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Mother of Ten (Whisper My Secret Book 2)

Mother of Ten (Whisper My Secret Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

JB Rowley
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What happens to children who are robbed of family?

Myrtle’s first three children grew up without any knowledge of their mother after Myrtle was forced to give them up when they were still toddlers. Not only were the children deprived of contact with their mother, they also grew up devoid of any knowledge of each other after being placed in separate facilities.
In this sequel to Whisper My Secret, JB Rowley explores what happened to the three half-siblings she never knew. As one of the children of Myrtle’s second family, JB also offers a personal view of a mother making a new life without her first family.

Although the devastating loss of her first three children remained with her, Myrtle became a caring and committed mother of seven more children living in near isolation in the Australian bush. This mother’s strength of character is matched in her first three children who survived and thrived despite being cheated of the nurturing that should have been their birthright.

Their stories are sad, sometimes heartbreaking but ultimately courageous and inspiring.

About the Author

JB Rowley is a writer of books, teller of stories and teacher of English and lives in Melbourne, Australia. She has been honoured with awards for her written stories as well as her oral stories. JB spent her childhood chasing snakes and lizards down hollow logs, playing Hansel and Gretel in the bush with her brothers, climbing trees, searching the local rubbish tip for books to read and generally behaving like a feral child. She still grasps every possible chance to be free and feral but regrets those opportunities are too few. JB Rowley’s full name is June Barnes-Rowley. June was the name given her by her parents but used only by her mother as her father called her Brigid. Rowley was the name she inherited from her father. Barnes was the name she inherited from her ex-husband. JB is the name most people now call her but she will answer to June or Brigid or Barnsey and many other names but never to ‘hey you’ or ‘hey girlie’.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 351 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492858145
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Potoroo Press; 1 edition (21 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,426 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My name is JB Rowley. There are lots of things about me I won't tell you but I will tell you that I grew up in a small Australian town called Orbost in the state of Victoria. I spent my childhood chasing snakes and lizards down hollow logs, playing Hansel and Gretel in the bush with my brothers, climbing trees,searching the local rubbish tip for books to read and generally behaving like a feral child. We didn't have horses but we had sheep so I used to ride on the back of a big old ram. I also did a lot of reading,usually curled up in the hay shed. One book I remember reading as a kid was Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I was only around six when I read it and the character that I have never forgotten is the convict. He really frightened me!

These days I live in Melbourne (Australia) where,when I am not writing, I work as an English tutor and an oral storyteller. Sometimes, as a storyteller, I wear a turban and have fun dressing up in colourful clothes. I just love stories; written stories, oral stories and visual stories.

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5.0 out of 5 stars gripping!!!!! 5 Sep 2013
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I could not put it down, Her mother-in-law was cruel to her and didn't give her any choice but to leave, she went on to make another life but never forgot her first family in her heart....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very sad but moving true story 31 Mar 2014
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This is a brilliant book. It is extremely sad but a true story and well worth the read. It is brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories and separated siblings envelope you into their world 1 May 2013
By Lisa Forsythe - Published on
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Life experiences of a small town Australian girl who discovers her mother has decades old secrets that are only discovered after her death. This story draws you into a world of carefree country life interrupted by tragedy and subsequent revelation. I could feel the authors emotions first hand. A roller coaster story of ups and downs with genuine love and admiration for parents who do their very best for their children despite the sacrifices and losses involved. This beautiful story describes life in the 40's, when women were often powerless in a male dominated society. Involved in a loveless marriage, falsely accused of adultery, manipulated by a conniving mother-in-law, Myrtle makes a heart wrenching decision to "do the right thing" and let others care for her 3 babies. She goes on to have a successful marriage, and 7 more children. This is a story of a daughters investigation and eventual understanding of her mothers "other life". I highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous follow up to "Whisper my Secret". 25 April 2013
By Anita Marshall - Published on
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After reading Whisper My Secret I was so excited to see the follow up with Mother of Ten. This book is full of wonderful memories, both tender and at times sad, that have been told so discriptively you can picture the story as you read it. From the way Myrtle is feeling to the Australian bush area where it is set. It kept me enraptured from start to finish. Well done and Thank you to this author on another fantastic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cloud Ten 24 July 2013
By Mark Krol - Published on
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Thanks Jb for a bracing ramble through Australian bush heritage, complete with billy tea, snakes, a lyrebird called Matilda, bushfires, stranger danger, woodstove baking, carts, bikes on earth tracks, and apples bouncing onto a dunny roof. It's clever how you wove the theme of ancestral ghosts (e.g. in the bush at night) through the fabric of memories, lost children, or former selves. I appreciate how you explored authentic relationships between colonial, migrant and indigenous Australians, attentively matching tribes to regions. Future historians will, I'm guessing, find your book a great resource for studying mid twentieth century Australian rural or regional life, from the types of games children played, to cooking styles, charity, courtship and of course, attitudes to parenting. Underlying all this was a poignant nod to the power of distance. I felt this, not only in the way you missed your Dad when he was away on remote jobs, but also, in the geographic challenges of his medical care. I find your pages quick to turn, rolling like tongues of flame in a blooming bushfire, or the twirl of a lizard's tail. In this review I really haven't touched on your main subject: your Mum! Let alone all her ten children, or the contrast in upbringing between that of her stolen brood and your own siblings who followed after, with you. But that's for the reader to discover. May the bush spirits walk with you. - reviewed by Louisa John-Krol, on hubby's account with kind permission.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel that completes informative, interesting, unusual life 12 May 2013
By Judie Amsel - Published on
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Immediately after finishing WHISPER MY SECRET, I bought the sequel MOTHER OF TEN. I wanted to know more about Myrtle, an Australian woman and her family, especially what happened to her first three children, the ones who were taken from her custody by her uncaring ex-husband and his controlling and meanspirited mother and placed in government childcare facilities. We also learn about the lives of the members of her second family whom June, the narrator, discovered and sought out after her mother's death. .
The book was an honest look of the life of a hardworking caring family of little means in Australia starting in the 1940s. We hear about the respectful actions of caring members of the community when her father becomes ill allowing the family to maintain its dignity.
One of the funniest sections is when June's grandmother, Nan, teaches her how to make scones. "Making scones is a skill not many people learn. I'll teach you how to do it. First you need a good recipe. Get me that recipe book in the top drawer." With June reading the directions, Nan makes the scones, ignoring almost everything the book says.
The two youngest ones grew up in orphanages and received no visitors or love. They had been separated from each other and for a very long time did not know they had siblings. All three had also been told lies about their mother so that they would think she was a terrible woman who abandoned them freely. The story of children raised in that situation is explored honestly. Speaking about sharing family stories, histories, and pictures, Rowley writes "Institutional children are deprived of these precious pieces of the childhood jigsaw that most of us assume as our right." They lack personal belongings or privacy and were subject to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
She also writes of why mothers in these situations may not want to regain contact with their children later on and presents logical explanations.
At the end we learn briefly of what has happened to the members today.
MOTHER OF TEN is well written, honest, and down-to-earth. Rowley includes some updated information about WHISPER MY SECRET.
One of the delights of this book was learning about the lyre bird, an Australian bird whose tail explains its name and mimics all types of sounds. I went on line and was delighted with what I discovered. Go to [...] and other sites listed on Google to hear some of them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mother of Ten 7 May 2013
By Gael Cresp - Published on
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After reading "Whisper my Secret" I looked forward to finding out the end of the story. I was not disappointed. JB has managed to fill in the rest of her mother's life and, by using modern sources, place the dreadful events of Myrtle's first marriage into an historical context. The emergence of the "authorial" voice more strongly in this book added to its impact and brought the story to a warm and loving close.Mother of Ten (Whisper My Secret)
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