#BookReview: Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby

Reviewer: Emma

ignoring gravityI received a review copy


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 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 more secrets…
This is the first in a series of novels about Rose Haldane, identity detective.


Six months later and Rose Haldane is still figuring out how to deal with the death of her mother. As she begins to go through her mom’s closet, she makes a shocking discovery – she was adopted as a baby. Rose has always felt a bit different from her family, especially her sister Lilly, but she never saw this coming. Rose’s goal to discover her birth parents begins to consume her life. She is obsessed with finding out every detail of her adoption and birth parents. When she finally discovers who her birth mother is, the questions become even more plentiful. As you gain more clues into Rose’s past, you learn more about her entire family, especially her sister who is struggling with infertility. Along the way, she finds romance and learns a great deal about herself.

I had a hard time connecting with this book – mainly because of the main character Rose. I did not agree with many of the decisions that she made throughout the book. She begins to almost resent her adoptive family because they were not her own. Her romance was extremely rushed to me and therefore felt fake. The first half was hard for me to get through – I thought the book was moving too slowly. However, the second half of the book was much better. I really got into the mystery aspect of Rose’s adoption, and the author kept me reading to put all of the pieces of her life together. I love that the author gave answers to all of Rose’s questions. To me, the book ending was odd. There was one event that happened near the end that was not settled, leading me to think there will be a sequel.

If you enjoy reading stories about infertility or adoption, this may be the book for you. Although some parts of the book did appeal to me, I unfortunately would not recommend this to a friend.

3 stars

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