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Chergui's Child

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Thirty-something Olivia is recovering from a traumatic event five years earlier, when she is summoned to the bedside of her dying aunt, Dorothy. Shortly afterwards, she learns that her aunt has left her a large sum of money and a letter with a startling revelation. From Morocco to London to the south of France, this is the story of one woman’s journey to make her life whol ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st, 278 pages
Published June 3rd 2015
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Charelene Douglas
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Given to me by Author of honest review
An Emotionally Captivating story / Journey
The author has managed to develop complex, flawed personalities, both in the main character and the supporting ones. She makes it easily to like and/or dislike them.
The author is specially skillful at evoking a sense of place, and she regularly excites every one of your senses as she describes, in brilliant but spare detail, each restaurant, each food dish, each sandy beach. At times this impedes the action, but, s
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story, rich in emotional experiences, full of love and hope.

Olivia discovered some news after her beloved aunts death that turns her already precarious world upside down.

We follow Olivia on her journey started by her aunts letter. As the story unfolds aided by flashbacks, Olivia makes more discoveries.

Will she find what she seeks? Can things ever come right?

I will leave it there as I would only be repeating what previous reviewers have already said. Suffice to say this is a book you
Don Sloan
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
** Spoiler Alert**

Chergui's Child is a rich and engrossing story of unrequited love, painful expectations unfulfilled, and a journey in search of a lost child.

Olivia receives startling news upon the death of her aunt: a baby she thought died at birth has in fact lived, and is being raised by her ex-lover in places unknown. This is the chronicle of Olivia's quest to find her five-year-old daughter and -- hopefully -- work out some kind of arrangement to be a part of her life.

We learn much about O
Carrie Lahain
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Upon her aunt's death, a young woman learns information about her own troubled past that changes the course of her life.

It's almost impossible to talk about CHERGUI'S CHILD without revealing pivotal details, but I'll try. Olivia, the heroine, is a complex character. Life has been a struggle for her on many levels. As the book opens she seems confident and capable, but we learn bit by bit that her appearance of control masks deep psychological wounds and an ongoing struggle to maintain a normal l
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, Generally, I avoid reading more than one book by the same author too close together. I feel there is a danger the writing would be too similar and I wouldn’t get the enjoyment I sought from it. Having recently finished Daughters of the Lake, I was concerned that Chergui’s Child would be of a similar offering. However, I am delighted to say that I was very much mistaken and I just couldn’t put this one down.

The plo
Terry Tyler
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was supplied with a free copy to review this for Rosie Amber's Book Review Team

Genre: Family/relationship drama, with themes of extramarial affairs, pregnancy, death, eating disorder.

Chergui's Child is the story of Olivia, whose aunt has just died; to her surprise, she is left a large amount of money in the will. Olivia is a troubled woman; her relationship with her mother is difficult, to put it mildly, and she has an eating disorder. Early in the book, she receives a letter that reveals a s
Whispering Stories
Jun 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Chergui’s Child is the story on one woman’s quest to find the ‘secret’ that has been kept from her for the past five years.

When her Aunt Dorothy dies, Olivia is left a vast amount of money and an accompanying letter revealing an astonishing secret. The ‘secret’ will see Olivia travelling far and wide in search of it.

The story switches from present day back to Olivia’s life six years ago, and through many different countries, including UK, France and Morocco.

Olivia, the main character, has had a
Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. In fact this is the second book by the author that I have read. And yes, there is a complete different treatment.

The plot explores the bond shared by a mother and her daughter akin to Daughters of the Lake. But the similarity ends there. The essence of this poignant story is the journey a mother undertakes to find her lost child, a child whose existence was kept hidden by her own mother. I wish I could say more but that would mean spoiling a beautiful narrative. Read it to beli
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Firstly, I have to say that I really like this cover and how it conjures shimmering heat and the promise of a foreign world. The drama explored in the cover is continued in a story which is intriguing and filled with surprises.
Olivia Bowden finds that she has inherited a large sum of money from her aunt Dorothy. This unexpected windfall gives Olivia the opportunity to try to make sense of her life which has been shattered by a traumatic event which happened some five years earlier. Embarking on
Sandra Olshaski
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second book by Jane Riddell that I've read and thoroughly enjoyed.

Upon the death of her aunt, a young woman named Olivia receives startling information in the form of money and a letter that changes her life forever. The purpose of the inheritance is to fund Olivia's search for a baby she had given birth to 5 years earlier.

The author has managed, once again, to develop complex, flawed personalities, both in the main character and the supporting ones. She makes us easily like and/or
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
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We follow Olivia on her quest to find answers about what happened to the baby she thought died several years earlier. This takes us through several countries that are described so clearly I felt like I was there.

Unfortunately at the beginning I couldn't understand who the characters were to the heroine so this left me puzzled for a while. Since it's a slow paced story, it didn't take long to figure out who everyone was and to like them. The flashbacks filled in the pieces of the story but made i
Anjana Chowdhury
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Olivia's quest for the truth has all the suspense of a detective novel and yet is emotionally charged to satisfy a reader looking to engage with the characters. As usual, the beauty of Riddell's rich sensory descriptions of places adds to the novel's exquisite prose. The clipped sentences are effective in conveying the protagonist's state of mind, fearful of being overwhelmed by her emotions.

A literary page-turner. A book you can't put down.
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, fiction, travel
I would give this a 3.5 star. I wasn't enthralled by it as some other viewers. It started out fairly good but then it started to jump back and forth from the past to the present. It was nice to read about parts of France and dream it was nice and sunny instead of rainy and gray clouds like we had here. ...more
Spunky N Sassy
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
SNSBAH Rating: 4.0

~~~~~~~~~~Lindsey's ★★★★ Review~~~~~~~~~~

I love books that are about the journey. This book takes life experiences and makes them into what life should be. Escape to a wonderful world with a journey that comes full circle.
VERDICT: Great story, with nice suspense and well-defined characters, set partly in the south of France. A beautiful example of a successful self-published novel.

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Chergui's Child by Jane Riddell is a story about Olivia, a 30-something year-old woman, who is saddened by her aunt's passing but surprised to know that her daughter, from a pregnancy a few years back, is in fact alive.
Olivia's aunt leaves her a significant fortune on condition that she goes to search for her daughter.
The book is said to span the London, France and Morocco.
I stopped reading at 50%, where the book had only moved in London and France, but the pace was too slow for me. By 50%, the
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Jane Riddell grew up in Glasgow, Scotland but defected to Edinburgh in her thirties, after living in New Zealand and Australia. For many years she worked for the NHS as a dietitian and health promoter. In 2006 she took a career break to move with her family to Grenoble, France, for three years. During this time she wrote more seriously, so seriously that when she returned to Edinburgh she decided ...more

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