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Strays and Relations follows the story of Dizzy, whose search for her birth parents is sad, humorous, and in parts bizarre. Dizzy learns that she began life as a surviving twin, then was fostered until a permanent home was found.

Dizzy begins her search for her original identity. Why was she given up for adoption in the 1960s? Following a tenuous lead, she travels to Irel
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Published March 13th 2018 by Matador
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5☆ A Warm, Entertaining, Real, Funny, Emotional, Must Read!

Strays and Relations is a beautifully warm, insightful, compelling, and poignant read with plenty of laugh out loud moments.
It's a story about finding oneself, truths, family, adoption, biological parents, friendships and one cheeky loveable pup.

Dizzy has always known she was adopted, but something was always missing.
Although she loved her family, she had come to the time where she needed answers and wanted to search for her birth parent
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dervla (Dizzy) Greenfield reveals the emotional rollercoaster she, Will, and her mum traveled, in Strays and Relations, after Dizzy was contacted by a private investigator for her biological father, Tommy. Dizzy's parents were very open about her adoption since she was very young. She knew she was loved and accepted but longed to know why she wasn't good enough for her biological mother. Maria always regretted the decision she made while grieving for the twin that died and the rejection her husb ...more
Lel Budge
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dizzy knew she was adopted…..She also knew she was much loved by her adoptive parents but had always wondered why her biological mother had given her away..

She contacts the relevant authorities and gets her ‘birth file’….with only basic details and adds herself to the search register.

She travels to Ireland with her best friend, Sugar, to find out more about her mother…..their laugh out loud exploits are bittersweet though…

Dervla (Dizzy) Greenfield writes an emotional rollercoaster here with laug
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dizzy Greenfield is adopted and feels like she needs to know where her beginnings were and why her parents gave her up. She was fortunate to have great adoptive parents and loves them but just needs to put the past at rest. The journey takes time and has some unexpected turns but she manages to do it with humor as well as tears and some deep emotions in making her world work for her. She is fortunate to have Will who shows so much love and patience with her journey. There are many surprises and ...more
Arush Ul islam
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent book and the title goes very well with the content.

The book is about the author dizzy greenfield who in his childhood was given to another lady to enable her to have fun in a good home.

It’s tremendously good!!!

Once start reading its unputdownable!!!
Nikki Copleston
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful book, a memoir of adoption - but so much more! Although Dizzy has changed the names of the people involved - for obvious reasons - this is her account of tracking down and reconnecting with the young mother who gave her away as a baby. Dizzy is frank about the challenges this posed - not only the logistics of tracing her 'lost' family, but also the way in which this ready-made tribe of half brothers and sisters - and their children - threatened to overwhelm her, a woman who ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A book of honest memories, sometimes painful, often hilarious, always thought provoking, Dizzy Greenfield has written a loving book of family and friends. This is the story of discovery of what families can mean in all their variety and sometimes inconvenient affection. New beginnings can only mean challenges, but as Dizzy negotiates life in all its variety, her unique circumstances seem to magnify the small challenges that afflict all of us at times. The contrast between countryside and city is ...more
Michelle Whitham (curled_up_with_a_good_book)
I don’t even know if I have words to describe how I feel about this book. First off, I am absolutely honoured to have been included on this blog tour and for being able to read Dizzy’s story.

Secondly, this book caused me to become an emotional wreck! This well and truly touched my heart.

We get to go along with Dizzy on her journey to discover her birth parents and why she was adopted, whilst taking in a much loved stray of her own. She has the most amazing Mum (who adopted her) and you can truly
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book to read, it is a novel but is also a fictionalized account of the authors true humorous stories from her own life, so part memoir I guess.
Dizzy is a surviving twin, who was fostered out and then adopted, as her mother was not able to take care for her.
As the title states this is a story of her life through four decades. She and her husband Will, live in the country, near her adoptive parents. They have a bit of a hectic life but love their home, and the dogs that they have re
Caroline Venables
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant first novel, made even more exceptional as it is a true story. It must have taken a lot of soul searching and bravery to lay yourself bare in this way and I congratulate the author for this.

The book follows Dizzy as she starts her journey to find her biological mother, and she is successful but first meets her father, then her mother. Dizzy explains the emotions of their first encounters and how the changing dynamics of her life, impact on the other members of her life. Her h
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Well, this is certainly a book that is full of emotions and takes you on quite the ride as you follow Dervla (Dizzy) on her journey of meeting her birth parents and all that comes with it!

Now this story is a fictionalized version of the authors own experiences and stories and I think this really shows in the book, although fictionalized it helps give a very real feeling to the
B.R. Maycock
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to admit I was a little bit worried about reading this, adoption and catholic Ireland being something I think about a lot, as being an Irish catholic (I go to mass on and off but hold a lot of beliefs, and know some lovely priests, but hate what Irish history is and how cruel catholic Ireland was to so many people) and was relieved when it didn't become all about that.

I read it on a train, aptly enough, a s this is very much a story about a journey and I settled into Dizzy's one nicely. T
Kerry Robinson
What a fabulously heartwarming and uplifting novel. That’s not to say its without it’s moments where tissues are needed. This novel/part memoir really touched a nerve with me as I am an adopter and i know theres a chance I may find myself supporting my daughter through similar events in the future.

I adored Dizzy’s approach to life, I laughed at her mishaps and mischief with her friend Sugar and I shed a tear at her most vulnerable times such as being pregnant and Tuesday the dog. Each chapter is
Joffre White
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful, honestly written book. The story of Dizzy's search fro her birth mother is an entertaining, emotional rollercoaster of a read. As her journey unravels, you get pulled in to Dizzy's world of wonderful characters and animals. It's so easy to get emotionally attached to Dizzy and at certain moments forget that she and everyone else in the book are real people. A very moving and at times hilarious account of a sensitive subject to some people, but it is handled with grace, honesty ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
This is the author’s true story of finding her birth parents and navigating her emotions as she integrates her new biological family into her life. It was very brave of her to share this so openly, and I have no criticism of the story whatsoever. My issue is with the way she tells the story, which is very much “first we did this, then we did that.” It was more like little vignettes that were loosely connected. It could have used a little more polish in the overall delivery.
Wendy Worley
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Strays and Relations is a delight. warm and funny it relates the concerns and anxieties of the author on connecting with her birth parents - the eccentricities of family characters and relations as well as the sensitivity of how these affect her adopted home relationships. The other strand to the story is the challenging behaviour of adopted family pets. This combination makes for some wonderfully humorous encounters and poignant moments.
Chris Lister
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a warm and affectionate story about adoption and our heroine’s meeting with her birth family. Dizzy has grown up in a loving and supportive family but then she embarks on a journey to meet the family she never knew. Interwoven into this is the tale of her childhood and her relationship with the lovely Will. This is a very impressive first novel and gives us family in all its different forms.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed this book. ;it was warm and funny. The family members were a welcome addition. Very funny moments in this book. Nice read.Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book. Although I received the book in this manner, it did not affect my opinion of this book nor my review.
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Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Strays and Relations by Dizzy Greenfield has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award.

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"A beautiful novel, I couldn’t put it down. Excellently written and worded."
Gill Harry
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book enormously. Like Dizzy Greenfield, I only later discovered my birth family later in life. The highs and lows of the author’s journey to find her roots are written with humour and style. It’s a great read for anyone who is adopted – and for anyone who isn’t!
Aisha Crossman
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I took this book on holiday and I really enjoyed it. It’s a lovely book about family.
Jackie Muller
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In 1968 a young Catholic girl gives up her baby daughter. 5 hours and 36 years later Dizzy is about to meet her birth mother. Two worlds collide as they find each other on the platform...This witty, insightful, beautifully written book has made me laugh and cry in equal measures. Dizzys search to find herself, her stays and her relations is a journey tinged with guilt, but filled with humour, love and the answers she needs.
This true story is heartwarming and I encourage you to loose yourself in
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What a brilliant read! Once you open it, you cannot put it down. 5*
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