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 forever.
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.
Praise for Amanda Brookfield: "Perceptive. Poignant. Unputdownable. I loved it". (Patricia Scanlan). "Few explore the messy tangles of close human relationships with quite such warm perceptiveness". ("Daily Mirror"). Amanda Brookfield was born in 1960 and educated at Oxford University.
She began her career working in advertising and then as a freelance journalist in Argentina.
Her thirteen previous novels include "Relative Love", "The Simple Rules of Love", "Life Begins" and "Before I Knew You".
She is married with two sons and lives in South London.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 528 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 17/01/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780718192341
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Review by teresa1953
This is an absorbing, easy read. The main characters are three couples, one divorced, one clinging on by a thread and another happily married and welcoming a new baby. The divorced couple, Dougie and Janine separated after Dougie's drinking became intolerable and they lost their second child to cot death. Janine is in a new relationship, but Dougie, a chef, is still trying to get his life back on track. Their sixteen year old daughter, Stevie, is torn between the two parents and during a break in Spain she gets way too close to Dougie's life long friend Simon. The fall out is far reaching and sorts out "the men from the boys." This would make a perfect holiday read. It is a little over long, but doesn't demand too much concentration.
Review by JenniferLynn
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 on track because he seemed like such a great father. The book deals with the ups and downs of life, making new friends and shedding old ones. I definitely recommend it. I very happy that the author Amanda Brookfield sent me a copy because I can't wait to read her next book.
Review by amym53
Heartwarming story that explores the couple's divorce and how they try to work past the tension for the best interest of their child.Their 16 year old daughter is on the brink of becoming a woman and becoming dangerously close to her father's friend. This book brings to mind the question of if Stevie was my daughter how would I act in this situation ?