Blog Tour: The Oceans Between Us by Gill Thompson

March 26, 2019 Book review 2 ★★★★½

Welcome to my blog tour stop for The Oceans Between Us by Gill Thompson. Historical fiction is my jam, especially when it involves such an emotional and shocking theme as the one in this book.

Thanks to Random Things Tours for letting me participate and for giving me a book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Blog Tour: The Oceans Between Us by Gill ThompsonThe Oceans Between Us by Gill Thompson
Published by Headline Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour
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Inspired by heartrending real events, a mother fights to find her son and a child battles for survival in this riveting debut novel.
For readers of Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, The Letter by Kathryn Hughes, and Remember Me by Lesley Pearse.
A woman is found wandering injured in London after an air raid.She remembers nothing of who she is. Only that she has lost something very precious.
As the little boy waits in the orphanage, he hopes his mother will return.But then he finds himself on board a ship bound for Australia, the promise of a golden life ahead, and wonders: how will she find him in a land across the oceans?
In Perth, a lonely wife takes in the orphaned child. But then she discovers the secret of his past. Should she keep quiet? Or tell the truth and risk losing the boy who has become her life?

Historical INFURIATING Page-Turner

First Line of The Oceans Between Us by Gill Thompson

“Even after all these years he still dreads plane journeys.”

My thoughts on The Oceans Between Us by Gill Thompson

I flew through this emotional book with a lump in my heart and watery eyes.

It featured Jack who was transported from the UK to Australia after WW2. I wasn’t aware that this was a practice. It seems madness as many families are temporarily displaced after a war. In Jack’s case, he was incorrectly categorised as an orphan, as were so many others. And madness is understating this revolting child migration scheme, as this book hammers home very firmly.

We get to see the story from Jack’s point of view, and also his mother Molly who never stopped searching for him. And through the eyes of the family that adopted him in Australia. This 360 degree view really emphasised that there were many losers in this program, and it led to lots of unnecessary heartache.

On top of that, it also tacked the horrific theme of Aboriginal children who were separated from their parents by government policy. And sent to work as domestic servants for white middle class families. Horror on top of horror.

I took many of these lovely characters to my heart, and I felt their sorrow from losing family bonds. I was distressed by the harsh life ahead of them. And I cringed and raged at just what some had to endure. But I also felt their bravery in finding justice for all children who suffered from these two awful policies.

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Overall it’s provoking, authentic-feeling, heartbreak of a read. Highly recommended but be ready to get really angry and really sad!!

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-half-stars

Who should read The Oceans Between Us by Gill Thompson

I’d strongly recommend this to you if you like emotional plot lines that suck you and spit you out with your heart in shatters. Fans of Lucinda Riley, Hazel Gaynor and Nikola Scott might also enjoy. Or if you enjoy the TV series Call The Midwife, I’d also recommend this to you, as it has a similar time setting and both make me feel all the emotions.

About Gill Thompson

Gill Thompson is an English lecturer who recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University. The first three chapters of THE OCEANS BETWEEN US were longlisted for the Mslexia novel award.

She lives with her family in West Sussex and teaches English to college students.


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