Different Genes by Claire Baldry
***** 5 stars
It is my turn on the blog tour today for Claire Baldry and her new book Different Genes.
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.
This is one of the most beautiful love stories I have read in a long time!
Louise now 61 meets Simon through a dating service and they quickly become involved and inseparable. Simon though, quite by accident finds out that Louise was adopted and finally plucks up the courage to tell her what he knows when he realises that Louise has no idea.
The story then revolves around Louise and Simon trying to find out about Louise's past and visiting places and people who can help them put the pieces together. They do this at the speed Louise sets and eventually discover all about what happened to Louise before she was adopted at 3 years old.
The journey they go on brings them closer together and they start to plan for a future together as a couple.
Brilliantly written with depth and heart.
I truly loved it!