- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: HQ Fiction - AU (19 February 2018)
- ISBN-10: 1489246746
- ISBN-13: 978-1489246745
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.8 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 739 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
FIONA LOWE has been a midwife, a sexual health counsellor and a family support worker; an ideal career for an author who writes novels about family and relationships. She spent her early years in Papua New Guinea where, without television, reading was the entertainment and it set up a lifelong love of books. Although she often re-wrote the endings of books in her head, it was the birth of her first child that prompted her to write her first novel. A recipient of the prestigious USA RITA® award and the Australian RuBY award, Fiona writes books that are set in small country towns. They feature real people facing difficult choices and explore how family ties and relationships impact on their decisions.
When she's not writing stories, she's a distracted wife, mother of two ‘ginger' sons, a volunteer in her community, guardian of eighty rose bushes, a slave to a cat, and is often found collapsed on the couch with wine. You can find her at her website, fionalowe.com, and on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
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Sarah is the oldest of the three Jamieson siblings. She is always trying to please her mother who must always be the centre of attention. Cameron, the middle child, is the mother’s favourite and she makes this fact very clear. Ellie is the youngest, estranged from the family for many years, she has recently moved back to the area.
Lowe has written a compelling family drama that includes many themes that faced by families everywhere; the struggle to look after your own children and an aging parent, sibling rivalries that spill over from childhood into adulthood, marriage breakdowns and family secrets.
As the story deepens and secrets emerge the characters reveal their true selves and motives.
I absolutely devour family sagas, immersing myself in their lives, their battles, their loves and their secrets. Birthright doesn’t disappoint. I swept through the story involving myself in the family, its ups and downs.
There is nothing dysfunctional about this family until you peel back the layers of respectability and display the hidden secrets.
Birthright is morbidly fascinating and heart-achingly sad. Interweaved between the betrayals, accusations and confessions is a beautiful love story.
I really loved this book and the themes it raised though I have to say that I really didn’t like most of the characters at one point or another.
Fiona Lowe started her writing career with romance novels but in the last couple of years has spread her typing fingers and expanded into family sagas, and this one certainly is a saga. There is drama, betrayal, secrets, lies and despicable behaviour.
It’s one thing to have a family pull out the swords and fight like carrion over a will after a death in the family when emotions are already high and grief is in the mix. I think it’s a completely different thing for the backstabbing and sneaking around to try and find out, then change, the terms of a will before the family member is even on their deathbed, it is completely reprehensible. Family should be about so much more than what you’re going to get when your loved ones pass away. I know this sort of thing happens, and it happens a lot, but it doesn’t make it any easier for me to fathom.
I really enjoyed following the family through fracture and drama to watch them come through the other side. Inheritance isn’t the only issue facing the Jamieson’s, there’s abuse, infidelity, divorce, building new business, out of character teenage behaviour, betrayal, lies and shady business dealings. And that’s before they start uncovering the secrets that were buried in the past.
Birthright was a story that definitely captured my attention and kept me enthralled, even when I couldn’t find much to like about the characters. A book that I would recommend unreservedly, and will have me looking out for the new Fiona Lowe title. My complete review can be found at Beauty and Lace
Margaret has always been a very domineering woman and expects to be treated as a queen. Unfortunately her health is deteriorating and she is becoming forgetful and demonstrating actions that are way out of character. Cameron is the first to pick up on this and wants to make sure that the inheritance he believes should be his is not in jeopardy. Sarah's marriage is breaking down, her children are keeping a secret from their parents and long ago revelations are being discovered. Ellie has been distanced from the family for a number of years because of her past.
This is a big book, but did not seem like it as I kept turning those pages. The story is riveting and back stories of all the characters is fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed Fiona's last book Daughter of Mine, and this one is just as good, if not better. An outstanding depiction of Women's Fiction.