- Published: 25 April 2022 25 April 2022
I really enjoyed Jane Sanderson’s previous novel, Mix Tape, so was keen to read Waiting for Sunshine. Chrissie and Stuart are members of a successful rock band and have a good life, but long for a child of their own. They are in the process of adopting and finding it very stressful. They have been disappointed when previous attempts fell through, but now their adoption of three-year-old Sunshine looks like it might finally go ahead. Sunshine is a delightful child, but there is a mystery surrounding her past and how she came to be put up for adoption that is slowly revealed as the story progresses.
The characters are well written and believable, but I thought Chrissie’s behaviour was a bit unreasonable and rather irritating at certain points in the story. In the second half of the book, family secrets are revealed that change everything she previously believed to be true, and she has a lot to come to terms with. The ending is satisfying as it ties up all the loose ends. I liked the musical references, especially Sunshine’s favourite Beatles’ song. I enjoyed Waiting for Sunshine, and will definitely look out for other books by this author. Thanks to Penguin and NetGalley for a digital copy to review.