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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Book Review - The Many Colours of Us by Rachel Burton

Book review
By Suze
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Julia's mother never wanted to tell her daughter about her father. Julia only finds out about him after his death when she receives a message from his lawyer. Julia's mother used to be a super model and Julia now knows her father was a famous artist, but that is all the information she has. The only way for Julia to find out more about her father is by reading his letters. He used to write her every year on her birthday and fortunately most of the letters are still there.
Slowly Julia finds out more about her background. By asking questions about her father she discovers she's missed a large part of her family's history. Many of the people she loves apparently know more about him and were even close to him, but they were never allowed to speak about him. Julia has been deliberately kept in the dark. The question is why? Will she be able to forgive her mother for what she's done by not allowing her daughter to meet her own father?
The Many Colours of Us is a fascinating story about a woman who was always missing something in her life. Julia was curious about her father, but her mother didn't want to say a word about him. Unfortunately Julia doesn't have the chance to get to know him any longer, but she wants to gather as much information as she can. I loved how kind and forgiving she is. She hardly ever lashes out, she doesn't let her anger control her actions and she tries to understand the people who kept this huge secret from her. I think her attitude is admirable. It gives the story strength and it also makes it extra interesting. Julia observes, she lets people speak and she tries not to judge them. She also makes sure she gets something positive out of a difficult situation. She's a wonderful person and that's what I loved the most about The Many Colours of Us.
Rachel Burton has written a beautiful story about family, secrets, selfishness, selflessness, how the past can influence the future, fears, commitment and creativity. I was captivated from the beginning and read the story in one sitting. I was curious to find out more about Julia's parents, they're complex and therefore very interesting people. Rachel Burton's detailed descriptions of emotions, reasons to act in a certain way and different types of love are fantastic and they are making her story come to life incredibly well. I absolutely loved The Many Colours of Us, it's a really special story.
If you love stories about family and secrets I highly recommend The Many Colours of Us.
About Rachel Burton
Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk. After many false starts she finally made one up that was worth writing down.

She has a BA in Classics and an MA in English and has never really known what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a legal secretary and a yoga teacher.

She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but is currently on a sabbatical in the North with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or search Facebook for Rachel Burton Author. 


  1. It's an engaging premise!


  2. I enjoy stories about finding oneself and that cover is splendid.

  3. I love books like this , it sounds awesome!

  4. I love second chance romances. Thank you!

  5. Thanks for the review. This sounds beautiful, complex, and emotional.

  6. Great review Suze!
    Sounds interesting :)

  7. An intriguing book, it sounds like it'll be one I can't put down until I've read the whole story. Great review. :-)

  8. i can imagine why she would love to learn more about her own history but i'm curious about why it should have been kept from her...not sure i would be as forgiving as she seem to be
    thank you for this review

  9. This story sounds really special and interesting, I'm curious about all the secrets. Great review!

  10. There's nothing better than a good story about families.

  11. Family connections are what make us whole. When Mum had a stroke last year her short-term memory was badly affected but what wonderful things she now talks about; tales of growing up in a tiny Welsh-speaking village, the scandals & gossip of long ago, the lullabies her Mam would sing her to sleep with, her father's music & poetry, her grandparents and great-grandparents lives. We spend hours going through old photograph albums and talking about the past. I've learnt so much.

  12. Family secrets and drama make great stories.