I am a part of this awesome event, the The Borrowed Boy by Deborah Klée Blog Tour hosted by Rachel’s R Resources.
The Borrowed Boy by Deborah Klée
A borrowed boy, a borrowed name and living on borrowed time.
What do you put on a bucket list when you haven’t done anything with your life? No interesting job, no lovers, no family, no friends. Believing she has only weeks left to live, Angie Winkle vows to make the most of every minute.
Going back to Jaywick Sands, is top of her bucket list. Experiencing life as a grandmother is not, but the universe has other plans for Angie. She goes to the rescue of Danny, when the four-year-old gets separated from his mum on the tube. She tries to return him to his mum but things do not go exactly as planned and the two of them embark on a life-changing journey.
Set in Jaywick Sands, once an idyllic Essex holiday village in the 70s, but now a shantytown of displaced Londoners, this is a story about hidden communities and our need to belong.
4 stars ⭐️
This book made me sad, but I still enjoyed it. The sadness was knowing there are some people who just are often lonely and don’t have companions. It broke my heart to even think about living a life like that. Angie feels like she has nothing in her life. And she just wants something, especially love. I could not fathom not having the love of my family. My heart ached for Angie often.
Having Danek helped Angie find love and friendship, which I thought was so sweet. I even teared up a few times, my heart overflowing with happy thoughts for her. I know having someone to care for is wonderful and gives such a sense of purpose. This is what I do daily as a stay at home parent, and I could connect so well to these feelings being evoked from Angie and her experience.
This novel touches on the human experience of loneliness, love, loss, the hard life of immigrants, being part of a community and the thriving that comes with it, and how life can improve when you have people around to care for and being cared about.
This was a solid novel, a very good debut. I would suggest it to those who want an evocative and emotional read. I’m planning to purchase a copy for my grandmother who I know will love the story. This is a lovely read I felt many emotions reading, and I would read more from this author.
About the Author:
Deborah has worked as an occupational therapist, a health service manager, a freelance journalist, and management consultant in health and social care.
Her protagonists are often people who exist on the edges of society. Despite the very real, but dark, subject matter her stories are uplifting, combining pathos with humor. They are about self-discovery and the power of friendships and community.
Shortlisted for the Deviant Minds Award 2019 was her Debut novel The Borrowed Boy.Her second novel Just Bea is due for publishing in 2021.
Deborah lives on the Essex coast. When she is not writing she combines her love of baking with trying to burn off the extra calories.