My guest today is author Sue Barnard who has dropped by to share an extract from Finding Nina, a heartwarming story about adoption, discovery and reunion. Let’s take a look at the cover and find out a bit more about the book.
“FINDING NINA has that rare quality: a heartwarming, uplifting story which carries you along with the pace of a thriller.”
~ Jennifer C Wilson,
author of the bestselling KINDRED SPIRITS series
A broken-hearted teenager gives birth in secret.
Her soldier sweetheart has disappeared,
and she reluctantly gives up her daughter for adoption.
A girl discovers a dark family secret,
but it is swiftly brushed back under the carpet.
Conventions must be adhered to.
A young woman learns of the existence of a secret cousin.
She yearns to find her long-lost relative, but is held back by legal constraints.
Life goes on.
FINDING NINAis part-prequel, part-sequel to the bestselling NICE GIRLS DON’T,
but can also be read as a stand-alone story.
Sue is sharing an extract where the adoptive mother describes the scene at the adoption office when they collected their baby daughter.
14th December 1943
Today we went to collect the baby. Fred borrowed a car from someone at work, and we drove to the adoption offices in Bath. First of all, we had to sort out all the paperwork. I’d no idea there would be so much of it. There was even a medical report, which Fred had to sign to confirm that we’d seen it. As far as I can tell there are no serious medical problems, which is a big relief – but then, would they have given us a child who wasn’t completely healthy? I’ve never thought about that before.
When all that was done, the social worker took us into another room. Then she told us that the baby’s mother wanted to hand her over to us herself. Apparently this isn’t normally allowed, but she’d insisted. As we waited, I found myself wondering what she’d be like.
When she appeared, I was quite shocked. She wasn’t at all how I’d imagined. They hadn’t told us anything about her except that she was unmarried, and I’d pictured a fast-looking piece with peroxide blonde hair and far too much make-up. But she was small and slight, with dark hair and a very pale complexion. No make-up at all, as far as I could tell – not even a trace of lipstick. She looked quite young – no more than about seventeen, I would guess – and, strange as it might sound, almost innocent.
All she said was, “I can’t keep her because I can’t marry her father. Please look after her.”
I promised her that we would. Then she started crying, and the social worker led her away.
Poor girl – my heart went out to her. For the first time since we got the letter, I realised that our happiness was built on someone else’s heartache.
What a fascinating extract, Sue!
If, like me, you want to read more, you can purchase the book here: mybook.to/FindingNina.
Sue Barnard is a British novelist, editor and award-winning poet who was born in North Wales some time during the last millennium. She speaks French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman abroad. She now lives in Cheshire, UK, with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings.
Her mind is so warped that she has appeared on BBC TV’s Only Connect quiz show, and she has also compiled questions for BBC Radio 4’s fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz. This once caused one of her sons to describe her as “professionally weird.” The label has stuck.
Sue’s own family background is far stranger than any work of fiction. She would write a book about it if she thought anybody would believe her.
Finding Nina, which is her sixth novel, is not that book.
You can find out more about Sue here:
POETRY: Variations on an Apology
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