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COINCIDENCE: A Novel ~J.W. Ironmonger

“…not because light will fail to penetrate the darkness, but because very few will choose to look at what is revealed.”

I found COINCIDENCE to be an amazing read. Every time I was interrupted from the pages of this book, I was determined to head right back into the story as soon as possible.  I enjoyed reading this book and I think many people I know would enjoy it.  The words were dynamic and precise. I do so like to look up and study words in the dictionary to pinpoint the meaning the author was determined to reveal and this story the words were truly wonderful.

A three year old is found at a fair on the coast of England.  She knows her name and that she lives at Number 4, but #4 where?  She is not so sure.  The officer writes down Azalea Ives and the search begins for her mother who drove the child to this location; it was a long drive.   It is now 30 years later and Azalea Ives is consulting a Philosopher at the University who specializes in COINCIDENCE.  She wants to figure this out because so many amazing events have all happened on Midsummer or the 21st of June, in the 3rd year of a decade, including Azalea’s abandonment at the fair.   In the between time, Azalea has been adopted and moved to a mission in Uganda, where her adoptive family is murdered by Joseph Kony ( the real person in the story, with lots of abductions, child soldiers and sexual slaves of the LRA) on June 21st 1992, when Azalea was 13.  After a harrowing kidnapping, Azalea is adopted by two medical students to remove her back to England, and she becomes a lecturer in Literature and gains another new last name.

Is life random or determined are we predestined to have patterns and does that mean that on June 21st 2012 it will be Azalea’s turn to die?  The fascinating people along her life path assist her in finding her story and where she was born and which of the blind men claiming to be her father is the real deal.

I enjoyed the interplay and explanation of philosophy and reason, I went back and read several sections again to understand the connections and the thinking patterns, and I thought it was wonderful that the author grew up in Africa, had experienced much of the unrest and could expand my thinking about Uganda and the Sudan.  The characters who delved into religion and interpretations were fascinating and so delighted my senses and my inner dialogue. The philosophy professor tells much of the story by sharing his thinking with his academic mentor who adds a psychological dimension to the whole.

COINCIDENCE  is also a love story about fathers and mothers and a young woman who believes “that everything that happens, happens for a reason.”

This is J.W. Ironmonger’s first novel to be published in the USA and I know you will not want to miss it.

“ But the droll, sharp-witted narrator spins this tale with the lightest of touches, all the way to it’s perfect ending.  I adored this book.”
Christina Baker Kline (author of The Orphan Train)

I could not agree more COINCIDENCE has the perfect ending!

tlc logo This book was sent to me for review by TLC online Book tours and Harper Publishing.  It was a wonderful read and I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to read this book and tell you about – COINCIDENCE

J.W. Ironmonger online

The author spent many years in East Africa and thought he would return as a zoologist after schooling in UK.  That idea was not to be, and he came back to UK with his wife who is a zoologist and he works in computers.  They have two children and his son Jon went back to explore Uganda with him as he researched the novel.  The family shares life with lots of animals.

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11 Responses to “COINCIDENCE: A Novel ~J.W. Ironmonger”

  1. Terrill Welch Says:

    Oh my Patricia! I am intrigued. What tasty bite you have give us here. Hum…..

    Patricia Reply:

    I have read 4 books this week and this book and THE MOON SISTERS just made me wish I had time to just turn around and read them again.

    I learned so much about philosophy and Africa and how a child can loose so much and still be whole….I was sorry when I came to the end. I sat right down and wrote the review to not miss any momentum
    Thank you for saying just the right thing!

  2. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia – You’ve dangled a mighty impressive carrot, yet again! You’re like a drug dealer; only you provide addictive tastes of books, and I’m one of your “junkies!”

    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you for the tweet dear gal!
    I am definitely a reading junkie and TLC online tours has been sending me some impressive words to fuel the need!

    Glad to know someone is hooked!

    JD Meier at Sources of Insight.com has just reviewed at book called BRIEF…it made me think of your terrific and clever posts You just celebrated 1/2 million views….JD does that every month…FYI

    Congratulations to you…and your terrific blog
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  3. Talon Says:

    I love when a book captures your interest like this. I’ll put it on my summer reading list, Patricia.

    Oh, and happy first day of Spring! It’s not at all Spring-like here. I think I’ll take you up on your offer and come and visit you and Zip and the deer and I could care if it is raining. Rain would be a lovely change at this point!
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    Patricia Reply:

    Happy Spring
    We awoke to sunshine and very heavy frost but none the less sunshine. I do not wish to intimate that we are having a normal year – no the rains are extremely heavy and the wind powerful.
    These elements are defeating the blooms and bulbs rapidly, but it is a change of pace – and my offer holds…come on over.

    I thought this was a powerful read and the words were well chosen; the story was clever and hooked one in right away and then gave a personal account of history and pulled one through to hope on the other side. The power of love over everything is shown with truth and not just new age whimsey. This author knows of what he speaks.

    Thanks for coming by – even if you are still snowed in! :(
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  4. Sara Healy Says:

    Another well-written and thoughtful review. If I saw this book at the library, I’d probably would have passed it up as not being my type of book, but now you’ve made me curious. You gave me just enough to want more and find out what happens.

    Well done. I hope things are warming up for you or will be soon:~)

    Happy day to you Patricia.
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    Patricia Reply:

    It is a beautifully written book and interesting story Sara – get on the wait list first at the library, it was just released in the USA and has not had huge amounts of publicity yet…worth the read

    Oh so many flowers are in bloom and we are on our third day of sunshine after weeks of extremely heavy rain…I bet it is warm and lovely at your house :)

    I will over soon to check out your writing very soon
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  5. J. W. Ironmonger, author of Coincidence, on tour February/March 2014 | TLC Book Tours Says:

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  6. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    Perfect endings are hard to come by! I’m glad Azalea’s story ends on such a perfect note.

    Thanks for being on the tour.

    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J
    You are welcome….I am going to read this book again soon, I liked it so much.
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