Strays and Relations


Fiction - General
224 Pages
Reviewed on 06/16/2018
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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite

Dervla (Dizzy) Greenfield reveals the emotional roller coaster she, Will, and her mum experienced in Strays and Relations, after Dizzy was contacted by a private investigator about her biological father, Tommy. Dizzy's parents were very open about her adoption since she was very young. She knew she was loved and accepted, but longed to know why she wasn't good enough for her biological mother. Maria always regretted the decision she made, while grieving for the twin that died and the rejection her husband had displayed towards Dizzy. Adoption had appeared to be the best decision at the time, but both women went years with unanswered questions and doubt. Dizzy realized her love for stray animals, especially the dog, Merlin, came from the desire to love even those that were rejected by others, the way she had been as an infant.

I believe Strays and Relations by Dizzy Greenfield could help others who are struggling with being adopted or had to give a child up for adoption. Dizzy Greenfield is very open about her inner turmoil and how meeting her biological family could interfere with the family she already had. She was continually conscious of the mother she had growing up and never wished to see her hurt, or feel replaced. Dizzy's account of acquiring a loud, boisterous family is humorous as she adjusts to their ways. She keeps her story real. Dizzy will keep you laughing as she gives accounts of her new family and her dog. I laughed often at her escapades and will remember this story every time I see a greyhound.