Saturday, 22 September 2012

Books Read: Joanna Rees - A Twist of Fate

One sister is determined to uncover her past, the other is desperate to bury it . . .

Romy and Thea, two beautiful baby girls, their future’s sealed with the flip of a coin.

One will enter a life of privilege, surrounded by only the best money can buy. The other will fight for survival in an orphanage, against an evil regime who seek only to exploit her.

Throughout the years their paths will cross, neither knowing who the other one is, their lives overflowing with secrets, blackmail and murder.

From the snow covered forests of Eastern Europe to the glistening white beaches of the Caribbean. From the gutters of London’s Soho to the towering skyscrapers of New York, A twist of fate tore them apart, only their strength and determination can reunite them…

I read this book last month, which is currently in my top 10 books for this year, but somehow completely forgot to write up the review, no excuse really other than an oversight so my apologies to the author Joanna Rees and her publishers Pan Macmillan who'd sent me a proof copy of this book to review.

The story begins in 1971 with the flip of a coin in a forest in Eastern Germany which determined the fate of where the girls would end up. For one of the babies, Thea, would get to live the life of luxury as an heiress in America whereas the other, Romy, would have to cope with the struggles of living in a dreary orphanage in East Germany. 

Throughout the book we follow their lives, in alternate chapters, from teenagers into young woman and see how different their lives have turned out and we see that at various points their paths have crossed yet neither knew of the others existence. I was expecting to like one sister, Romy, more than Thea, because of the injustice of their upbringings but that was not the case at all, I liked them both equally and could see that they were both looking for the same thing... a sense of belonging.

This book was extremely well written and had me gripped from the start, I constantly wanted to keep reading to see how things were going to turn out as each time you think their lives were finally sorted and they'd have a chance to be happy something else would happen to disrupt them.

A Twist of Fate was completely different to her other books that she's written,  under the names Josie Lloyd and Jo Rees, and yet for me I think this book was her best to date so I cannot wait to hear about her next book to see what it's about.

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