Anne Berry's third novel after The Water Children and The Hungry Ghosts, The Adoption is written from the dramatically different perspectives of three women.
The first is Bethan, a teenager during the Second World War who falls in love with a German POW working on her parents’ farm. She soon falls pregnant, but her lover is threatened by her parents until he leaves, and Bethan is forced into giving her baby daughter up for adoption. This little girl - Lucilla - is then adopted by Harriet, a rather prim and proper lady who, after failing to conceive with her husband, decides on adoption. In a similar fashion to perusing kittens in a pet shop, Harriet chooses Lucilla, who takes after her biological mother with her love of animals and the outdoors and her being no stranger to mischief and trouble - which turns out to be exactly everything Harriet never wanted.
This evocative story of lies, secrets and identity contains as many characters that fill you with hope as knot your stomach with anger. Paired with beautifully poetic prose that draws you right into their world, The Adoption is a delight to savour. A page-turner such as this does depend greatly on the story's outcome, which is superb; The Adoption is one not to be missed.