Every baby’s bracelet held a mother’s secret…
For almost fifty years, Katie has kept a box of secrets.
It dates from her time working as a nurse in a west of Ireland mother and baby home, and contains a notebook with details of the babies and young women she met there. It also holds many of the babies’ identity bracelets.
Following the death of her husband, Katie makes a decision she has long kept at bay. She posts a message on an internet forum, knowing that the information she possesses could help reunite adopted people with their birth mothers.
Soon, the replies are rolling in, and Katie encounters success, failure, heartache and joy as she finds herself in the role of part-detective, part-counsellor – chasing down leads, piecing together stories, and returning many of the bracelets to their original owners.
But there is one bracelet in the box that holds the key to a story that may never be told …
The Paper Bracelet is a gripping and moving story of secrets, lies and a love that never dies.
Inspired by heartrending real events, the gripping new novel from No. 1 bestselling author Rachael English. Readers of Diane Chamberlain and Kathryn Hughes will love this book.
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I read and enjoyed a few of this author’s books so I was incredibly excited to be invited onto the blog tour for this her latest book. The Paper Bracelet is a beautifully written book which manages to be both emotional and uplifting.
Firstly the author has obviously done her research and is able to paint a very stark, clear picture of what unmarried pregnant women in Ireland faced. As most people probably know their future was pretty bleak as it was a hugely taboo subject. I think what struck me the most was that these stories weren’t as far in the past as I hoped and I’m incredibly grateful that things have moved on. People’s attitudes seemed unnecessarily cruel and my heart broke for everything the women and their innocent babies experienced.
The story is told from multiple points of view which keeps the story interesting and helps the reader understand the full picture of what happened. I felt a lot of sympathy for the mothers and I found myself completely drawn into their stories, wishing I could somehow jump into the story to help them. The characters stories are very hard hitting, particularly as you know them to be true. I often found myself tearing up and having to grab one of my kids for a hug whilst reading.
This book drew me in from the start and my fondness for the characters kept me reading as I found I had to find out what happened to them. I thought the ending was a very brave way to end the book as the author managed to make it quite realistic when I feel it would have been easy to give it a happy, sugar coated ending.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Headline for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Rachael English is a bestselling novelist and presenter on Ireland’s most popular radio show, Morning Ireland. During more than twenty years as a journalist, she has worked on most of RTÉ Radio’s leading current affairs programmes, covering a huge range of national and international stories.