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Secrets, lies and coincidences abound in this story of a young girl looking for her father. Alice, now twenty-one years old, is determined to find her father who left home when she was just a baby, despite a warning from her mother that she should not look for him. Her mother's secretiveness over the subject is because of the guilt she feels about keeping the truth from Al ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 215 pages
Published June 2012 by Rose and Freedom Books (first published 2001)
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Maria
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I think it's fantastic, but I wrote it, so I'm biased :)
Susan Buchanan
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'd been trying to get around to reading this for some time, after the synopsis caught my eye. I read it in 2 days, and found I couldn't get on with the other things I was meant to be doing until I'd finished it.
The author planted little clues along the way, so there were no great surprises for me, as I do like to be a bit of a detective, as I read, and I picked up on her clues. In other instances, my over-active imagination got me there and I was delighted to be proven right.
However, the crux o
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Jen Knox
Jun 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm already a fan of Maria Savva's work, so I was excited to win a free copy of Coincidences, and I wasn't surprised to find the story engaging, the characters believable and the action to move me from page one.
The story is one I related to on a personal level as what propells it forward is a young girl(Alice)'s search for identity as those around her attempt to protect her from reality. Alice is haunted and intrigued by a photograph of her father, a man who left his family when Alice was just a
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Sheri
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coincidences (Maria Savva)

Alice never knew her father. Her parents were divorced when she was very young. Her mother never spoke much about him, accept that he left them. Now that she is 21 years old and at University , she is beginning to become more curious about her father. After a frightful dream, unexplained pains in her arm, and a newspaper article, she decides it is time to find her father. But what she finds is secrets, lies, fears of abandonment. She faces these fears and continues on a
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Darcia Helle
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a revision of Maria Savva's first book of the same title, which had been released in hardcover more than a decade ago. The story follows Alice, a young woman who grew up never knowing her father. She sets out to learn why he'd walked away so long ago, and what she finds has her questioning her own identity.

Coincidences is a story of hope and pain, secrets and lies, and, above all, love. We're taken into the heart of complicated family dynamics, where sometimes the wrong things are done f
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Doreen
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Maria Savva has skillfully woven a captivating, insightful story that revolves around a string of coincidences that set a young woman on a quest to find the dad she has never known. Page one pulled me immediately into the story, setting a riveting and even mystical tone for the revelations to come.
Stephanie Turnbull is a single mom who has raised her daughter, Alice, into adulthood. Alice has rarely questioned the reason that her dad left them, feeling loved and content in the close relationshi
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TheSecretWriter
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern, fiction
'Coincidences' is Maria Savva's first novel. This book presents a story about a twenty one year old Law student called Alice Turnball. Alice's father left home when she was two and her mother had to cope and bring Alice up on her own. Alice is very close to her mother and her friends are also very loyal to her. As a result of this the people in Alice's life have never actually let her down. Alice also has a developing romance with a boy called Andrew who is a fellow student. All could not be bet ...more
Julie Powell
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've read all of Maria Savva's books and I have never been disappointed - Coincidences is no exception. From beginning to end, I enjoyed its storyline, characters and 'reality'.

I never like to give spoilers, but I will say that the story picks on a subject that relates to many people and uses sensitivity and intelligence to make the point and deal with the relative issues. The author is able to 'get into the minds' of the characters in such a way that the reader cares about what will happen to t
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Maria
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is the first novel I ever wrote. The book is about Alice, a young girl, who is looking for her father. Her father left the family home when Alice was just two years old and her mother has been very secretive about the past. These secrets are, however, about to be uncovered by Alice when she wakes up one night after having a strange dream and then various coincidences occur which lead her to seek her father. Will Alice be able to live with the truth that her mother has kept from her for so l ...more
Sarah
Oct 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gone, take-a-chance
Nearly made it 4 stars. Loved the story but I prefer a less direct style of story-telling. I like to be shown feelings and emotions rather than be told.
Jerry Travis
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: fiction
"Coincidences" is a very interesting and thought provoking story centering around a young woman's search for her identity. Alice begins by merely trying, against the objections of her mother, to locate her father. He had abandoned them both when she was a baby. An old and haunting faded photograph of her smiling father holding her in his arms is one of the few bits of information she begins with. Little does she know her endeavor will lead her down a road of layer upon layer of deception and dec ...more
Katherine Marple
"Coincidences" is about a young woman, in her twenties, who wakes one night after having a very realistic, frightening dream about a plane crash. The next day, she hears on the radio, and sees in the paper, someone who looks exactly like her inside a story about a horrific plane crash that happened at the same exact time as her dream the night before. This sets into motion the feeling that she has some connection with the Plane Girl, but what, she cannot make clear.

"Coincidences" follows her th
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Susan Buchanan
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A family drama which has you fighting Alice's corner


I'd been trying to get around to reading this for some time, after the synopsis caught my eye. I read it in 2 days, and found I couldn't get on with the other things I was meant to be doing until I'd finished it.
The author planted little clues along the way, so there were no great surprises for me, as I do like to be a bit of a detective, as I read, and I picked up on her clues. In other instances, my over-active imagination got me there and I
...more
Blue
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In London during the summer of 1997 there is a huge drama taking place in a family. This family drama proves that the past never disappears like a mirage on a highway. The past follows behind us like a shadow. It affects our present and future. Alice know this fact better than most people. All of a sudden she finds herself unable to walk in her present or future until she deals with the past. Stephanie, the closest person to her, tells her how to find her father. Most of the truth lies with her ...more
Jerry Schwartz
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The twists and turns in the story of Alice Turnbull both entertain and intrigue in Maria Savva's Coincidences. Alice is a young law student who decides to search for her father after an odd series of coincidences become too much for her to ignore. As her caring mother tries to dissuade Alice from searching for the man who left them when she was only two years old, Alice risks their relationship to search for the truth.

Maria Savva knows how to spin a tale and doesn't waste time when it comes to g
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Kathie
Jan 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn to this book because it had a promising story line and great reviews. It was very hard to find, which made it even more intriguing. Finally, I found a used copy online and had it shipped from England. It stayed on my bookshelf for months tempting me and I kept putting it off just so I could keep the excitement going.

One chapter in and I could tell I was in for a huge disappointment. The 'coincidences' were ridiculously plentiful and contrived and the writing was amateurish at best. T
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Alison French
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this book on the recomnmendation of a Facebook friend and I'm so glad that I did. The storyline is so touching and beautifully written, exploring the emotions both of a mother desperate not to lose the bond built with her only daughter and the daughter's turmoil in discovering the circumstances of her birth. I was moved by the revelations throughout the story and felt real empathy for the main characters. The turmoil felt by the mother in trying to balance what she believes is in he ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the heartwarming story of Alice, she is seeking the truth about her past. Alice begins against the objections of her mother to try and find her father.He had left them both when she was a baby. All she has is an old faded photo of him holding her when she was a baby. Her endeavor leads her down a road of deception and deceit just when she thinks she thinks she knows who she is she finds more hidden truths. Will Alice ever find out the truth? Or should she have listened to her mother and ...more
Dionne
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coincidences follows Alice, the main character, as she experiences a coincidence that turns into a journey to uncover many secrets. I think Maria has written engaging, believable characters and I wanted to know what happened next. The exploration of the theme of finding your identity is relevant and something many people can relate to. The only thing I would have liked to see developed a bit more was the romantic subplot. I found I was just as eager to find out what would happen there as I was t ...more
J. Michael Radcliffe
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
'Coincidences' is the heartwarming story of Alice, a young lady seeking the truth about her past. After waking in the middle of the night in a panic, she reads the next day of a plane crash and a young woman who survived. As she begins seeking answers to her past, she finds only more questions. 'Coincidences' follows Alice's journey to the truth, and the answers she may not yet be ready for.

The characters are very believable, because they are flawed individuals like the rest of us. Ms. Savva has
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Lynda Kelly
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: deleted
I did enjoy this book although I guessed the back story pretty much at the beginning. That didn't spoil it. There was a LOT of repetition and constant crying with a couple of the leading females in this and that started to bore me a little and so I got a bit bogged down around two-thirds of the way in.
It's an interesting tale of a daughter trying to trace her father and learn more about where she came from but with more than a twist !!
It was set in 1997 and in one instance using the number 141 w
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Marta Moran Bishop
Coincidences by Maria Savva, is a thought provoking tale. It leaves one wondering about so many things. Does a twin have special abilities to sense or feel the others experiences? How often do people do things that turn out badly for others, believing that it is in everyone’s best interest because it is easier for them?

I loved this book, the style of writing and the story line. It delved deeply into the psyche of each of the characters bringing them to life for the reader and made it a joy to re
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Kyra
Sep 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the premise of the story was really strong, and the first chapter had me completely engrossed, wondering what would happen about Alice's dream and how the story would tie up. But ... the fact that it took Alice so long to figure out the truth about her family frustrated me. The clues were laid out in front of her very early on, and she still didn't get it.

That said, I managed to whip through the story quite quickly because I wanted to know what would happen next. There were some twists
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Marie Fostino
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you found the opportunity to get enough money to travel the world by doing a favor for a couple who could not have children? As I follow the life of Stephanie, Alice, Miranda, Jane and Roger an old saying comes into my head. `Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.' If you want to know what I mean you will have to buy and read this book. Thank you Maria Savva for the chance to read your book called COINCIDENCE. ...more
Barbie
Oct 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was tough to finish since the book could have been completed in about 3 chapters. It just kept going on and on about the same thing that you, as the reader, already know is inevitablly going to happen. It's a shame, since the 1st chapter really had me and was making it seem that it could be really interesting.
Brittany
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read one other book of Maria Savva's, which i won from a giveaway. Maria was kind enough to send me this one as a surprise and i just finished reading it. I thought it was very interesting and kept wondering the whole way through. I would definitely recommend it!!!
Christina
I picked up this book from Amazon and while it was really easy to solve the mystery early on, I still skimmed through all of the chapters until the end. I think Maria Saava is talented and commend her on her first novel. It's a huge feat and it was high on the Amazon charts.

Laura Smith
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


What a fantastic book this was. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Would recommend Everyone to read it!
Joni
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of twist and turns with this story, it kept me thinking the entire time. I enjoyed reading this book, and I liked how it ended.

Junying
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable and engaging read.
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