Tangled Lives

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From the bestselling author of Thursdays in the Park comes a tense, emotional drama about what happens to a family when a secret is kept hidden, and a stranger is suddenly introduced into the dynamic.

Annie Delancey is happily married, in her early 50s, with three grown children. But Annie guards a secret. At age nineteen she had a baby boy and gave him up for adoption. She still thinks of him every day.

One day she receives a letter from Kent ...

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Overview

From the bestselling author of Thursdays in the Park comes a tense, emotional drama about what happens to a family when a secret is kept hidden, and a stranger is suddenly introduced into the dynamic.

Annie Delancey is happily married, in her early 50s, with three grown children. But Annie guards a secret. At age nineteen she had a baby boy and gave him up for adoption. She still thinks of him every day.

One day she receives a letter from Kent Social Services; her son Daniel wants to make contact. A part of her is overjoyed--she longs to meet him. But another part fears what this revelation will do to her family, none of whom know about her past.When Daniel is introduced to Annie's family, a few small tears in the family fabric suddenly gape wide, and the impact of is greater than she could have ever imagined.

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"Poignant, well observed and wonderfully written."—Closer Magazine

"This well-observed tale of family life is told with warmth and sprinkled with a dash of humor."—Candis

"Heartbreaking . . . a very human story about the complications arising from keeping secrets in family life."—Image Magazine

"A serious and mature read that puts the spotlight on the issues of family acceptance and loyalty."—Chicklit Club

"Boyd's tenderly emotional novel examines the fragility and resilience of familial bonds. Swinging between waves of tension and hard-won harmony, Boyd deftly navigates the tricky subject matter of adoption, social mores, and delayed redemption. Annie Delancey is a believable, likable heroine, and fans of Joanna Trollope and Liane Moriarty will adore the twisting, turning Tangled Lives."—Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623658212
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 522,512
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Hilary Boyd is the best-selling author of Thursdays in the Park. She grew up in London. Educated at Roedean, an all-girls boarding school in Sussex, she went on to become a nurse and marriage counselor. In her 30s, she went back to school to earn a degree in English Literature from London University. A former health journalist, she has published six nonfiction books on health-related subjects, such as step-parenting, depression, and pregnancy.. Shehas been writing novels in her spare time for 20 years. Tangled Lives is her second novel. Boyd is working on her third novel, Straight To The Heart, about a middle-aged nurse who falls in love with a mountaineer. Boyd is married to film director and producer Don Boyd. She has three daughters and lives in London.
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  • Posted April 21, 2015

    A nice, light read

    A good British novel. Annie must meet the young man she gave up for adoption many years ago. I enjoyed reading about her children and husband. The novel was written better than I expected. The characters were different, not stereo-typically written and there were quite a few little twists along the way to make the read have some surprises. The characters were not perfect and I enjoying experiencing their flaws. Very enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2014

    wonderful read

    wonderful read

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  • Posted August 14, 2014

    3.5 stars Annie Delancey has the perfect life.  A successful bus

    3.5 stars
    Annie Delancey has the perfect life.  A successful business she built from the ground up doing something she loves, a supportive and loving husband, and three children navigating young adulthood.  When she receives a letter from Kent Social Services her perfect life will be challenged by a secret she’s kept from her children; thirty-five years ago an unwed Annie gave her first born son up for adoption. 




    Annie told her husband, Richard, about Daniel prior to their marriage but the time had never seemed right to tell her children, Ed, Marsha, and Lucy. Now Daniel wants to connect with his birth mother leaving Annie no choice but to reveal her past to her children.  After all, not a day has gone by that she hasn’t thought of him, wondered what he was like, if she’d done the right thing and had his adoptive parents loved him.  Now she can meet the man the baby grew to be, discover the answer to all her questions, and ease her mind.




    TANGLED LIVES, though not quite what I expected, was an emotionally realistic story about secrets, adoption, and complicated familial relationships. The upheaval caused by Daniel’s introduction into Annie’s family rings true. Ms. Boyd tells Daniel and the Delancey’s story in a way that allows the reader to see the effect on each person.  No family member, with the possible exception of Annie’s mother, Eleanor, is left unscathed.  You have to meet Eleanor to understand why.  Can’t say I found her likeable, more someone you respect and begrudgingly admire for their accomplishments.  




    While others question if Daniel is who he says he is, Annie never does, especially after meeting him. What she does struggle with is why Richard can’t understand how important connecting with Daniel is to her.  Annie understands Ed’s jealousy, after all it was to be expected, but what on earth is wrong with Richard? Surely he isn’t jealous of Daniel?  




    When a shocking accusation calls Daniel’s character and motives into question Annie’s familial relationships are strained to the breaking point by her unwavering support of him.  Some family members question her decision. Why is she taking his side?  Does she have any doubts about his version of events?  How can she trust Daniel when she actually knows so little about him? Marjory (also known as Aunt Best) is Annie’s friend and owner of the unwed mother’s home she lived in.  Marjory is the grounded voice of reason and wisdom throughout. Her willingness to speak the truth, no matter what, made her a favorite character.




    The Delancey’s love and faith in each other will be tested via trial by fire.  Will they survive intact or will Daniel and the chaos he brings tear their family apart? You’ll have to read TANGLED LIVES for yourself to find out.

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