A dashing American seeks Evie Adams help with the mystery surrounding his adoption, and his family in Dartmouth

As a counsellor, based in Exeter's Cathedral Green, Evie Adams ponders the extraordinary circumstances surrounding her latest clients, and the way they've impacted upon her own life. On the one hand is Phoebe, terrified that a distant relation is going to contest her deceased mother's will. On the other is Matt, seeking, with Evie's help, the mystery surrounding his biological parentage - all of which raises the question again and again as to whether adoption equates to being chosen or cheated. Waiting for the higher ferry to take her across the River Dart from Dartmouth to Kingswear, Evie Adams can't help equating it to some people's real life experiences. Back and forth they ply, driven by an outside force; tethered to a lifestyle that inhibits freedom. Is Matt's cousin one of them, she wonders? Will she ever be unleashed?


This novel, set in Devon, not only entertains, it inspires!  When a good writer and great storyteller like Mel unfolds a tale that is intriguing, touching and challenging to both heart and soul, the memory of it stays in the reader's mind.  Having been privy to plenty of real-life tragedies, including Mel's, in my role as a presenter of Songs of Praise, I love the way that Evie, the counsellor in the Evie Adams series, sets out to help her clients solve the obstacles before them, and to achieve the potential in their lives.

Pam Rhodes, journalist, presenter, writer and speaker

FROM DEVON LIFE magazine Jan 2017

Chosen? has been selected as Book of the Month for Book Shelf, written by Annette Shaw.  'Mel's book is a perfect place to start 2017,' she says.  'What I like about her writing is that she explores issues and problems that we all face.  That's what gives Mel's books authenticity.'

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