Nature? Nurture? Or just plain luck? Single mums, Tia and Kay, meet when their sons are born on the same day.

Tia is a product of the welfare system but wants a better life for her son. Her entrapment by her manipulative and controlling boyfriend in the world of drink, drugs, crime and enforced prostitution suggests otherwise. Is she a ‘born devil’ or can she change and break free?

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Kay comes from a stable home but sacrifices it all, initially, to live her own kind of life.

Overshadowed by betrayals, mistakes, regrets, and the mystery of an abandoned child, their paths – and those of their families – run parallel or criss-cross over twenty-five years.

Can determination and the power of the snow globe offer a chance of happiness?

My Review

Two girls, both single mothers, but their lives could not be more different. Kay ran away from a loving, stable home and hasn’t contacted her parents since. She is wracked with guilt, having stolen her father’s savings pot in order to survive. She cannot go home.

Tia sees herself as one of life’s victims. Brought up in care, her life has been hard, one of drink and drugs and now an abusive boyfriend called Jake. She’s a thief and a hustler and survives on her wits. Things happen to her. She has no choice. Then she finds herself pregnant and meets Kay in the hospital, when they are both giving birth. Kay just happens to be available and has a flat. Soon they form a bond and a friendship of sorts. Kay risks being thrown out for having a ‘lodger’ but Tia doesn’t care. She steals money and things for the baby and lies to Kay about how she obtained them.

We don’t know at the time who the father of Kay’s baby Adam is. But Kay knows. Tia thinks Luke’s dad might be Jake but in reality it could be anyone. She’s been raped and prostituted more times than she cares to remember. The drink didn’t help either.

Tia’s life is horrendous. The only person ever to show her any kindness is the lady from the charity shop who helped her when she collapsed, Janet, who just happens to be the sister of Kay’s mum Ruth. The ‘coincidences’ will drive the story forward over the next 25 years, as we follow the lives of Kay and Tia and the children and pray for some kind of reconciliation.

Much of this book was bleak and harrowing, so be warned. But everything has consequences and some may be good, rather than bad, so stick with it. There was just one part I couldn’t get my head around. Kay is too ashamed to go home and apologise for stealing the money. But is this still guilt on Kay’s part? I would call it pride. For this reason I probably preferred Tia to Kay. I had some sympathy for Tia. For Kay I struggled to find any. As a grandmother I found her behaviour deeply upsetting and selfish.

On the other hand, Ruth never tries to find Kay – she will wait for Kay to contact her and dad Paul. It’s a long wait. And if I were Ruth I’d have been looking for her from day one.

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About The Author

Angela worked in medical research, electronic and electrical engineering, and administration. In her mid-thirties, she decided to change direction and returned to university to study Humanities, specialising in Literature and Creative Writing. She then completed an MPhil (Literature) focussing on how women writers in Wales, between 1850 and 1950, portrayed their female characters. Following this, Angela joined the staff the University of Glamorgan where, in 2000, she set up and directed The Wales Centre for Intergenerational Practice. As well as providing training and advice, she worked with local schools and communities, over a period of ten years, to improve communication between the generations. She has been in demand, nationally and internationally, as a conference presenter and an invited speaker in her field.  

Her publications include non-fiction, short stories, poetry, and fiction for children. The Fractured Globe is her first full-length novel and explores the nature/nurture question through the lives of two single mums, their sons, and families, over twenty-five years. This debate, together with an interest in mythology and magic, has significantly influenced her writing.

Angela is a member of The Society of Authors [SoA], and the SoA Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group.

She lives in south Wales.

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