Jan. 11th, 2012

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Not the type of thing I'd usually pick up. Having read this... still not the type of thing I'd usually pick up. (Come to think of it, I do have another Josephine Cox lurking somewhere in Mount TBR. I don't think I'll bother.)

This is one of those Heartwarming Northern Family Sagas. Now, I have nothing against either family sagas or the North (even if I am more Yorks than Lancs); it's the Heartwarming part that gets me, particularly when, as here, it's manifested in a clumsy and transparent plot.

Summary, from the blurb: Jinnie is the child from a one-night liaison between Louise Hunter's husband, Ben, and Louise's sister, Susan. When Ben takes his own life, and Susan deserts her newborn child, Louise puts aside her own heartache and adopts little Jinnie as her own. Louise's solace down the years is little Jinnie, and their close relationship. But what will happen when Jinnie finds out the truth? And then, one day, a letter arrives from Susan, saying she intends to get Jinnie back.

It only gets more confusing from there. A convoluted and unconvincing plot, peopled by pantomime villains, the sort who kick puppies rob defenseless old men just to prove how villainous they are. The goodies are not well-characterised, either (notable exception for Hannah, who is slightly more than a cardboard cut-out). I found Jinnie herself uninteresting, the relationship between her and Adam creepy in the extreme (seven years is a huge age gap when one of you is ten, FFS!) and Susan's motivations unconvincing.

I was also disturbed by the misogynistic note - in that the only woman with a sex life was the villain. And the overarching black-and-white morality was generally off-putting. No, I won't be reading the other Cox.

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