The Missing Pieces of Us

The Missing Pieces of Us 3

by Fleur McDonald

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 29/03/2017

5/5 Rating 3 Reviews
  $29.99

Sometimes you have to resolve the past before you can face the future. The moving and heart-warming new novel from Fleur McDonald.

Lauren Ramsey is a teacher whose mantra is to never let a child fall through the cracks. But Lauren is so concerned about the welfare of a little boy in her kindy class she doesn't realise her own daughter, Skye, needs help.

At fourteen, Skye Ramsey is dealing with the usual pressures faced by teenage girls, from the pitfalls of social media to coping with fickle friends and the attention of boys. The only person who seems to listen to Skye is Tamara Thompson, the manager of her favourite clothes shop.

Tamara knows what it's like to be a troubled teen because as an adolescent she felt unloved and overlooked. She now has a successful career and a partner who adores her, but her sense of worthlessness and fear of rejection are threatening to overwhelm her.

All three women are searching for a happier future, but finding it may lie in resolving secrets from their pasts . . 

From the bestselling author of Red Dust and Crimson Dawn comes a moving and intriguing novel about love, friendship and how the truth can sometimes set us free.

ISBN:
9781760293949
9781760293949
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
29-03-2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
320
Dimensions (mm):
241.3x152.4mm

Fleur McDonald

Fleur McDonald has lived and worked on farms for much of her life. After growing up in the small town of Orroroo in South Australia, she became a jillaroo before spending twenty years farming 8000 acres, east of Esperance, WA.

Fleur likes to write about strong women overcoming adversity, drawing inspiration from her own experiences in rural Australia. She is the best-selling author of Red Dust, Blue Skies, Purple Roads, Silver Clouds and Crimson Dawn, Emerald Springs, Indigo Storm, Sapphire Falls, The Missing Pieces of Us, Suddenly One Summer and Fool's Gold, as well as the ebook exclusive If You Were Here.

Fleur currently lives in Esperance with her two children and a Jack Russell terrier.

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  • Best read for ages

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    Another great book that I could not put down at all.Found it very good to read and good story line in it.

  • The missing pieces of us

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    This book was absolutely enthralling and captured me from page 2.
    Definetly recommend this book as a Sunday read or Wintertime because once you pick it up you won't want to put it down!!!!!

  • An enjoyable read.

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    4.5 stars

    The Missing Pieces of Us is the ninth novel by Australian author, Fleur McDonald. Sometimes fourteen-year-old Skye Ramsey wonders if she is adopted: her mother is always on her case, and from the way her parents favour her older brother Stu (their Golden Boy) over her, it’s obvious they never really wanted her. Thank goodness for Billy Gaston! Billy is seventeen and, though some of the photos he sends on Snapchat are a bit daring, she knows he loves her.

    Skye’s mother, Lauren knows she is adopted, has always known. She had a wonderful childhood and couldn’t have wished for better adoptive parents than George and Connie Jenkins. Which is why she’s hesitant about seeking out her birth mother: she won’t risk upsetting the only parents she’s ever known. She wishes Skye would snap out of this recent moodiness, but is lately distracted by one of her kindergarten pupils whose health and behavioural changes have her worried.

    Tamara Thompson hasn’t seen her parents for twenty-seven years, and is still recovering from the effects of her childhood with a critical, demanding father and a weak mother. She battles insecurity and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder daily, and wonders why Craig sticks around when her flaws are so plain to see. When her mother turns up out of the blue, she knows it can’t be good.

    Three main narrators to tell the bulk of this tale, while a minor narrator gives another perspective later in the story, and a diary written by an anonymous girl adds intrigue. As the bones of the story are fleshed out and the who and why become clear, McDonald’s characters face realistic challenges, grow and develop. If the final outcome is perhaps somewhat predictable, it does not make the realisation of it any less satisfying.

    McDonald easily conveys Perth and surrounds, and the residents of the lovely Gooseberry Hill will be pleased that their suburb stars in this novel. McDonald touches on issues both topical and timeless, including bullying, the pitfalls of social media and peer pressure, grief, fear of diagnosis, forced adoptions and the dilemma of seeking out birth parents, the importance of sun protection and the dangers of melanoma. An enjoyable read.
    With thanks to GoodReads and Allen & Unwin for this copy to read and review.