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Redemption Song Paperback – January 28, 2016

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press Ltd (January 28, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783758694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783758692
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.3 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Nothing gives me greater pleasure than finding an author with a unique voice, and an ability to tell a wonderful story that captures your heart. The author has said that she writes the sort of books she likes to read - well, she writes the sort of books I love to read too. I could simply pick words out of the press release - this is a book all about love and loss, moving on with the support of friends and family, honesty and forgiveness, guilt and hatred. Powerful stuff, beautifully handled, but the one thing you don't get from that list is how this book will make you feel. This is a book you will experience, heart pounding, stomach aching as you hope beyond hope that things will work out for characters that you've grown to love like your own family.

Let's talk about those characters a little. They're complicated, wonderfully alive, people you might know: they're all a little bruised and damaged, hurting just below the surface, hiding secrets, just trying to get on with life. The central story is really about the two outsiders, Saffron and Joe - and it's a story that will touch you to the heart. But they're surrounded by other wonderfully drawn characters. I quite adored Saffron's mother Rain, with her faith and approach to life, her love for her daughter and her emotions so visible at times: I loved her interactions with eccentric locals (Mair is simply wonderful, and just like a Welsh aunt I remember), her efforts to hold things together, her wry sense of humour and her deep capacity for love.

Other characters were so real to me too - the lovely Ceri, honest and gentle Eifion... even the lad from Liverpool who helped out on the roof job and the lady who ran the shop.
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3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber's review team

Redemption Song starts off on a lonely track in wintry North Wales when Saffron de Lacy's car breaks down and the mysterious Joe comes to her aid. He learns she is a Baptist minister's daughter; when he drives her home she invites him in, and he meets her mother, Rain.
The story tells of three people's road back from emotional trauma, and alternates between the points of view of Saffron, Joe and Rain. This is done very well, with each character's section revealing their hidden side without overdoing it, each 'voice' different enough to be convincing. A quick mention for the amusing surprise at the end of Chapter Three - like Joe, I didn't see it coming at all!

Rain is very real, and likable, but I found it hard to connect with either Joe or Saffron at first, as Saffron is an twenty-five year old, qualified doctor who behaves like a stroppy teenager, and Joe is a slightly rough and ready carpenter with the vocabulary of one much more educated; however, it soon becomes clear that there are many secrets to come out, about all three main characters, and these explain the incongruities; it was the slow drip of information that kept me turning the pages. I found myself particularly fascinated by the truth about Joe, who I definitely started to fancy as the book went on!

The minor characters are more immediately appealing. I could see Saffron's friend Ceri (the 'Welsh Vicky Pollard') straight away, and also her lovely father, and Saffron's nit-picking boss at Wynne's 'department store'; I've lived in small town Norfolk, and Wynne's sounded just like Cromer Indoor Market ~ very well drawn.
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Saffron and her mother Rain have moved to North Wales to start again after a tragedy that has caused them heartbreak, guilt, and confusion. Joe is also running, trying to escape a past that haunts him while simultaneously bent on revenge.
The story is told from three different points of view - Saffron, Rain and Joe. In many novels, this can be confusing, but Laura Wilkinson is a skilful writer and the point of view changes are seamless, with each character having their own distinct voice. The different points of view give a fresh perspective on many of the issues facing the characters and the conflicts between them.
The author has a real ability to give a sense of time and place. Small town North Wales was authentically portrayed and the other characters - Saffy’s new friend Ceri and her father in particular- are a joy to read, honestly portrayed and entertaining. The oppression and depression of a Welsh winter, the drabness of a seaside town off-season are beautifully contrasted with descriptions of the beauty of the countryside in sunshine and snow.
This isn’t a fast-paced drama. The histories of the characters come out slowly, the reader discovering things along with Saffy, Rain and Joe. This works well for the most part, but was a little frustrating at times.
The characters are, for the most part, easy to sympathise with. Rain is lovely, kind and caring if a little OTT at times, but her love for her daughter is clear. Joe too, while mysterious, is genuine and honest, and you know that whatever has happened in the past, there must be a good reason for it! Saffy, however, left me feeling conflicted. She seems very selfish, and is quite horrible to her lovely mum.
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