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Ignoring Gravity [Rose Haldane: Identity Detective #1]

(Rose Haldane, Identity Detective #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  67 reviews
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, 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 u ...more
Kindle Edition, 437 pages
Published November 21st 2014 by Beulah Press
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Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a story that on the whole I found really enjoyable. Six months after the death of her mother, Rose, in her late 30s, finds out that she is adopted. I really enjoyed the way the author showed how this completely knocked her for six – the shock, anger that she had been lied to all her life, and the frustration that she feels because she cannot ask her mother about the whys and wherefores of what happened. Her father is grieving her mother and she cannot bring herself to question him too de ...more
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I promised myself that for every book that is recent I would then read a book from my TBR pile from the year before, and this is one of them.

It was a quick and easy read because of it being so engrossing, I was reading this while waiting at the doctors, waiting for supper to cook and any little time in between, its surprising how far you can get in one book.

Imagine reaching 30 years old and 6 months after your mother died you learn that you had been adopted. What a shock.

How can she ask her fath
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m going to be honest and admit that I have been procrastinating somewhat when it came to reading this. I’m not entirely sure why that was, but in part I think my mood as of late is to blame. I’ve been procrastination on absolutely everything. Nevertheless, I have sort of pulled myself out of my flunk and decided to get back into reading.

Oh how surprised I was by this book.

I wasn’t really sure what I had been expecting from this book. Part of me had been expecting to hate it, for it to fall int
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps the best word to describe this book is powerful, but one word is certainly not enough. At first when I read the title I really didn’t know what to expect, but once I was just a few pages in I realised that Ignoring Gravity is the perfect title, in every way. There were so many moments in the book where I had to stop reading and go back to appreciate a particular phrase or sentence. Danby is a talented writer, both on the surface of her writing and on a deeper level.

It is clear that she u
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Beulah Press and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

My Review: This debut novel is about family and the secrets they hide with a healthy dose of romance. It focuses on a young woman who, after reading her recently deceased mother's diaries, finds out that the family she grew up with may not be her family after all. It's this sudden revelation that spurs Rose to use her investigative skills as
Liz Barnsley
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by this one, the starting point being adoption, as an adopted child myself it appealed to me for that reason. Plus the hint of mystery tempted me in and what I found was a really good read, some great characters and an often emotive look at family relationships.

One of the things that especially appealed to me was the authenticity with which Ms Danby writes about Rose’s reaction to finding she is adopted – her hunt for her “blood” parents takes on an obsessive streak and the very
Renita D'Silva
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this beautiful book about a woman's quest for the truth of her birth, the truth about her parentage. Sensitively handled, this is a beautifully written book. Loved all the characters especially Rose and Lily and Aunt Bizzy. I can't wait for the next in the series. Highly recommended. ...more
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it

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Ignoring Gravity is an emotional, moving tale about two sisters, Rose and Lily, threatened to be torn apart by an adoption they discover, six months after the death of their mother. The novel is mostly told in alternating chapters from Rose and Lily. Whilst going through their mother’s things a little while after cancer killed her, they find her diaries and soon after learn the life-changing news that Rose was adopted and Lily isn’t her
Cleopatra  Pullen
This is Rose Haldane’s story, she is a journalist at the Herald her articles being chiefly of the filler type on beauty products and female medical issues, but Rose has ambition despite her boss’s determination to not only get her name wrong but put her down at every opportunity, even more so when she insults him in front of the team.

Six months after Rose and Lily’s mother Diane dies, they go around to their parent’s home to go through her things for their father John. Going through a box on top
Nov 11, 2014 added it
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Ignoring Gravity pulls the reader in right from the first pages, following the journalist Rose Haldane, who after the shock of discovering she had been adopted at birth, uses her investigative skills to unearth the mystery surrounding her birth.

She must also deal with the impact of receiving such knowledge without any prior warning, although it gave her fresh insight into the difficult relationship she had with her mother.

Her sister Lily is married to William and works part time, but is pining
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rose Haldene is a journalist by day writing for a paper in London. Her mother dies and her father gives her sister Lily and her the task of sorting through their mother’s possessions. The sisters come upon their mother’s journals in a suitcase and Rose starts to read one. It is right there that her world falls apart as she discovers she is adopted. When she finds a photograph of a baby which appears to be her in one of her mother’s handbags she embarks on a journey to find out who she is. Her fa ...more
Whilst helping her sister, Lily, clear their mother’s belongings, Rose finds the diaries that change her perspective on life. Reading them, she discovers she was adopted. As a thirty-something year old journalist, Rose is very aware of how to carry out research and puts her skills to good use as she seeks information about her birth parents. Her adoptive father is traumatised by his wife’s death and tries to avoid all discussions about the past and her adoption, suggesting she doesn’t look into ...more
Rosie Amber
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ignoring Gravity is contemporary fiction, we meet Rose Haldane, a thirty-five year old journalist. She works for the London Herald and is currently working on a couple of projects; an interview with Nick Maddox from Biocare Beauty and an article on early menopause.

Rose's sister Lily is married to William. Lily is trying for a baby to the point of obsession. Their mother has recently passed over and together they are sorting through all her belongings when they discover a set of diaries. Rose is
Hope Sloper
It took me a little bit to get into Ignoring Gravity, but once I did, I could not put it down. I loved that this book brought some often difficult issues: infertility, adoption, family relationship, and identity to light. An overall delightful read.

The characters are very well developed. The story has excellent throughput and is well written. It was very easy to connect with Rose, and I wanted to see her find her answers. I rooted for her, and for the encouragement, she got from those around her
Cathy Ryan
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rose Haldane’s world falls apart when she and her sister discover their dead mother’s diaries while sorting through her belongings. It starts a chain of events that catapult Rose through a roller coaster of emotions. Using her journalistic skills Rose starts the search to find out the truth and slowly uncovers events that touch many lives.

Meanwhile Rose’s sister, Lily, is dealing with marriage problems as well as the changing family dynamics.

It’s a fascinating and intriguing tale of family, love
Suzy Turner
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed Ignoring Gravity - the depths of the relationships between the characters particularly set it apart although I thought Rose did seem to find (and fall in) love a little too easily. But other than that, it was a fabulous read. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat desperately wanting her to discover the truth in all the twists and turns throughout. I must admit that I did have an inkling as to who her father was before it was revealed though!
I love that it's about so
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2015, n, net-galley
After her mother dies, Rose discovers that she is adopted after reading some of her diaries. She is in turn shocked, hurt and angry. Her dad is still upset and she doesn’t feel that she can ask him for all the answers.
Her sister is facing her own problems- desperate to start a family. They turn to each other for support- but don’t fully understand just how deeply the other is hurting. Lily is also looking to the diaries for some clues about why she’s finding it difficult to become pregnant.
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-reader, net-galley
It was great to spend time with this story of identity and family secrets. It is well written and Rose Haldane is an engaging character to tag along with as her world is turned upside down by family secrets that emerge after the death of her mother. In fact, the cast of characters are all a pleasure to get to know. This book is not only a chick lit romance, it is also a mystery thriller and, I am pleased to learn, just the first assignment for "Rose Haldane, Identity Detective." I can now look f ...more
Margaret Madden
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
3.5 stars. Review to follow
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read

Really great book, Hard to put down, I'm really looking forward to reading the next book (which I've already bought) , Would recommend
Graeme Cumming
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s fair to say this isn’t my normal reading. At least, that’s what I thought when I first picked it up. As I became more engrossed in it, I began to wonder if it was anyone’s normal reading – and I mean that in a positive way. It didn’t slot neatly into a particular genre, but that didn’t detract from the story. The fact I became engrossed should be a clue to that. The writing is excellent, drawing you into the story very rapidly and carrying you along for the ride, with believable characters ...more
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for providing this ARC to me in exchange for an honest review...

Immediately out of the ball park with this book and I'm thinking, "Oh, no.... please tell me this is not a 50 Shades of Gray spin off".... The opening scene depicts a somewhat "green" young journalist, who seems very nervous and lacking in confidence, calming herself down for an interview with a super rich, sexy, young executive who just purchased a multi-million dollar beauty products corporation. Sound famil
Gwen Wilson
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rose Haldane is independent, self-reliant, in control of her life and with an eye on the future of her career. Most of all, she 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. Rose believes she is a Haldane through and through, even though she is vastly different to her sister Lily, and for that matter, their mother. Rose had a fraught relationship with her mother, never quite l ...more
Katherine Sunderland
"I've been surrounded by lies all my life, who can you trust if your parents lie to you?"

Meet Rose; confident, self assured, grounded and a woman who knows who she is. Except she doesn't. While clearing out her mother's belongings following her death, Rose comes across her mum's diaries. At first she enjoys reading the extracts, entertained by her mum's young voice which is so different from the adult character Rose knew and loved. But, as she reads on she discovers a deep secret. Rose is adopte
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First posted on Dreaming With Open Eyes

I kindly received Ignoring Gravity in exchange of an honest review by the author.

From time to time it's a great change for me to accept a review request of a book I usually wouldn't pick up at the bookstore. I'm always very delighted when this book turnes out to be such a surprising, wonderful read. The book is due to be published on 21st November and is Sandra Danby’s debut novel.

Rose Haldane is a young journalist, who works in London. She is single and ha
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This novel was disappointing right from the start. The plot had great potential, but from page one the writing was rushed, with no clear backstory for any of the characters, making it impossible to get emotionally involved. The opening interview scene between Rose and Nick, which should have been their adorable first meeting and precursor to romance, instead felt like a poorly done rip-off of Fifty Shades of Grey. My first
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review for Chick Lit Central (www.

There were two primary reasons I felt drawn to Ignoring Gravity. The close relationship I have with my younger sister, number one. The second reason: there was a brief time during my childhood where I was convinced I was adopted. This paranoia was brought on by a passing joke my paternal grandmother told to a friend of hers, not knowing I was in the other room and had heard every word. She told her friend that I must be the mail man’s child,
Lisa Devaney
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I first heard about this book, I did not think that the topic of identity would catch my interest. Then, when it became available, I decided to give it a chance and was quickly drawn into the story and character Rose.

Why, of course, our identity – our genetic makeup, our reality of who our biological parents are is a topic every human being can appreciate. What if, like Rose, our very DNA origins were called into question? What if, like Rose, we suddenly woke up to find out our parents wer
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Six months after the death of their mother Diane, Rose and her sister Lily are cleaning out their mother’s closet and come across a suitcase full of old diaries. Paging through them, Rose comes upon an entry involving her birth and discovers that she was adopted. Stunned, shocked and questioning her identity, Rose searches for answers from her father, who would rather drown his feelings in beer, and her grandmother, who had a d
Tina Price
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book immensely, having received a copy to review, I was delighted to be able to be so genuinely positive about it.

Rose and Lily have a complex, sisterly relationship until they discover a crucial fact while clearing out their mother's possessions following her death. The novel then develops into a fascinating exploration of some universal family questions. What does it mean to be a mother, sister, daughter? When is it OK to keep a secret within a family? What happens to relations
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