Warning, rant ahead!
OK, you guys know I LOVE Diane Chamberlain. I raved about Necessary Lies and The Lost Daughter. And I’m going to continue loving her and reading all her books despite this rant about Kiss River. The hate is for a topic that waves a red flag before my eyes as it turned me right off this book.
Kiss River by Diane Chamberlain
Published by MIRA on January 4th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Family Life, Historical Fiction, Love & Romance
Your future is within your grasp. How far are you willing to go?
Your adopted child is in an orphanage. Only you can save her. But you need money, a lot of money, money you just don't have.
Gina Higgins is on a desperate journey across the country. To save her daughter, she must find the Kiss River lighthouse that holds the answers she so urgently needs.
But the lighthouse has been destroyed and now her only hope is to uncover the secrets hidden within an old diary, a Second World War love story that has the power to change her life forever ...
First Line of Kiss River by Diane Chamberlain
“The air conditioner in her aging car was giving out, blowing warm, breath-stealing air into Gina’s face.”
My Thoughts on Kiss River by Diane Chamberlain:
First the good –
- Interesting characters including a catch up with the characters I loved in Keeper of the Light
- Fab setting – the lighthouse just lends so much atmosphere to the book
- Dual timelines – flashbacks to WW2 via diary entries and current day settings. Both tie in really well together and keep the pace of the book lively and gripping.
Now the bad and why I feel all the rage for A CERTAIN PLOTLINE
If there is one thing I hate it’s the stereotypical image of women who are desperate for a child, so desperate that they’ll do anything. I’ve been there, I’ve felt that grief (and still do) but I have never once been tempted to do anything immoral. Like steal your baby or get involved in an illegal adoption. But if you believed books, that’s what all women in my shoes do.
I love how Diane Chamberlain writes about poignant social issues and I engage so much with her characters. But rolling out this trope really annoyed me. We are meant to believe that Gina who is depicted as a strong, compassionate, sensitive woman would do ANYTHING to adopt a child from India.
I have been in Gina’s shoes (after a foreign adoption fell through due to changes in adoption law) and I just can’t match up the choices she made with the way her character was portrayed. Just because you are yearning to be a mother doesn’t mean that your better judgement and your compassion has upped and left the room. I’m sick of the one-dimensional characterisation; it’s lazy and stereotypical and I just want to say enough already.
I would have loved if this story had gone down the road of Gina’s life learning to live childfree after a failed adoption. The pain, the all consuming thoughts, learning to accept and redefining who you are. That to me would be a lot more realistic and relatable. Infertility already has enough secrecy and shame surrounding it, this type of plot just adds insult to injury.
OK rant over.
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Who should read Kiss River by Diane Chamberlain?
I can’t in all honesty recommend this one as I’m too mad. Instead maybe try book 1 – Keeper of the Light – I really enjoyed that and wish I had wrapped up the series there.
Talk to Trish: Do you have a trope that puts you right off books as it affects you in a personal way?