

    16. The ripple effect of an event on different relationships. A group of friends have a weekend at a finca in Spain. the daughter of one of them has an adult relationship with her father's best friend. The consequences of this are felt throughout the group.

    17. I read the book, it was a bit difficult to follow, I'm not sure if it was the writing that was difficult to follow the banal story line, however I did get though it, and can't really recommend or not to others to read.

    18. Didn't think I was going to enjoy this book at the beginning as it seemed quite slow. But it soon picked up and once I got to grips with all the main characters I enjoyed it. What a tangled web some people weave?

    19. This was very different to the books I usually read,was much more serious but still dealt with the usual chick-lit themes which is what drew me to it originally.I thought it was a really good read and would like to read more by the same author as a result

    20. This wasn't great. It only just merits a three star rating. Characters were mostly unbelievable, and didn't react to most of what happened in the story in any way I would have expected. Which in a way actually made it quite interesting.

    21. This book deals with addiction and what it means to be a grown up and does so with compelling emotional depth.

    22. Loved this story. It is a story about something that can happen to any couple. I like a happy ending, and this story had just that.

    23. When Jamie and Dougie fell in love they thought it would be forever. 15 years later their relationship is well and truly over. A good story. I recommend it to read.

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