I am so honoured to be on the blog tour today for this absolutely amazing and emotional book……Strays and Relations by Dizzy Greenfield.
Strays and Relations follows the story of Dizzy, whose search for her birth parents is sad, humorous, and in parts bizarre. Dizzy learns that she began life as a surviving twin, then was fostered until a permanent home was found.
Dizzy begins her search for her original identity. Why was she given up for adoption in the 1960s? Following a tenuous lead, she travels to Ireland with her best friend Sugar, but the trail takes a misleading turn. It ends in what they mistakenly believe is Dizzy’s mother’s grave.
Dizzy falls in love with Will, a blacksmith. But something is missing. Dizzy’s life changes when her birth father Tommy makes contact using a private detective. He reveals that her birth mother is alive and married to a man called Vernon. Now the bigger, trickier task lies ahead: working out how to fit the disparate bits of her life together. This is a book which will both amuse and touch readers’ hearts.
Strays and Relations manages sensitive subject matter with engaging wit and sharply-observed dialogue, and includes vivid descriptions of some rather unusual animals and people. It will appeal to readers who have encountered a recycled animal or family.
I don’t even know if I have words to describe how I feel about this book. First off, I am absolutely honoured to have been included on this blog tour and for being able to read Dizzy’s story.
Secondly, this book caused me to become an emotional wreck! This well and truly touched my heart.
We get to go along with Dizzy on her journey to discover her birth parents and why she was adopted, whilst taking in a much loved stray of her own. She has the most amazing Mum (who adopted her) and you can truly feel the love they share throughout this. We experience all the feelings she went through on her journey, which had me laughing, smiling and crying for her. We also get to meet Merlin, a wayward dog that she adopts – his antics had me laughing out loud! (This also made me chuckle as my parents had a little black poodle called Merlin, who also had his own mind and did whatever he wanted!)
I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to give away this special story, which I suggest everyone reads. I will warn you though…..I got to Chapter 28 and sobbed my heart out!
This is beautifully written, and I honestly just want to say thank you to Dizzy for sharing her story. I’m sure there are many people out there who will resonate with this, and by sharing her journey will help others who may be going through similar experiences. This has to be one of my favourite ‘real life’ stories that I’ve ever read and will be keeping this on my shelf, and most definitely reading again (at least I’m prepared for the tears this time!)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Of course……If I had a 6 star rating, this book would get it!
about the author….
I have lived in the West Country all of my life, but never in such a remote place as I do now – in the middle of the woods with rooks and bats. It may be remote but it’s never quiet in Dizzyland! When I’m not looking after the dogs, chickens and a six-toed cat, I help run a blacksmith’s forge with my partner.
My ideas come from humorous incidents in my own life, which I fictionalise. Strays and Relations is my first novel.
Before I began writing I had various jobs, including working in a wildlife park and as a youth worker.
Don’t forget to check out the reviews of the other amazing bloggers on this tour:
A massive thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review. All views are my own. I am not affiliated with any of the links in this post.
If you read this, please let me know what you think. I truly loved this book!