Without a Backward Glance

Without a Backward Glance

by Kate Veitch
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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
jerseygirlbr More than 1 year ago
The book seemed long and not very interesting, so many characters, one could spend to much time on that alone. I read the entire book on vacation and was waiting for it to get better, which never happened. This is her first book and wish her luck with her future books.
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Great first book - looking forward to more from Ms. Veitch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A page-turner! Looking forward to a sequel! Complex characters we can all relate to. Impressive for a first-time novelist.
harstan More than 1 year ago
On Christmas Eve 1967 in Melbourne Rosemarie McDonald tells her four preadolescent children (Deborah, Robert, James, and Meredith) she is stepping out to buy lights for the family yuletide tree. She never came home to the dismay of her four children. Instead, she flew to England her kids were raised by their father, who from that night forward pretended his wife was dead while Rosemarie never apparently took a backward glance to those she left behind who needed her.-------------- Four decades later, James meets his mother. Rosemarie who has always felt guilty about deserting her children know she must either flee into the night again or try to make amends as best as she can. Her adult children though they have families of their own never recovered from her vanishing as they learned loved ones leave and how to conceal any hurts.--------------- This family drama works because of the four adult children whose personalities differ as they coped with the abandonment in varying ways four decades later each has big relationship issues as they never recovered from their mom leaving. Rosemarie is terrific as she tries to hide her guilt and remorse from James, but fails. Although her spouse suffering from elderly dementia is somewhat removed from a confrontation with his kids and Rosemarie over welcoming back the person who betrayed them, Kate Veitch provides a strong relationship tale of a shattered family who may find it is too late to reconcile as defense mechanisms have become forty year habits.-------- Harriet Klausner