Sandra Danby
Ignoring Gravity
April 21, 2019 Comments.. 318
Ignoring Gravity 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 do she knows her DNA is the same as his Except it isn t becaus

  • Title: Ignoring Gravity
  • Author: Sandra Danby
  • ISBN: 9780993113413
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 do, 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 tRose 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 do, 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 secrets This is the first in a series of novels about Rose Haldane, identity detective.

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    1. Elaine says:

      This is a story that on the whole I found really enjoyable. Six months after the death of her mother, Rose, in her late 30s, finds out that she is adopted. I really enjoyed the way the author showed how this completely knocked her for six – the shock, anger that she had been lied to all her life, and the frustration that she feels because she cannot ask her mother about the whys and wherefores of what happened. Her father is grieving her mother and she cannot bring herself to question him too [...]

    2. ReadAlong With Sue says:

      I promised myself that for every book that is recent I would then read a book from my TBR pile from the year before, and this is one of them.It was a quick and easy read because of it being so engrossing, I was reading this while waiting at the doctors, waiting for supper to cook and any little time in between, its surprising how far you can get in one book.Imagine reaching 30 years old and 6 months after your mother died you learn that you had been adopted. What a shock.How can she ask her fath [...]

    3. Siobhan says:

      I’m going to be honest and admit that I have been procrastinating somewhat when it came to reading this. I’m not entirely sure why that was, but in part I think my mood as of late is to blame. I’ve been procrastination on absolutely everything. Nevertheless, I have sort of pulled myself out of my flunk and decided to get back into reading.Oh how surprised I was by this book.I wasn’t really sure what I had been expecting from this book. Part of me had been expecting to hate it, for it to [...]

    4. says:

      Perhaps the best word to describe this book is powerful, but one word is certainly not enough. At first when I read the title I really didn’t know what to expect, but once I was just a few pages in I realised that Ignoring Gravity is the perfect title, in every way. There were so many moments in the book where I had to stop reading and go back to appreciate a particular phrase or sentence. Danby is a talented writer, both on the surface of her writing and on a deeper level.It is clear that she [...]

    5. Laurie • The Baking Bookworm says:

      Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Beulah Press and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. My Review: This debut novel is about family and the secrets they hide with a healthy dose of romance. It focuses on a young woman who, after reading her recently deceased mother's diaries, finds out that the family she grew up with may not be her family after all. It's this sudden revelation that spurs Rose to use her investigative skills as [...]

    6. Liz Barnsley says:

      I was intrigued by this one, the starting point being adoption, as an adopted child myself it appealed to me for that reason. Plus the hint of mystery tempted me in and what I found was a really good read, some great characters and an often emotive look at family relationships.One of the things that especially appealed to me was the authenticity with which Ms Danby writes about Rose’s reaction to finding she is adopted – her hunt for her “blood” parents takes on an obsessive streak and t [...]

    7. Rosie Amber says:

      Ignoring Gravity is contemporary fiction, we meet Rose Haldane, a thirty-five year old journalist. She works for the London Herald and is currently working on a couple of projects; an interview with Nick Maddox from Biocare Beauty and an article on early menopause.Rose's sister Lily is married to William. Lily is trying for a baby to the point of obsession. Their mother has recently passed over and together they are sorting through all her belongings when they discover a set of diaries. Rose is [...]

    8. Renita D'Silva says:

      Loved this beautiful book about a woman's quest for the truth of her birth, the truth about her parentage. Sensitively handled, this is a beautifully written book. Loved all the characters especially Rose and Lily and Aunt Bizzy. I can't wait for the next in the series. Highly recommended.

    9. Sophie says:

      Posted originally reviewedthebook/2014 Ignoring Gravity is an emotional, moving tale about two sisters, Rose and Lily, threatened to be torn apart by an adoption they discover, six months after the death of their mother. The novel is mostly told in alternating chapters from Rose and Lily. Whilst going through their mother’s things a little while after cancer killed her, they find her diaries and soon after learn the life-changing news that Rose was adopted and Lily isn’t her sister after all [...]

    10. Cleo Bannister says:

      This is Rose Haldane’s story, she is a journalist at the Herald her articles being chiefly of the filler type on beauty products and female medical issues, but Rose has ambition despite her boss’s determination to not only get her name wrong but put her down at every opportunity, even more so when she insults him in front of the team.Six months after Rose and Lily’s mother Diane dies, they go around to their parent’s home to go through her things for their father John. Going through a bo [...]

    11. Claire McAlpine says:

      Ignoring Gravity pulls the reader in right from the first pages, following the journalist Rose Haldane, who after the shock of discovering she had been adopted at birth, uses her investigative skills to unearth the mystery surrounding her birth. She must also deal with the impact of receiving such knowledge without any prior warning, although it gave her fresh insight into the difficult relationship she had with her mother.Her sister Lily is married to William and works part time, but is pining [...]

    12. Bodicia says:

      Rose Haldene is a journalist by day writing for a paper in London. Her mother dies and her father gives her sister Lily and her the task of sorting through their mother’s possessions. The sisters come upon their mother’s journals in a suitcase and Rose starts to read one. It is right there that her world falls apart as she discovers she is adopted. When she finds a photograph of a baby which appears to be her in one of her mother’s handbags she embarks on a journey to find out who she is. [...]

    13. Elaine says:

      Whilst helping her sister, Lily, clear their mother’s belongings, Rose finds the diaries that change her perspective on life. Reading them, she discovers she was adopted. As a thirty-something year old journalist, Rose is very aware of how to carry out research and puts her skills to good use as she seeks information about her birth parents. Her adoptive father is traumatised by his wife’s death and tries to avoid all discussions about the past and her adoption, suggesting she doesn’t look [...]

    14. Cathy Ryan says:

      Rose Haldane’s world falls apart when she and her sister discover their dead mother’s diaries while sorting through her belongings. It starts a chain of events that catapult Rose through a roller coaster of emotions. Using her journalistic skills Rose starts the search to find out the truth and slowly uncovers events that touch many lives.Meanwhile Rose’s sister, Lily, is dealing with marriage problems as well as the changing family dynamics.It’s a fascinating and intriguing tale of fami [...]

    15. Suzy Turner says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed Ignoring Gravity - the depths of the relationships between the characters particularly set it apart although I thought Rose did seem to find (and fall in) love a little too easily. But other than that, it was a fabulous read. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat desperately wanting her to discover the truth in all the twists and turns throughout. I must admit that I did have an inkling as to who her father was before it was revealed though!I love that it's about so [...]

    16. Kim says:

      After her mother dies, Rose discovers that she is adopted after reading some of her diaries. She is in turn shocked, hurt and angry. Her dad is still upset and she doesn’t feel that she can ask him for all the answers.Her sister is facing her own problems- desperate to start a family. They turn to each other for support- but don’t fully understand just how deeply the other is hurting. Lily is also looking to the diaries for some clues about why she’s finding it difficult to become pregnant [...]

    17. Sue says:

      It was great to spend time with this story of identity and family secrets. It is well written and Rose Haldane is an engaging character to tag along with as her world is turned upside down by family secrets that emerge after the death of her mother. In fact, the cast of characters are all a pleasure to get to know. This book is not only a chick lit romance, it is also a mystery thriller and, I am pleased to learn, just the first assignment for "Rose Haldane, Identity Detective." I can now look f [...]

    18. Hope Sloper says:

      It took me a little bit to get into the book, but once I did, I could not put it down. I loved that this book brought some often-difficult issues: infertility, adoption, family relationship, and identity to light. An overall delightful read.Read more on wordgurgle/2015/0

    19. Vivienne Resch says:

      An excellent book, started it first thing in the morning and couldn't put it down -so finished it 9pm the same evening. I now want another to read!A book that also makes you think. A great holiday book.

    20. Margaret Madden says:

      3.5 stars. Review to follow

    21. Rosemary Noble says:

      This is one of those reads you can't wait to get back to. Rose, the central character is extremely likeable and I enjoyed the journey as she searches for her history. It's a light read, yes, but very well written and with the author's knowledge of the newspaper industry adding stress to Rose's life as she juggles work with the need to discover who her mother was. A thoroughly enjoyable read and I will look out for the next one.

    22. Marianna says:

      Thank you to NetGalley for providing this ARC to me in exchange for an honest reviewImmediately out of the ball park with this book and I'm thinking, "Oh, no. please tell me this is not a 50 Shades of Gray spin off". The opening scene depicts a somewhat "green" young journalist, who seems very nervous and lacking in confidence, calming herself down for an interview with a super rich, sexy, young executive who just purchased a multi-million dollar beauty products corporation. Sound familiar? It d [...]

    23. Gwen Wilson says:

      Rose Haldane is independent, self-reliant, in control of her life and with an eye on the future of her career. Most of all, she is confident about her identity. She pulls the same face as her grandfather when she has to do something she doesn’t want to do, she knows her DNA is the same as his. Rose believes she is a Haldane through and through, even though she is vastly different to her sister Lily, and for that matter, their mother. Rose had a fraught relationship with her mother, never quite [...]

    24. Katherine Sunderland says:

      "I've been surrounded by lies all my life, who can you trust if your parents lie to you?"Meet Rose; confident, self assured, grounded and a woman who knows who she is. Except she doesn't. While clearing out her mother's belongings following her death, Rose comes across her mum's diaries. At first she enjoys reading the extracts, entertained by her mum's young voice which is so different from the adult character Rose knew and loved. But, as she reads on she discovers a deep secret. Rose is adopte [...]

    25. Isabell says:

      First posted on Dreaming With Open EyesI kindly received Ignoring Gravity in exchange of an honest review by the author.From time to time it's a great change for me to accept a review request of a book I usually wouldn't pick up at the bookstore. I'm always very delighted when this book turnes out to be such a surprising, wonderful read. The book is due to be published on 21st November and is Sandra Danby’s debut novel.Rose Haldane is a young journalist, who works in London. She is single and [...]

    26. Kelsi H says:

      Please check out all of my reviews at ultraviolentlit!This novel was disappointing right from the start. The plot had great potential, but from page one the writing was rushed, with no clear backstory for any of the characters, making it impossible to get emotionally involved. The opening interview scene between Rose and Nick, which should have been their adorable first meeting and precursor to romance, instead felt like a poorly done rip-off of Fifty Shades of Grey. My first impression of all t [...]

    27. Sara says:

      Review for Chick Lit Central ( chicklitcentral)There were two primary reasons I felt drawn to Ignoring Gravity. The close relationship I have with my younger sister, number one. The second reason: there was a brief time during my childhood where I was convinced I was adopted. This paranoia was brought on by a passing joke my paternal grandmother told to a friend of hers, not knowing I was in the other room and had heard every word. She told her friend that I must be the mail man’s child, becau [...]

    28. Lisa Devaney says:

      When I first heard about this book, I did not think that the topic of identity would catch my interest. Then, when it became available, I decided to give it a chance and was quickly drawn into the story and character Rose. Why, of course, our identity – our genetic makeup, our reality of who our biological parents are is a topic every human being can appreciate. What if, like Rose, our very DNA origins were called into question? What if, like Rose, we suddenly woke up to find out our parents w [...]

    29. Sandra says:

      Check out this review and more at throwmeabook.wordpress/Six months after the death of their mother Diane, Rose and her sister Lily are cleaning out their mother’s closet and come across a suitcase full of old diaries. Paging through them, Rose comes upon an entry involving her birth and discovers that she was adopted. Stunned, shocked and questioning her identity, Rose searches for answers from her father, who would rather drown his feelings in beer, and her grandmother, who had a difficult r [...]

    30. Tina Price says:

      I enjoyed this book immensely, having received a copy to review, I was delighted to be able to be so genuinely positive about it. Rose and Lily have a complex, sisterly relationship until they discover a crucial fact while clearing out their mother's possessions following her death. The novel then develops into a fascinating exploration of some universal family questions. What does it mean to be a mother, sister, daughter? When is it OK to keep a secret within a family? What happens to relations [...]

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