4.5 Gripping, heart-rending, optimistic Mimbelina | 19/01/2011 | See all Mimbelina's reviews (1) Ruth Eastham creates an inspiring story that is so believable, it hurts! You can feel Alex's despair and frustration as he struggles to fit in to his adoptive family whilst trying to help his ailing grandfather. Alex's search for the truth was always going to be painful, but the story is full of optimism and strength of character. I was totally gripped from start to finish, and read it in super-quick time, which is sad because I didn't want it to end! More please!