Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
This book has everything, a dark family secret, adoption, a Scottish/Chinese social worker, a gay physiotherapist, romance, an Asian matchmaker, a fatal degenerative disease, a catholic funeral, a talking dog, religious conflict and much more, in a fast paced Scottish family saga set in the village of Carfin in Lanarkshire. Despite the drama it is a book that will hopefully make you laugh and cry. More

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About J.A. Skinner

I am presently living in Bournemouth, but I lived for twelve years in a village near Carfin so my book is based on real experience of Lanarkshire and the people who live there. I worked for twenty years as a child protection social worker in Scotland and England therefore I have a wide base of knowledge of the Social Services of the era that I am writing.
I have worked at many and diverse jobs in Scotland Canada, England and Spain, from waitressing with roller skates to teaching English to asylum seekers from eastern Europe. I am now writing which is what I really wanted to do all the time.

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PJ O'Brien reviewed on Jan. 1, 2014
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This book is charming, the characters are likeable and the story moves along nicely. There are a couple of more elaborate reviews on goodreads but since the author doesn't seem to have a page there, I'm posting a review here as well.

Looking forward to seeing more...
(review of free book)
Kathy Price reviewed on April 15, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - it's a mixture of humour, pathos, and the characters are totally believable. Social workers seem to get so much bad press nowadays - how refreshing to read about one who cares about his 'clients'.

And I want to know what happens next between Mags and Tommy!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
gdfgf fgfgfgf reviewed on Dec. 18, 2011
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I really enjoyed reading this debut novel, it is funny and the characters are very realistic. The religious issues are handled well and the pace is lively. although the problems in the family are serious the story is told with real Scottish humour. The positive side of an arranged marriage is highlighted and the social work anecdotes are priceless. This is a family you would like to know more about. Certainly would like to read more of this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Gail Harris reviewed on Dec. 3, 2011

Loved this book, couldn't put it down. The characters were believable.
Funny, tragic and heartwarming. Just like living in Scotland really.
Well worth a read, can't wait for more from this author!!!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
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