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Genealogy enthusiast Suzie Fewings meets Prudence Clayson, an American who is in England researching her family tree. Suzie agrees to assist Prudence in tracing the background of her husband’s relative, a base (illegitimate) child born in the 1700s. At home, Suzie’s teenage daughter, Millie, is worried about her good friend Tamara, who is pregnant and has been missing for days—her mother and stepfather apparently unconcerned about the situation. At Millie’s insistence, the Fewings family delves into Tamara’s disappearance while trying to determine who could be the child’s father (Tamara has refused to reveal the father’s identity). When Millie receives a card from Tamara that contains a clue to where she may be hiding, the family sets out to find her, leading to tragedy. Genealogy buffs will appreciate the research techniques shared and the information about the plight of unwed mothers and illegitimate children in England in the 1700s that is woven through the story. --Sue OBrien

About the Author

Fay Sampson, three-time nominee for ""The Guardian"" Children's Fiction Prize, is the author of many books, including the Pangur Ban Celtic Fantasies ""Shape-Shifter,"" ""Pangur Ban the White Cat,"" ""Finnglas of the Horses,"" and ""Finnglas and the Stones of Choosing,""

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Product Details

  • Series: Suzie Fewings (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; Reissue edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 072788087X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727880871
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,557,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kiri on February 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The premise of "Father Unknown" by Fay Sampson has a lot of promise--a modern day mystery with uncanny links to the past and a likeable amateur detective/genealogist who uncovers those links. Unfortunately, after several interesting revelations and a quick mystery, most of the book is spent with the characters missing obvious clues, spinning their wheels agonizing over the same decisions over and over again, and praying for each other. For someone who loves both mysteries and researching family histories, this novel was a real disappointment, albeit with an interesting couple of sidenotes as to genealogy research and the thrill of finding all too human connections in the past. Also, though it not overtly stated in the marketing, this is definitely christian fiction, which may or may not be to the reader's taste. It was not to this reader.
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The story engaged the reader from the beginning to the end and had many twists. The search tips written in it were added so that they were integral to the whole story. Enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next in the series.
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