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I love how the book switches between different characters at different points in their lives. My own moral stance was really put through the wringer throughout the book. My opinion of the lead characters changed several times during the course of the story. Read more here
This is certainly a book that could challenge your sense of what is right in the eyes of the law and what is right in the eyes of the birth mother. I am not sure that the events that take place would be able to happen quite so easily these days as there are more checks that have to happen. Read more here
The story is well-written and grabs the reader from the first word. I was unable to put it down and ignored meal times and bed times to read it. I loved the characters and the twist at the end which opens up the possibility of an entirely new story. Brilliant story, brilliant book, highly recommended. Read more here
The story opens with Penny finding her birth certificate which states she was born in New Zealand but her name is completely different. We then journey back to 1963 and meet Jemma who is mourning the lose of her boyfriend Barry after finding out she’s pregnant. Unsure of what to do, having being told she wouldn’t make a good mother by friends and social workers, she gives the baby up to Barry’s parents Mr and Mrs Winchester. Read more here
I really felt for the character of Jemma Howell. She was a university student in a loving relationship with her boyfriend. Tragedy strikes when her boyfriend dies and Jemma finds out that she is pregnant. I get the impression that Jemma feels that she wants to bring her child up but at the time that this book is set, attitudes towards and opinions of single mothers were somewhat different to now. Read more here
I loved how this story was written in Jemma’s, Tim’s (the detective). Graeme and eventually Penny’s POV. It definitely gave an overall perspective of what was happening. Read more here
This is quite a complex story that covers some really tough subjects, but those that it does cover, it does very well. It is a well written story and it has some great characters. Read more here
This is a complex story that really makes the reader think about all the legal complications involved when someone gives up their baby. What happens IF.. WHEN … the mother changes her mind? The difference between right and wrong sometimes has blurred lines. Read more here
I really enjoyed reading this book. It took a few pages for me to get into it, but once I began reading the story it was hard to put down. Being a child of the 1960’s it was easy to read this book and see where Jemma was coming from and her feelings about being looked down upon due to her pregnancy. Read more here
The story is a great and breathtaking story which shows the lengths parents would go to in order to protect their child, even if it is illegal, and also the complications and issues surrounding adoption and what the birth parent can do if they change their mind afterwards. Read more here
Bye Baby Bunting by Tannis Laidlaw
Available from AMAZON
An unwanted pregnancy. A kidnapping. Escape…
University student Jemma Howell’s life has turned upside down: she’s pregnant and her boyfriend has just died.
A lawyer manipulates Jemma to sign away the child to her dead boyfriend’s parents, the wealthy Winchesters.
Six months after giving birth, Jemma is still obsessed with her baby’s welfare. A chance opportunity occurs. She makes a split-second decision.
She is now a kidnapper and on the run. Detective Constable Tim Findlay is assigned to the Winchester kidnapping, his first big case.
In the course of the investigation, he and his partner uncover deeply hidden secrets about the Winchester family.
For Tim, the difference between right and wrong becomes blurred.
BYE BABY BUNTING is a page-turning psychological suspense that explores society’s attitudes to single parenting and adoption and the laws that apply to birth-mother, child and adoptive parents. The story takes place in Auckland, New Zealand, Hawaii and Winnipeg, Canada between 1963 and the present.
Dr Tannis Laidlaw has worn many hats in her career as a psychologist: clinician in private practice, in psychiatric bins and in the prison service; researcher in schizophrenia, anxiety, psychopathy and other personality disorders, mind-body interactions, and the therapeutic use of hypnosis; research manager; writer and lecturer.
She has always been fascinated by the human condition, not only in those with crossed wiring but also when ordinary people are driven to behave in extraordinary ways. Her fiction reflects her psychological background; her non-fiction, her interests as a wife, mother and friend.
Tannis lives with her husband in Auckland, but spends half her time at a deserted beach in Northland, the semi-tropical northern part of New Zealand, and in a remote cabin in the woods on a Canadian lake – all places where she writes and writes and writes.