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Finding Eadie by Caroline Beecham
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Finding Eadie is the third novel by British-born Australian author, Caroline Beecham. London, late 1942, and assistant editor at Partridge Press, Alice Cotton suddenly and inexplicably abandons her latest exciting project to care for a pregnant cousin in Bristol.

In reality, Alice’s deeply religious mother has sent her off to give birth away from prying eyes, promising they will raise the baby together with their cousin cover story. Except that Alice wakes, days after giving birth to Eadie, to find her mother has taken her daughter, and given her away.

As an employee of Partridge Press’s New York office, Theo Bloom can’t really refuse to go to London, even when it means leaving his fiancée (the boss’s daughter) and his ailing father. Nor is he sure of the reception he might receive there: an American sent to sort them out, is what they’ll think. Theo has to see whether various problems, including a reduced paper allocation, can be overcome so the London branch will remain viable.

When he meets with the staff, their loyalty and dedication is clear, but they seem to be pinning their hopes on an absent staff member, Alice Cotton, whose Women and Children First edition could be promising. But where is this Alice?

Then Alice returns, and Theo can immediately see why the team is so enthusiastic about her contribution: her fervour and optimism are infectious. But some of the time, he notes she is quite distracted from her work: there’s something below the surface, something concerning that Alice isn’t sharing.

Alice has returned with one purpose in mind: to use her position at Partridge as an entrée into anywhere that can provide information on the baby farmers to whom her daughter has been handed over. Because Alice will do everything in her power to get her child back. She finds Theo interesting and attractive, but really, she hasn’t the time to spend on a man, nor is she ready to trust one after Eadie’s father.

Beecham easily captures her setting and the era, and explores two interesting topics: the illicit trade in infants; and the importance of books and publishing during wartime. The Regent’s Park zoo story is delightful and if the plot is a little predictable, it does have an exciting climax.

While the characters are appealing, the story is patchy in places and lacks the depth needed to live up to its initial promise, making it enjoyable, but not outstanding, historical fiction.
This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Allen and Unwin.
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Reading Progress

May 29, 2020 – Shelved
May 29, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
June 25, 2020 – Started Reading
June 26, 2020 –
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June 27, 2020 –
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June 28, 2020 –
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June 30, 2020 –
page 233
June 30, 2020 –
page 351
July 1, 2020 – Finished Reading

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Dale Harcombe Enjoyed reading your thoughts Marianne, even though you didn't love this book as much as I did.

Marianne Dale wrote: "Enjoyed reading your thoughts Marianne, even though you didn't love this book as much as I did."

Thanks, Dale, just something missing for me...

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