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Connectedness

(Rose Haldane, Identity Detective #2)

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TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD, ARTIST JUSTINE TREE HAS IT ALL... BUT SHE ALWAYS HAS A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY EVERYTHING
Justine’s art sells around the world, but does anyone truly know her? When her mother dies, she returns to her childhood home in Yorkshire where she decides to confront her past. She asks journalist Rose Haldane to find the baby she gave aw
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Kindle Edition, 341 pages
Published May 10th 2018 by Beulah Press
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Whispering Stories
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book Reviewed by Linda on www.whisperingstories.com

‘Connectedness’ what a read!! Totally captivated within a few chapters of starting to read this book. A gripping tale of love, loss, and human struggle.

The book begins with a young student in the first steps of life, going to Malaga, Spain for Art college. We read of the highs and lows of being a student and being far away from home. Then how something happens charges an impact on the rest of her life.

Brilliantly written with very good descripti
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sue
I read this one with speed.
Her debut was awesome and I thoroughly enjoyed it so was aware of her style of writing.

It took a bit to get into but once I got into it I was following it pretty well.

A well known artist with a secret.
If the secret is revealed will she loose her followers?

Will the daughter she wants to find connect with her now her baby she gave away is an adult?

Nothing is simple, nothing is straight forward in this book, then nor is life right?

A very well written book that draws you
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Katie
I really wanted to love this book. I was adopted and relate to the main issues encountered in the book. However, the book was tedious to read and a little disjointed between the flashbacks and different parts of time. There is extreme detail about the artistic processes. The book has beautifully written parts. However, some of the characters are too emotionally complex while others are too shallow. I would read more in this Identity series, however.

Thank you to NetGalley, the author Sandra Danby
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Liza Perrat
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this extremely well-written mystery-family saga. It’s the second in Sandra Danby’s Identity Detective series and I have not read the first (yet!), but this did not deter at all from my enjoyment.


Justine Tree, successful collage artist, asks identity detective Rose Haldane to search for the daughter she gave up for adoption in 1983.Will this terrible secret that Justine carries close to her heart threaten her art career?


The story is told mainly through Justine’s viewpoint, fli
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Judith Barrow
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Connectedness. Although it is the second novel in the ‘Identity Detective’ series that features Rose Haldane, journalist and identity detective, who reunites the people lost through adoption, it can be read as a standalone novel. In Connectedness the story revolves around the protagonist, successful artist, Justine King, who discovers her life is, and has been, a web of lies and secrets. She is vulnerable and haunted by incidents that happened in her younger days as a student. ...more
Renita D'Silva
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read and loved this author's debut, Ignoring Gravity, the first in the Identity Detective series and so I was waiting eagerly for the next book in the series. And wow, did it deliver! Connectedness is perfection, a masterpiece. A beautiful book on so many levels. The title and the stunning cover drew me in and the prologue took my breath away. I had to read on to know why, what, who. I felt for Justine - her ache, angst, grief, her quest for answers - all so realistic, so sensitively portrayed ...more
Hope Sloper
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: very-enjoyable
Sandra Danby does it again, only this time, I felt she did it better. It could have been that I was able to connect more with Connectedness than the first of this series, Ignoring Gravity. More so in the sense of her reflections of her parents. My children are getting older, and while I try not to think too hard about what they have hidden, are hiding, and will hide from me, I expect it because I was once young and did the same. There is no such thing as total transparency between child and pare ...more
Ellen
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t realise this was the second in a series but it can easily be read as a standalone. The concept of the story itself is fascinating: In the ‘Identity Detective’ series, Rose Haldane, journalist and identity detective, reunites the people lost through adoption. They are the stories you don’t see on television shows. The difficult cases. The people who cannot be found, who are thought lost forever. Rose Haldane is a version of those people that reunite families on Surprise Surprise and Long ...more
Cathy Ryan
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: woman-s-fiction
4.5*
Beginning with a short, intriguing prologue, we become acquainted with Justine King as she attends her mother’s funeral in Yorkshire. Justine is a very successful artist and her story unfolds through present and past narratives. Justine’s return to her childhood home kindled memories, and thoughts on the path her life had taken after learning of her friend’s betrayal when they were teenagers. Turning emotions into art she created a collage which paved her way into art college and a subsequen
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Rosie Amber
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Connectedness can be placed within the wide-ranging genre known as 'women’s fiction' and features the effect that adoption has on all those involved. This book contains characters from Danby’s previous book Ignoring Gravity and although this can be read as a standalone, some readers might enjoy reading the books in sequence.

The story introduces us to Justine; she’s an artist. Her mother has recently died and Justine looks back at her life, questioning many of her decisions. Through a series of f
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Barbara Rohde
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the series by Sandra Danby with adoption as its central theme. In this book Justine Tree, a renowned collage artist, asks Rose Haldane to search for the daughter she had given up for adoption. The characters are all well-rounded and the story switches from Spain in 1983 to England in 2010. Danby writes well and her well thought out novel takes the reader on a journey primarily through the relinquishing mother's viewpoint.
Annarella
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary
A very good book. It can be read as a standalone even if there's a previous one.
The style of writing is really good, the characters are interesting and well designed.
Recommended.
Alexa
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read Sandra Danby’s first novel - Ignoring Gravity - and was pleased to have the opportunity to read the second one via NetGalley. Although this is a follow-on novel from the first,it could equally be read as a standalone. Danby does not rely just on the story of the search carried out by her identity detective - Rose Haldane, but builds up a detailed and believable picture of the life of her main character, Justine. Well written with realistic characters and the setting out of the story in a ...more
ABCme
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thank you Netgalley and Beulah Press for the ARC

2010. Justine's current succes, a collage series called The Unbearable Greenness of Green, brings us art and nature, friendship and abandonement. Federico, Darya and Rose are all in some way connected to the artist. The chapters jump to 1983 and back getting closer to the secret that Justine has been keeping for years, scared of loosing her credibility as an artist. Beautifully written at an easy pace, it takes us by the hand as we witness the arti
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Katharine Johnson
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Ignoring Gravity, the first book in this series so had been looking forward to reading this one which has been on my TBR pile for a long time. I wasn’t disappointed and in fact thought this was a better book. It’s intriguing, engaging and beautifully written. I love the concept for this series and I’m looking forward to Rose’s next identity investigation.
(I received a copy of this book from Netgalley).
Isabell
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Originally posted on Dreaming With Open Eyes



Sandra Danby at her best!

Having read and loved the first book (Ignoring Gravity) in the Identity Detective series I looked forward to reading a new novel from Sandra Danby. Connectedness is the book in the series, yet it can easily be read as a standalone novel. The books in the series all feature Rose Haldane, who helps to reunite adopted children and their birth families, and who was adopted herself. Connectedness centres around the artist, Justine
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Claire Dyer
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel is deftly plotted with vivid characters and a mesmerising story. I truly loved the way Justine’s past was woven into her present, reminding us that we are all, like her art, collages made from the memories and experiences we pick up on our travels and via the people we meet. Justine’s search for redemption is sensitively told as is Rose’s role as facilitator and confidante. There is so much to admire in this book, Connectedness, is a must-read for this summer.
Julie
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very clever novel that explores our relationship with the environment, as well as the different ways in which we are connected to it and to others. Sandra Danby has chosen two perfect locations, Filey with its windswept coast and Malaga in Spain, both of which appeal for different reasons. I can readily understand how you can be drawn back to your birthplace yet feel more alive under the Mediterranean sun. Throughout the book, there is the suspense of the protagonist's daughter, whom she gave ...more
Bookmuseuk
I absolutely adored this extremely well-written mystery-family saga. It’s the second in Sandra Danby’s Identity Detective series and I have not read the first (yet!), but this did not deter at all from my enjoyment.


Justine Tree, successful collage artist, asks identity detective Rose Haldane to search for the daughter she gave up for adoption in 1983.Will this terrible secret that Justine carries close to her heart threaten her art career?


The story is told mainly through Justine’s viewpoint, fl
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Amanda Huggins
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Connectedness is the second novel by Sandra Danby in the ‘Identity Detective’ series, yet it can easily be read as a standalone novel. The books in the series all feature Rose Haldane, who helps to reunite adopted children and their birth families, and who was adopted herself. Connectedness centres around the artist, Justine King, whose life is a tangle of lies and secrets.

I really enjoyed Danby’s first book, Ignoring Gravity, and so I was looking forward to reading Connectedness. It certainly d
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Elizabeth Lloyd
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Justine Tree is a successful artist, about to be accepted into the Royal Academy. But we meet her in her childhood home on the East Yorkshire coast, remembering her childhood, as she clears her mother’s home after her funeral. She remembers the encouragement of her parents and her early interest in the life of Picasso. But she also realises that she is acting a part, concealing secrets from her past.

Justine’s home in London is shared with Darya, a much older woman who understands her art and has
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Kati Berman
Connectedness by Sandra Danby

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am impressed with all the 5 and 4 star reviews , but for me this book was only three stars at best. Others described the plot, so I will be brief there. Justine Tree is a successful artist, her art is displayed not only locally, but all over the world. We meet her, as she is cleaning out her mother’s house in Yorkshire after her death. During this time, she is also thinking about her childhood, h
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Helen Christmas
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing story on many levels, beginning with the introduction of artist, Justine Tree. The story hops from the aftermath of her mother's death to flashbacks to a childhood in Yorkshire then the inspiration for her art. In between the modern day setting however, is an underlying story set in Malaga, a place where she studies art as a student. This is the part I found most intriguing with beautiful descriptions that capture the essence of Spain.

This is not a quick an easy read, more a slow a
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Linda Hardy
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Just couldn't get into the book, found it very slow going, and the jumping from different time lines I just did not connect with the book
Sara
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (www.chicklitcentral.com)

Having read Ignoring Gravity, I looked forward to reading more from Sandra Danby, a continuation in Rose’s quest to help people discover their pasts and ultimately, their identities. While it’s primarily told through Justine’s perspective, we get to see how two characters become linked through pain and loss, going through similar life experiences that have shaped who they are today.

I felt transported between Justine the young ad
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Sandra Danby is a proud Yorkshire woman, tennis nut and tea drinker. She believes a walk on the beach will cure most ills. Unlike Rose Haldane, the identity detective in her two novels, IGNORING GRAVITY and CONNECTEDNESS, Sandra is not adopted.
Rose Haldane, journalist and identity detective, reunites the people lost through adoption. The stories you don’t see on television shows. The difficult ca
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