Sixty-one year old Louise finally learns she is adopted after the death of her mother. She embarks on a quest to reveal the secrets of her past, helped by new companion and lover, Simon, whom she meets after joining an Internet dating site.
Sixty-one year old Louise finally learns she is adopted after the death of her mother. She embarks on a quest to reveal the secrets of her past, helped by new companion and lover, Simon, whom she meets after joining an Internet dating site. In her first full-length novel, author Claire Baldry sensitively explores the growing closeness between the newly retired couple as they develop their mutual understanding and physical relationship. The reader is reminded of the changing values of the postwar years, while Simon and Louise visit places from Louise's past and meet people who knew her mother and grandmother. Together, they begin to unlock the forgotten secrets of Louise's past - but in the face of so much change and uncertainty, can Louise let her relationship flourish? The story is set mainly in the author's home county of East Sussex, but finishes in Kent, when Louise and Simon finally visit her birth mother's grave at a convent in Chatham. This immensely readable journey of discovery is a charming and bittersweet mixture of romance, sadness and genuine suspense.
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Claire Baldry retired from her career as a Headteacher and English Advisor in 2008. She is now an established writer, blogger, performance poet and public speaker in her home county of East Sussex.
Different Genes by Claire Baldry
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