Gill D. Anderson

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As the only child of a single parent, and with little knowledge of her father or her paternal relatives, Emily struggles with identity issues throughout her childhood. Her mother’s past and family history have always been shrouded in secrecy.

Moving from Scotland to Vancouver, Emily hoped to start a new life and reinvent herself, but she unintentionally becomes estranged from her mother, Melita, during the process.

The tension between Melita and her daughter that has built throughout the course of Emily’s life finally comes to the surface. Slowly, the truth about Melita’s harsh childhood growing up in Malta unravels, revealing the inevitable impact it had on Emily’s upbringing.

Will the dysfunctional familial patterns remain entrenched forever? Or can Melita and Emily find a way to reconcile with the past?


Product details

Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm
Pages: 224 pgs

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Customer Reviews

Based on 125 reviews
Anna Turpin
A great rollercoaster of a story

I was hooked on this entire book. What a crazy ride it had been reading through everything that took place, from the early beginnings of Melita's story in her teenage years to the coronavirus pandemic period, and the years that took place in between. This book is almost like a story from a self-help book, where you can see examples of concepts such as what a toxic relationship is, avoidance attachment style, familial relationship patterns, and inner child healing.

I felt many emotions while reading through this book. I felt pity and frustration for the characters, while at the same time, I could understand why and how they became to be who they are. It is, after all, hard to break patterns, especially if you are someone who grew up without the right role models in your life. I enjoyed how the author wrote the chapters of the book; even as the time period jumped between the present and the past, it all made sense and was easy to follow. Through all the events in the book, the ending was a bittersweet surprise.

Overall, I can say that this book was definitely worth a read. I recommend it!

Lisa Brai
Touching story

A beautifully woven story about what happens when families are torn apart by shame, lies and hidden wounds. Gill has an amazing talent in writing delicate stories that require so much love and detail. A delicate puzzle slowly put together by Gill, all in the form of a beautiful yet very heartbreaking story. A true lesson hidden amongst the pages, that life is too short to let our resentment leave us with deep regret and unspoken words of love. Another brilliant read by Gill!

Lori Brown
Beautifully written

The writing in this book is exceptional. Not only do Gill's words pull at your heart strings, the rhythm and flow of her writing is truly hypnotic!

Melita carries her trauma bonds throughout her life and sadly dumps her issues straight onto her only daughter Emily. Tragic, yet powerful and at the same time it ends on a hopeful note. For anyone with a mother wound, this is a must read. Definitely the most powerful of all four of Gill's books.

Michail Tsikerdekis
an intracate tale

"Melita" by Gill D. Anderson is a gripping and intricate tale of intertwining lives, secrets, and familial connections. Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, the story revolves around the lives of Ross, Emily, Catherine, and other characters whose paths intersect in unexpected ways.The narrative skillfully weaves together the lives of these characters, gradually revealing their complex relationships, hidden histories, and the impact of their choices on each other's lives. It explores themes of family, identity, missed opportunities, and the consequences of past actions.The storytelling is rich in emotional depth, keeping readers engaged with its suspenseful plot twists and revelations. The characters are well-developed, each with their own compelling backstory and motivations. The author adeptly captures the intricate dynamics between the characters, drawing readers into their world and the intricacies of their relationships."Melita" is a poignant and thought-provoking story that delves into the intricacies of human connections, the weight of secrets, and the possibility of redemption. Gill D. Anderson's writing style is engaging, making it a compelling read for those who enjoy intricately woven narratives and explorations of family ties and human emotions.

Shelby Crisp

Melita is a powerful mother /daughter story that makes your heart ache for both of them due to the authors uncanny way of making you empathise equally with both parties. At times I wanted to throttle Melita and other times I wanted to wrap her in a hug. Powerful writing which I suspect may come from the heart.