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My Secret Sister: Jenny Lucas and Helen Edwards' family story Kindle Edition
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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.
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
they will find out more on their journey, thank you so much for sharing this story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book sad in parts boring in other parts but at the same time I could not put it down until it was finished very compelling readPublished 14 days ago by Mrs. A. M. Edwards
Really enjoyed the book and the relationship between the sisters. Bit long winded once they had initially found each other..but I expect it was important for the story.Published 20 days ago by Kindle Customer
I couldn't put it down. An amazing story, heartbreaking and full of hope at the same time. Congratulations to you both !Published 27 days ago by karen b
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