My newest new arrival is Searching for Grace and I must thank Carol for providing me with a copy of this book.
A little about Heather Tovey:
Heather Tovey was born in London in 1911 and raised by a governess. At 18 she secretly married artist Gordon Tovey, who went on to revolutionise art teaching in New Zealand schools. In her 60s Heather finally learned the identity of her mother, and in 1975 she travelled to England to pursue her quest to find her family. The truth behind all the secrecy is the subject of Searching for Grace. Heather died in 2004, aged 93.
And a little about Carol Henderson:
Heather and Gordon Tovey’s daughter, worked as an art specialist and primary teacher. In 1998, having retired to follow creative ventures, she published A Blaze of Colour, a biography of her father, and began to help Heather record her early memories. In 1980, with husband Neil, Carol had travelled to England on the first of several trips to meet with Heather’s newly discovered relations and seek further answers.
I am looking forward to reading this book. Thanks again, Carol!
SEARCHING FOR GRACE
This family memoir describes a woman’s search for her birth mother. Despite all Heather’s efforts while growing up, the truth was denied. She invented macabre reasons for the total secrecy, so frightening she kept them hidden.
Searching for Grace combines Heather’s vivid and often amusing memories of childhood in 1920s London with the story of two young people whose love is threatened by lies and hypocrisy.
Years later, living in New Zealand, Heather finallly receives a letter confirming the identity of her birth mother. As the story opens in 1975 she is battling immigration officials to grant her special permission to travel to England to prove her identity. Without a birth certificate this is no easy task.
When Heather meets her birth family extraordinary facts emerge – and what Heather and Carol find is that appearances are one thing, truth another.
In the early 1980s Heather began to record her memories, but as she entered the shadowy realm of Alzheimer’s, her daughter Carol took over, continuing to tie together many of the missing strands of their story.