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Don't Let Me Go by Susan Lewis

On April 15, 2013

By Sophia Whitfield

Don’t Let Me Go is the sequel to the story No Child of Mine. The first book  follows the story of Alex Lake (who later becomes Charlotte Nicholls), a social worker, whose job it is to help children and often rescue them from devastating situations placing them out of harms way in more appropriate foster care.

Don't Let Me Go opens with Charlotte turning her back on her job as a social worker, her adoptive sister Gabby and her friends as she attempts to rebuild her life in New Zealand.

Reunited with her birth mother, Anna, Charlotte escapes her past fleeing to New Zealand’s idyllic Bay of Islands, her mother’s home, with her four year old daughter Chloe. Together, Charlotte and Chloe, attempt to rebuild their lives, in an effort to heal old wounds.

Although delighted to be reunited with her birth mother after a twenty six year absence, Charlotte sill harbours underlying resentment towards her. Slowly they try to rebuild their relationship. Charlotte is fond of her step-father Bob and his children Rick and Shelley, even Chloe seems to have found common ground with her newly discovered cousin, Danni. Although still a fractured family, Charlotte finds temporary security in their kindness towards both her and Chloe.

But her past soon catches up with her. Her step-brother Rick’s girlfriend decides to dig into Charlotte’s shady past uncovering her former identity. It sets in motions a series of events that tears mother and daughter apart. Charlotte, desperate but unperturbed, continues to fight for her daughter. As she battles the powers that be Charlotte soon discovers the support and love that cloaks her, shielding her from the outside world as she continues to strive for her ultimate goal of keeping her family together.

Susan Lewis has written a book that highlights the flaws in a system attempting to protect children. Desperately sad at times, Lewis manages to balance this with an overwhelming sense of love and hope.

Harrowing at times, but ultimately redemptive. A cleverly researched novel, set to a beautiful backdrop.

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