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Redemption Song

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  50 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
If you lost everything in one night, what would you do?

Saffron is studying for a promising career in medicine until a horrific accident changes her life for ever. Needing to escape London, she moves to a small coastal town to live with her mother. Saffron hates the small town existence and feels trapped until she meets Joe, another outsider. Despite initial misgivings, the
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Published January 28th 2016 by Accent Press
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Abigail (Abbie) Osborne
An exploration of the journey of navigating through life trying to find love whilst taking the knocks and punches of reality.

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Elaine Fraser
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love the way Wilkinson writes about a particular time and place and captures setting details that cause you to know the place as well the people in the story. The Welsh landscape and ordinary people with extraordinary life circumstances, are inextricably linked and draw you in to the story.

I found the opening of the novel to be a gentle introduction that built into an intense set of events in a seemingly ordinary town in Wales. The characters' lives are drawn in such a way that the reader fee
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed for Bookaholic Confessions

Set in the Welsh seaside town of Coed Mawr, Redemption Song tells the story of mother and daughter Rain and Saffron. After a tragic accident changes the course of both of their lives Saffron moves to Coed Mawr to be close to her mother in an attempt to escape her memories, but it soon becomes apparent that Rain is struggling to escape some memories of her own.
Whilst feeling trapped in Coed Mawr Saffron ends up meeting Joe who rescues her when her ca
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Nothing gives me greater pleasure than finding an author with a unique voice, and an ability to tell a wonderful story that captures your heart. The author has said that she writes the sort of books she likes to read - well, she writes the sort of books I love to read too. I could simply pick words out of the press release - this is a book all about love and loss, moving on with the support of friends and family, honesty and forgiveness, guilt and hatred. Powerful stuff, beautifully handled, but ...more
Judith Barrow
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked Redemption Song; as the blurb says it’s captivating novel. Laura Wilkinson has an even,straightforward writing style that actually disguises the difficulty in keeping together what is a complex story. On the whole the plot runs smoothly, giving equal balance to the tension and the everyday lives of the characters.

The characters of the two protagonists, Saffron and Joe are well written and rounded; it’s easy to empathise with each of them and to follow their progress, both individually an
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Saffron is a twenty-five year old woman who has lost her way. She was involved in a car accident that changed her life and that of her closest family. Saffron abandoned her studies in medicine and retreated from London to the quiet town of Coed Mawr in Wales, to stay with her mother Rain. Saffron couldn't cope in London, but she hates this small town almost as much. Her mother is the local minister, the manse that is their home is constantly busy, everyone knows her business.

Although Saffron has
Terry Tyler
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Reviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber's review team

3.5 stars

Redemption Song starts off on a lonely track in wintry North Wales when Saffron de Lacy's car breaks down and the mysterious Joe comes to her aid. He learns she is a Baptist minister's daughter; when he drives her home she invites him in, and he meets her mother, Rain.

The story tells of three people's road back from emotional trauma, and alternates between the points of view of Saffron, Joe and Rain. This is done very well, with each ch
Tracy Terry
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A bit of a slow burner to begin with but, oh my goodness so, so well worth sticking with.

Quite different from the author's first book, Public Battles, Private Wars, but once again we are treat to some of the most wonderful female characters in mother, Rain, her daughter, Saffron, and Saffron's friend Ceri.

Told from the point of view of mother and daughter and carpenter Joe. Whilst I can find myself struggling with novels told from multiple points of views I had no such difficulties here. Seamles
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Whilst ‘Redemption Song’ shares the same easy-going, unaffected writing style as her last novel, Laura Wilkinson’s latest offering feels quite different from her breakthrough, ‘Public Battles, Private Wars’. Whereas ‘Public Battles…’ was set in the 1980s against the backdrop of the miners’ strike, ‘Redemption Song’ is set in contemporary North Wales and is less political and more personal in its focus. When Saffron and Joe meet in a small seaside town, they are attracted to one another yet fille ...more
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Saffron and her mother Rain have moved to North Wales to start again after a tragedy that has caused them heartbreak, guilt, and confusion. Joe is also running, trying to escape a past that haunts him while simultaneously bent on revenge.
The story is told from three different points of view - Saffron, Rain and Joe. In many novels, this can be confusing, but Laura Wilkinson is a skilful writer and the point of view changes are seamless, with each character having their own distinct voice. The di
Jo Barton
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
After a catastrophic event, Saffron retreats to the peaceful Welsh town of Coed Mawr. There she learns to shield herself from further hurt and in doing so, the impenetrable barrier which surrounds her seems insurmountable. Living with her mother, Rain, is never going to be easy, as both women have sorrows which they would rather not explore. There is much to understand between mother and daughter, made all the more complex by Rain’s role as the local Baptist minister and by the secrets which exi ...more
Sarah Thorogood
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How would you come back from something so bad that you lost everything in one night? Could you and what would you do? That is the question haunting Saffron. She runs away from a promising career in medicine and moves in with her mum, living in a small coastal town. But the town and existence is choking her and she hates it here, not knowing what to do with herself. And then she meets Joe.He is an outsider too and despite him not giving much away, the two grow closer. But the pair both have secre ...more
Shirley Golden
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm already a fan of Laura Wilkinson's work, and her latest novel doesn't disappoint.

'Redemption Song' is the story of loss, betrayal, finding love, and learning to trust again. It is told through three characters' viewpoints: the grieving mother and daughter, Rain and Saffron, and an elusive stranger, Joe. This trio of viewpoints works well, with each section feeling distinct. The way Joe is given a voice yet kept elusive must have been quite a juggling act, but it's one that is managed expert
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Londoner Saffron De Lacy drops out of medical school to join her mother, Rain, in a Welsh coastal town. After a bumpy start, an unlikely romance blooms with fellow outsider Joe Jones – forcing each to face their secrets, and overcome the past.

Saffron is edgy and brittle, with a barely-concealed vulnerability. As the title (named after a Bob Marley song) suggests, 'Redemption Song' is about grief, guilt and the different ways in which we learn to forgive ourselves – and others.

A modern romance w
Karen's World
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a great read, nice happy story that flows really well. Characters link together great making the reading a pleasure. You can tell I loved the book as finished it quick, would of been quicker if I ignored everything. It kept you guessing about something which I loved as you can imagine all sorts of things. I never guessed what it was though so that is brilliant. Loved this book and the author, look forward to reading another book soon.
Colette McCormick
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Set in a fiction sea side town in Wales Saffron and her mother Rain try to put their lives back together after tragedy tears it apart. They find it in the guise of love, lost love, restoration bats and good friends. The characters are well rounded and interesting enough for the reader to care what will happen to them.
Stephanie Lam
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I do love a rundown seaside town, and I adored the description of Coed Mawr in this lovely book. The love story too is tenderly done and Saffron and Joe are two vulnerable, believable characters and I wished them well.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An enthralling, beautifully written romance with wonderfully quirky characters, a charming setting and enough mystery and suspense to keep you gripped to the end. Loved it.
Lesley Halliday
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Aww lovely book, feel good chick book. No matter what people deserve happiness and to be loved
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Life, loss and love harmonize beautifully to play all the right notes in Redemption Song.

Many people suffer in silence, holding in their bereavement until their emotions escalate and in turn this holds them back from actually living. Saffron and her mum are two such people. After the death of people close to them Saffron takes a break from her studies at medical school to return home to live with her mum, unusually called Rain, a minister of the local chapel, which is badly in need of repair.

Sonya Alford
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sent a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.

Just imagine this. You’re getting on with your life, studying hard so that you can hopefully have a good career. Things are going reasonably well and then just like that everything changes. Unthinkable isn’t it? Sadly though that’s exactly what happened to Saffron.

Saffron wants to become a doctor and is studying medicine. But a tragic accident changes her life forever. Unable to cope anymore and needing a break she leave
Rachel Gilbey
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Saffron had fled to a small welsh seaside town after a terrible car accident, with her mother Rain. As the story progresses we understand the whole truth about the accident, and very slowly she starts to heal.

However what kept me reading was my curiosity about Joe. Joe was clearly hiding something, but will he ever tell Saffron the truth about his past. The reader only gets small hints, and when by the time I eventually discovered his reasons, I found I wasn't too bothered anymore.

The main rea
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You can find my full review here:

Redemption Song tells the story of Saffron and Joe. The book begins with a dramatic prologue which sees Saffron in a terrible car crash, then the narrative moves to two years later. Saffron has moved to the Welsh seaside town of Coed Mawr with her mother Rain, a minister at the baptist chapel, and together they are trying to come to terms with their losses and rebuild their lives. When she meets Joe, a carpenter working on
Victoria Goldman
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Redemption Song is a easy-to-read love story filled with guilt, honesty, deceit and lies.

Saffron was involved in a horrific accident that changed her life forever. After moving back to her hometown to live with her mother Rain, she becomes attracted to Joe, who is very reticent to talk about his past.

Redemption Song is cleverly plotted, emotional and intriguing, as the characters gradually open up to one another as the story progresses. I would have loved to learn a bit more about Joe's backgrou
Thorne Moore
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There’s a love story in this, and a suspense mystery, but it’s not a whirlwind romance or a fast-paced thriller. It’s an acute study of three disparate people imprisoned by private demons that they can’t bring themselves to acknowledge. When they are able to admit those demons, they find redemption. The setting, in a North Wales resort with its decaying pier, is beautifully evoked, minor characters are real and amusing, and Joe and Saffron are believable and sympathetic, but the gem for me is Ra ...more
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Laura Wilkinson grew up in a Welsh market town and now lives in Brighton with her husband and two boys. Her novels: Skin Deep, The Family Line, Public Battles, Private Wars and Redemption Song are published by award-winning Welsh press, Accent. What does all her work have in common? Compelling stories, fascinating characters, and ideas that make you think a little. At least she hopes so! As well a ...more