From the bestselling author of The Ice Cream Girls, The Woman He Loved Before and My Best Friend’s Girl, an emotional story about love, identity and the meaning of family.

‘Where are you coming from with that accent of yours?’ he asks.

‘Nowhere,’ I reply. ‘I’m from nowhere.’

‘Everyone’s from somewhere,’ he says.

Not me,’ I reply silently.

Clemency Smittson was adopted as a baby and the only connection she has to her birth mother is a cardboard box hand-decorated with butterflies. Now an adult, Clem decides to make a drastic life change and move to Brighton, where she was born. Clem has no idea that while there she’ll meet someone who knows all about her butterfly box and what happened to her birth  parents.

As the tangled truths about her adoption and childhood start to unravel, a series of shocking events cause Clem to reassess whether the price of having contact with her birth family could be too high to pay…

Firstly thank you to the publishers for sending me a coy to review which I relieved my birthday week and im not ashamed to say I squealed ! I have been a huge fan of dorothys books for many years and urge anyone to read them if they haven’t yet .All authors are amazing but she is in a select few favs of mine that manage to capture emotions and make you think so beautifully you are left in awe.

This book is no exception ,I think this is my favourite of hers .There’s a personal reason for that and I cried when I finished this which happens to be my birth mothers birthday .

I was adopted and have read many stories where adoption is featured but this ….wow ! I had to read this slowly to prevent being a emotional mess because this really touched my heart and my soul. Its almost like I was reading my thoughts ,I have felt a sense of loss and not fitting in all my life so clem could be me .There were extracts I had to reread as couldn’t believe how accurate they were and I want to thank Dorothy for this and she has gained even more respect and admiration from me .

Its a beautiful emotive powerful book with layers and a variety of characters and family members .

I don’t want to say to much to ruin your reading enjoyment but also feel I cant do it justice .

I cant wait for other booklovers to discover and get discussing That girl from nowhere .

Published 9th April 2015



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