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My Secret Sister: Jenny Lucas and Helen Edwards' family story [Kindle Edition]

Helen Edwards , Jenny Lee Smith
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,122 customer reviews)

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Helen grew up in a pit village in Tyneside in the post-war years, with her gran, aunties and uncles living nearby. She felt safe with them, but they could not protect her from her neglectful mother and violent father. Behind closed doors, she suffered years of abuse. Sometimes she talked to an imaginary sister, the only one who understood her pain. Jenny was adopted at six weeks and grew up in Newcastle. An only child, she knew she was loved, and with the support of her parents she went on to become a golfing champion, but still she felt that something was missing. . .

Neither woman knew of the other's existence until, in her fifties, Jenny went looking for her birth family and found her sister Helen. Together they searched for the truth about Jenny's birth - and uncovered a legacy of secrets that overturned everything Helen thought she knew about her family. Happily, they also discovered that they were not just sisters, they were twins. Inspirational and moving, this is the story of two women brave enough to confront their past, and strong enough to let love not bitterness define them.



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The powerful story of two sisters separated at birth, one abused and one loved, and their search to understand their past.

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Helen grew up in a pit village in Tyneside in the post-war years, with her gran, aunties and uncles living nearby. She felt safe with them, but they could not protect her from her neglectful mother and violent father. Behind closed doors, she suffered years of abuse. Sometimes she talked to an imaginary sister, the only one who understood her pain. Jenny was adopted at six weeks and grew up in Newcastle. An only child, she knew she was loved, and with the support of her parents she went on to become a golfing champion, but still she felt that something was missing. . . Neither woman knew of the other's existence until, in her fifties, Jenny went looking for her birth family and found her sister Helen. Together they searched for the truth about Jenny's birth - and uncovered a legacy of secrets that overturned everything Helen thought she knew about her family. Happily, they also discovered that they were not just sisters, they were twins. Inspirational and moving, this is the story of two women brave enough to confront their past, and strong enough to let love not bitterness define them.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3301 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (14 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BPWMXU2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,653 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating couldn't put it down 24 Mar. 2013
By Amy
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Very fascinating story of real people's lives, very emotional and twists and turns along the way. Honestly the most interesting book I've ever read. Don't think I will ever forget these characters would make an amazing film. It made me smile but mainly cry. So glad Jenny and Helen found each other they seem like wonderful people.
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a book 22 Mar. 2013
By Anj
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This is truly an inspirational story. I first heard about Jenny and Helen's story when they were on my local news bulletin and even with the tiny snippet that was featured I knew I would enjoy this book.
I am going to purchase this in paper back as my neighbour would love to read it. I will also recommend this book to friends as well.
It has really made me stop and think and take stock of how lucky we all are, my grandad is a twin and sadly his sister died some years ago and I saw for myself the bond they had.
I am so glad Jenny and Helen found one another and what a story
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!! 26 Mar. 2013
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This book made me laugh and made me cry----beautifully written could almost taste the coal dust from the pits and the salt water from the beach..where there's life there is always hope....thanx for sharing your life story
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Secret Sister 23 April 2013
By S. D
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Well told. The story of 2 sisters. Reminding us of just a couple of generations ago, when illegitimacy was a social disaster for the woman, an unforgivable sin.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 25 April 2013
By alyson
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I saw Jenny and Helen on 'this morning' and just fancied reading their story. I thoroughly enjoyed it and had a tear in my eye on occasions. It was written very well and I couldn't put it down!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down. 11 April 2013
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Once I started to read it, I couldn't put it down.
I was also pleased to read the extra at the end after the book was completed.
I occassionaly got confused about which sister I was reading about, but that might be something to do with my memory, rather than the fault of the book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By AEW
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This book is ghost written which could explain how the two 'voices' narrating in the first person sound so similar to each other. Neither woman knew of the existence of the other until well into middle age because their mother was exceptionally devious and manipulative. Jenny, the child who was given for adoption, had the better life with loving parents and many opportunities and went on to become a renowned golf player. Helen stayed with her mother and the man she marries, and had an appalling time with both mental and physical abuse from both parents. The extended family of the mother collude in keeping the family secrets and when the two women attempt to find out more of their story they run against a wall of concealment, it is much to their credit that they persist in uncovering their story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating story! 11 May 2013
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Have you ever seen a grown man cry? Give him a copy of this book and sooner or later you probably will!

I enjoyed this book on several different levels. Firstly, I like true stories - biographies and autobiographies are my favourite genre. The contrast between the way that Helen and Jenny were raised is staggering - at totally opposite ends of the parenting spectrum. Your sympathy would naturally be with the daughter who was given away, but in this case she (Jenny) was the lucky one. Hearing them each describe their early lives in alternate chapters really accentuated the stark differences in their upbringings. How on earth did Helen survive the relentless physical and emotional abuse she received from her mother and Tommy?

This book also reminds us how attitudes to marriage and illegitimacy have changed since the middle of the last century. The immense pain, shame and heartbreak caused by childbirth out of wedlock back then ripped lives and families apart in a way that seems so alien to us all now - thankfully the stigma attached to the issue is all but dead and buried.

And the impact that war wreaks on societies and families is also clearly evident in the book - not only how enforced separation and all the associated uncertainties led to secrecy and infidelity, but also how the trauma of imprisonment and torture left some with the emotional scars and mental and behavioural disorders that plagued them for the rest of their lives.

This is a true story of the perseverance and determination of two people, cruelly separated by the circumstances surrounding their birth, to unravel all the secrets and lies they had been told, and to ultimately discover the truth about themselves and each other. A fascinating and very moving story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I haven't finished the book yet but there isn't enough time in a day to read it but what I have read it is great
Published 15 hours ago by Bruno
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 17 hours ago by June
5.0 out of 5 stars ... not read it yet when I do will be good read thank you
Have not read it yet when I do will be good read thank you
Published 1 day ago by michelle nessling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved this book...
Published 2 days ago by denise turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved the story. The writing was not as polished as others i've read
Published 5 days ago by Bear G
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading
Very different lives, abuse was horrendous to read about. Couldn't wait to read the next chapter 😃 lovely happy ending.
Published 6 days ago by Naomi Rowe
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
Initially attracted by the title I was disappointed by the tedious, long-winded and boring prose and the convoluted, rambling plot. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Zan
5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed reading this heart warming story
A book that I couldn't put down. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this heart warming story, I recommend it
Published 17 days ago by Susan Jager
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 23 days ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming story.
The stories of two sisters interweave to form an incredible book. Sadness, abuse and human dilemmas happen but the overriding emotion for me Is the love the women have for their... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Marc Greenwood
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