Alice Taylor was adopted during World War Two and now she has asked her neighbour and genealogist, Jayne Sinclair, to help her find out the truth about her background. Who were her parents and what exactly happened to her father? Jayne’s research takes her back to Singapore and a particularly heartbreaking part of the war.
The plot for The Missing Father was like a story straight out of ITV’s Long Lost Family, and will definitely appeal to fans of this show. Alice’s story is an emotional one and I really felt for her as she weighed up whether she wanted to know everything about her parentage and the circumstances behind her adoption. As in previous books, the author includes great advice within the plot for anyone wanting to research their own ancestry and I am pleased that we are still seeing record offices used rather than just online sources!
World War Two is an era much used in genealogical fiction, but this is the first time I’ve read a book with the fall of Singapore as its backdrop. This is something I didn’t know a great deal about but M J Lee’s obvious research helps the reader to develop an understanding of the time and the atrocities that were taking place.
This is a great addition to the series and I look forward to seeing where Jayne’s research takes her next.