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Abandoned Child [Paperback]

Kitty Neale
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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5 Dec 2013

Kitty Neale is back! Curl up with this heartrending new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of A BROKEN FAMILY and A FATHER’S REVENGE

All she wanted was a mother’s love …

DESPISED
Penny’s childhood was spent in the shadows of her mother’s business schemes, feeling alone and unimportant. It fell to Lorna, her mother’s acquaintance, to take care of the lonely little girl, but the rejection always cut deep.

DETERMINED
When Penny turns sixteen and tragedy strikes, Lorna’s cousin Maureen, a feisty ex-stripper from London, strides into her life. Penny determines to make her own way in the world and, with Maureen, throws herself into a thrilling new life on the grimy streets of Soho. She makes new friends, but can’t avoid crossing the paths of some very dangerous men.

DANGER
In this seedy world of dancing girls and gangsters Penny must grow up quickly, she must be brave, and she’s forced to face the truth about some very dark secrets from her past.


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (5 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847562450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847562456
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Kitty Neale:

'Heartbreakingly poignant and joltingly realistic.’ Annie Groves

‘A moving tale of love, hope and family…full of drama and heartache.’ Closer

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All she wanted was a mother’s love


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good, pleasant, easy read. 1 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback
I won this book in a goodreads.com first reads giveaway to review. I hadn't read any of Kitty Neale's books before. The book started off really well, very easy to get into and the pace kept going and held your attention. Kitty Neale certainly has a gift for storytelling and there were plenty of happenings in the book to keep you interested. It was quite a good story but I felt it moved along too quickly. I don't like a lot of unnecessary detail or waffle but I felt this was skimming along and there wasn't quite enough descriptive detail. Too many coincidences too for it to be totally believable and for me to lose myself in the story. Some parts were a bit predictable and some things the reader found out 'what the reason was' too quickly; the scene should have been 'spun out' a bit more to create more suspense, then reveal later, without dragging it out too long. It's just about getting the timing right. I can see from other reviews that some fans of Kitty Neale have said that this perhaps wasn't her best so maybe it's that she is contracted to write a certain amount of books in a certain amount of time and she's had to rush this one out. It must be difficult for bestselling authors to keep to the same standard of all their blockbuster novels, pressure on them to deliver etc. Don't get me wrong, it was still a very pleasant and easy to read story, it just wasn't amazing. I didn't think that the choice of title particularly fitted the book. It gave the wrong idea about the content. 'Neglected' would have been more like it. The cover also didn't reflect the book, it seemed a bit old-fashioned which could deter potential readers. The child on the photo again bore no resemblance to the dark-haired Penny in the book. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned story. 20 Dec 2013
By Sue
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the book, some content rather unrealistic, but in general very enlightening about life in late 19th century. A good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hard slog 7 Feb 2014
By wizzy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
i have read all kittyi neales books and enjoyed everone, but im having trouble reading this book, ive picked it up and put it down so many times and i still cant get into it al all i shall persevere once more then i will delete it from my kindle
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abandonded child! 13 Feb 2014
By mal68
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Not what I expected from the title. However, still kept me reading to the end and I will continue to read Kitty Neale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 18 Jan 2014
By Unknown
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Have to say .I'm disappointed in this book ..... I have loved all this author s books.but unfortunately not this one .I felt the story line was poor and so was the ending sorry !!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Jan 2014
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Great book, realy enjoyed reading it have got all of her other books great author cant wait for next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abandoned child 31 Dec 2013
By deborah
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I gave this rating because It is a excellent book to read another enjoyable book of kitty neale's a book you cannot put down when you start reading it can't wait for her other book if she as wrote one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 31 Dec 2013
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Like all Kitty Neale Books this was just as good as the rest. It was more up to date than her usual novels but still good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 9 days ago by Mr. Barris Liptrott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good story teller
Published 14 days ago by Mrs. P. A. Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really pleased Thank you
Published 14 days ago by stephen brickley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Slower that previous books, but I did finish it.
Published 16 days ago by Sandra Bullen
2.0 out of 5 stars Abandoned Child
This was ok,however I couldn't maintain interest in the whole thing. Some bits felt disjointed, like the sudden death of Ruth and the smugglers, and it was difficult to maintain... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Ruth Oakes
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read.
A book to be read with forgotton child. Another great read.
Published 1 month ago by mrs j e wilks
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
have'nt read it, will rate when i do
Published 1 month ago by Muji Eweino
5.0 out of 5 stars abandoned child
just reading this book at the moment very good cannot put it down ,nearly finish this book would recommend this to eveyone to read
Published 2 months ago by miss.l.a.edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific story
great story of a kid's up bringing,with good & bad bit's..a great read,each chapter get's better.cant put it down.great reading.
Published 2 months ago by janeanddavy
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
I have read many of Kitty Neale's books and enjoy everyone and this book is no exception. The characters are very real and I feel that as the books goes on I got to know them so... Read more
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