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The Missing Pieces of Us  - Fleur McDonald


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Sometimes you have to resolve the past before you can face the future. The moving and heart-warming new novel from Fleur McDonald.

Lauren Ramsey was adopted at birth. Now a teacher, her mantra is to never let a child fall through the cracks. But she's so concerned about the welfare of a little boy in her kindy class she doesn't notice that her teenage daughter needs help.

At fourteen, Skye Ramsey is on the cusp of womanhood, but she's also teetering on the edge of an abyss. Battling with the usual pressures faced by a teenage girl, including the pitfalls of social media, she's flirting with outright rebellion.

As a child, Tamara Thompson felt unloved and overlooked. She's now the manager of a successful business and has a partner who adores her, but her fear of rejection is threatening to overwhelm her.

All three women are searching for a happier future, but the answers may lie in shedding light on secrets from the past.

From the bestselling author of Red Dust and Crimson Dawn, comes a moving and intriguing novel about love, friendship and how the truth can set us free...


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A book which I couldn't put down! Was sad when it finished, wanted more!

Perth, Western Australia


a very enjoyable read


4.5 stars The Missing Pieces of Us is the ninth novel by Australian author, Fleur McDonald. Sometimes fourteen-year-old Skye Ramsey wonders if she is adopted: her mother is always on her case, and from the way her parents favour her older brother Stu (their Golden Boy) over her, it's obvious they never really wanted her. Thank goodness for Billy Gaston! Billy is seventeen and, though some of the photos he sends on Snapchat are a bit daring, she knows he loves her. Skye's mother, Lauren knows she is adopted, has always known. She had a wonderful childhood and couldn't have wished for better adoptive parents than George and Connie Jenkins. Which is why she's hesitant about seeking out her birth mother: she won't risk upsetting the only parents she's ever known. She wishes Skye would snap out of this recent moodiness, but is lately distracted by one of her kindergarten pupils whose health and behavioural changes have her worried. Tamara Thompson hasn't seen her parents for twenty-seven years, and is still recovering from the effects of her childhood with a critical, demanding father and a weak mother. She battles insecurity and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder daily, and wonders why Craig sticks around when her flaws are so plain to see. When her mother turns up out of the blue, she knows it can't be good. Three main narrators to tell the bulk of this tale, while a minor narrator gives another perspective later in the story, and a diary written by an anonymous girl adds intrigue. As the bones of the story are fleshed out and the who and why become clear, McDonald's characters face realistic challenges, grow and develop. If the final outcome is perhaps somewhat predictable, it does not make the realisation of it any less satisfying. McDonald easily conveys Perth and surrounds, and the residents of the lovely Gooseberry Hill will be pleased that their suburb stars in this novel. McDonald touches on issues both topical and timeless, including bullying, the pitfalls of



The Missing Pieces of Us

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Fleur McDonald

Fleur McDonald has lived and worked on farms for much of her life. After growing up in the small town of Orroroo in South Australia, she went jillarooing, eventually co-owning an 8000-acre property in regional Western Australia. Fleur likes to write about strong women overcoming adversity, drawing inspiration from her own experiences in rural Australia. She is the best-selling author of Red Dust, Blue Skies, Purple Roads, Silver Clouds and Crimson Dawn. She has two children and a Jack Russell terrier.

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ISBN: 9781760293949
ISBN-10: 1760293946
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 29th March 2017
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3