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If you had the chance to read the diaries of your 17 year old mother, could you? Even if you knew nothing of what they could contain.. The day of his Mothers funeral was one of Mark's hardest days. Still he had plenty of things to look back on thanks to the memorial box family and friends had use to leave their own memories.   Unfortunately Mark finds If you had the chance to read the diaries of your 17 year old mother, could you? Even if you knew nothing of what they could contain.. The day of his Mothers funeral was one of Mark's hardest days. Still he had plenty of things to look back on thanks to the memorial box family and friends had use to leave their own memories.   Unfortunately Mark finds himself diving head first into the memories of his 17 year old mother. A life he wasn't part of... A life full of secrets he knew nothing about, is he prepared to face the truth?... A perfect romance novel of young love, second chances and loss. The story of Jack and Claire will leave you falling in love all over again.


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If you had the chance to read the diaries of your 17 year old mother, could you? Even if you knew nothing of what they could contain.. The day of his Mothers funeral was one of Mark's hardest days. Still he had plenty of things to look back on thanks to the memorial box family and friends had use to leave their own memories.   Unfortunately Mark finds If you had the chance to read the diaries of your 17 year old mother, could you? Even if you knew nothing of what they could contain.. The day of his Mothers funeral was one of Mark's hardest days. Still he had plenty of things to look back on thanks to the memorial box family and friends had use to leave their own memories.   Unfortunately Mark finds himself diving head first into the memories of his 17 year old mother. A life he wasn't part of... A life full of secrets he knew nothing about, is he prepared to face the truth?... A perfect romance novel of young love, second chances and loss. The story of Jack and Claire will leave you falling in love all over again.

12 review for Finding Claire: an emotional page turner of first love, loss and secrets

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura Godwin

    Mark’s mother, Claire, passes away and he finds her diary. He reads the entries of when his mother was young and we get to discover them together with him. Claire is only a teenager and loves nothing more than hanging out with her best friend Jenny. Her father is very strict but in spite of his efforts Claire meets a young lad called Jack. The twist and turns of the love story left me turning the pages in anticipation. It is a story of what love is, what love could and could never be. A story of Mark’s mother, Claire, passes away and he finds her diary. He reads the entries of when his mother was young and we get to discover them together with him. Claire is only a teenager and loves nothing more than hanging out with her best friend Jenny. Her father is very strict but in spite of his efforts Claire meets a young lad called Jack. The twist and turns of the love story left me turning the pages in anticipation. It is a story of what love is, what love could and could never be. A story of loss and hope. Great women’s fiction I recommend.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Janet Graham

    Excellent British Women's Fiction This is a moving piece of Women's Literature (Chick Lit) It is a coming of age romance that is so much more. There is more than one bit the will bring on tears. The story is a bit haunting and I know that I will read it again. I actually had a dream about it the night after I finished reading it. I received this ARC book for free from Booksprouts and this is my honest review. Excellent British Women's Fiction This is a moving piece of Women's Literature (Chick Lit) It is a coming of age romance that is so much more. There is more than one bit the will bring on tears. The story is a bit haunting and I know that I will read it again. I actually had a dream about it the night after I finished reading it. I received this ARC book for free from Booksprouts and this is my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Written as a story-within-a-story, this book is a beautiful yet heartbreaking love story! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I quickly got caught up in the story that Mark was reading in the pages of his teenaged mother's diary and honestly forgot that I was reading "through Mark's eyes." I found myself cheering for young Claire as she stood up for herself against her domineering father. I found myself falling in love right along with Claire as Jack revealed himself to be a secret romantic. Written as a story-within-a-story, this book is a beautiful yet heartbreaking love story! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I quickly got caught up in the story that Mark was reading in the pages of his teenaged mother's diary and honestly forgot that I was reading "through Mark's eyes." I found myself cheering for young Claire as she stood up for herself against her domineering father. I found myself falling in love right along with Claire as Jack revealed himself to be a secret romantic. And I found myself crying at the heartaches that Claire experienced. This is a wonderfully written book that any hopeless romantic will love!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Jack

    The book opens at Claire’s funeral. Soon, her son is given a box of diaries and other things of his mother’s that will help explain some questions the son has about her, his father states. The bulk of the book, except for a little at the beginning and the end, relates Claire’s later teenage life. I had a problem with this book on a variety of levels. First, I didn’t really see the need to bracket Claire’s story with the modern context of having it seen through her son’s eyes after her death; this The book opens at Claire’s funeral. Soon, her son is given a box of diaries and other things of his mother’s that will help explain some questions the son has about her, his father states. The bulk of the book, except for a little at the beginning and the end, relates Claire’s later teenage life. I had a problem with this book on a variety of levels. First, I didn’t really see the need to bracket Claire’s story with the modern context of having it seen through her son’s eyes after her death; this added nothing to the story as not much was done in either of the small modern-day portions. The end, especially, could have been so much more (and have been the reason for the modern parts) if he had some interaction with the young man mentioned in the diaries who was so pivotal in his mother’s early life. That would have made this modern-day bracketing make sense. But as that did not happen, it seems rather pointless. Another odd thing I found about the book was that even though the son is supposedly reading these papers and diaries, the story itself is related as any regular story would be, with a fair amount of dialogue. I don’t know about you, but when I write in a diary or a journal, I don’t write dialogue! So, unless the son has an excellent and spot-on imagination, this isn’t actually a good representation of what supposedly happened with his mother. The most significant issue I had, though, was that the book was poorly written from a grammar, punctuation, and usage standpoint. So much so that I was utterly distracted from reading the story. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such terribly inconsistent and non-edited work in publication. I did receive an ARC of this book, so I double checked the Amazon preview to see if the final book had been edited before I wrote this portion of the review. The preview seems to be no different from the version that I read. The author appears to be British, but most of the rules of grammar and punctuation are the same between these two variants of English. She seemed to have no understanding whatsoever of how to punctuate dialogue, and there was a lot of conversation in this book. Capitalization is wrong, commas are wrong, and other random punctuation is thrown in around dialogue. Both in dialogue and narrative sections, sometimes ending punctuation is left out. Word choice was occasionally wrong, like bare vs. bear. It seemed hardly a paragraph went by without an error, making it so I could barely concentrate on the story. The story itself about the coming of age of a young girl had its merits, but these were overshadowed by the structural problems of the book as well as the grammar, punctuation, and usage issues. I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review--obviously. Read my other reviews at https://www.readingfanaticreviews.com.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    This was such a romantic teenage love story but sad as well. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Claire and Jack though

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbra Dawson

  7. 4 out of 5

    lisa discombe

  8. 4 out of 5

    robyn rattto

  9. 5 out of 5

    Col Lutton

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cricket

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