Six months after the death of their mother Diane, Rose and her sister Lily are cleaning out their mother’s closet and come across a suitcase full of old diaries. Paging through them, Rose comes upon an entry involving her birth and discovers that she was adopted. Stunned, shocked and questioning her identity, Rose searches for answers from her father, who would rather drown his feelings in beer, and her grandmother, who had a difficult relationship with Diane and is unable to give Rose much information. Unsatisfied, Rose decides to take matters into her own hands and find her birth parents.
Her sister Lily, obsessed with having a baby, is worried about why she is not pregnant yet. Unable to talk to her emotionally distant husband William concerning her fears, she too turns to her mother’s diaries for comfort and perhaps some glimpse into the possible reason for her inability to have a baby. What Lily discovers within those pages will alter her view of herself as well as her marriage.
Blending mystery and romance, Ignoring Gravity takes a lighthearted view of some difficult issues such as adoption and identity, family relationships and family dynamics. I enjoyed this book and read it almost in one sitting. Although I thought Rose was being a little harsh towards her family once she found out she was adopted, almost to the point of shunning them as if they were nothing to her, I liked some of the ideas brought up in the book, in particular the idea of what makes people a family. Is it blood relations or in fact the act of sharing ordinary as well as special moments, celebrating each other’s successes and surviving failures, and through it all loving and respecting each other. The first book of the Rose Haldane: Identity Detective series, it serves as an introduction to a cast of characters that I look forward to reading about in the next installment of the series.
Thank you to NetGalley and Beulah Press for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.