This Child of Mine – Sinead Moriarty

This Child of MineFormat: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ireland
Published: 2013
Pages: 409

Rating: 4.5/5

The Blurb
Sinéad Moriarty’s breathtaking eighth novel, This Child of Mine, is the story of two daughters, two mothers and the extraordinary bond of motherly love. It’s a unique blend of the storytelling genius of Jodi Picoult and the compassion and humour of Marian Keyes, in a complex and deeply involving story that will have readers arguing about the nature of motherhood and the rights and wrongs of the characters’ actions.

Sinéad Moriarty’s novels have sold over half a million copies in Ireland and the UK and she is a four times nominee for the popular fiction Irish Book Award. She has won over readers and critics telling stories that are funny, humane, moving and relevant to modern women. This Child of Mine is Sinéad at her very best.

Sinéad Moriarty lives with her family in Dublin. Her previous titles are: The Baby Trail; A Perfect Match; From Here to Maternity; In My Sister’s Shoes; Whose Life is it Anyway?; Pieces of My Heart and Me and My Sisters.

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Firstly, I’d like to thank Penguin Books Ireland for sending me a copy to read and review!

This Child of Mine is one of those reads that makes you contemplate life. It’s amazing how one quick decision can change so many peoples’ lives.

Sophie Roberts is just a normal 16 year old girl growing up in London with her mother Anna. She’s happy, excited to be attending Art College and enjoying life with her best friend Holly. Unfortunately, one moment whilst watching TV changes Sophie’s life forever. How would you feel if the person who brought you up for 17 years of your life, wasn’t the person you thought they were? Sophie finds out that her mother Anna isn’t who she says she is and it turns out an Irish artist named Laura is actually her birth mother.

I felt for Sophie, I mean how the hell would you deal with such a situation? What a huge thing to deal with.

Sophie takes it upon herself to go visit her birth mother Laura in Ireland, all by herself. Upon arrival Laura and Sophie hit it off straight away and it becomes apparent that Anna has lost her daughter.

Anna was a brilliant mother to Sophie but it’s just a shame she had a moment of madness. I don’t agree with the fact she took Sophie without consent, but she did care for her and loved her with all her heart.

Laura on the other hand annoyed me with her reaction. Again, Anna was in the wrong, but the fact Laura got so drunk she passed out doesn’t warrant ‘mother of the year’ award. She seems to blame everything on Anna when Laura only changed her lifestyle when Sophie went missing.

Also, I thought people were a little harsh on Laura’s other daughter, Mandy. I understand that Laura wanted to spend time with Sophie, but she just pushed Mandy to one side and ignored her. Just because your long last daughter steps into your life doesn’t mean you ignore those around you.

All in all, This Child of Mine was written beautifully and I loved the story. As I said before it made me contemplate life and be grateful for the family I have.

You can purchase ‘This Child of Mine’ from Amazon.

Find out more about Sinéad at or on Twitter @sinead_moriarty

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2 thoughts on “This Child of Mine – Sinead Moriarty

    1. I read your review and do actually agree with what you said. Sometime I was a little confused as to which character was which, but all in all, I did quite like it.

      Thanks for reading! 🙂 x

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