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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 (2,102 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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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 48 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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable 24 Mar. 2013
By susan
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I really enjoyed reading this book, couldnt put it down! I know from past research that this was often case in times when you had to cover up the truth. Its far easier now to tell it how it is. So glad that Helen and Jenny found each other and I am sure
they will find out more on their journey, thank you so much for sharing this story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good. reading
very good book I just had to keep reading ,
I was sorry the first husband did not come into the story again when the sisters got together.
Published 1 day ago by mrs p c
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story about adoption deceit and family life
Really enjoyed this story. Very sad yet happy. Cruel yet comforting. Great inspiration for anyone who has been adopted to find their birth families whilst detailing how... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Ms j m Shove
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. How two lives can be so different so sad at times
Published 2 days ago by miss j billings
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for the train
i'm glad that the sisters continued with there search. It's just a pity things happened the way it did. But what's the saying "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger".
Published 6 days ago by donna brough
5.0 out of 5 stars very good, would recommend to other buyers
very good,would recommend to other buyers.
Published 11 days ago by gray
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Interesting. First half of book more interesting than second.
Published 11 days ago by Bev GORDON
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhausted just reading this!!
Left my head spinning this one! Could not put it down!! Just gets more interesting with each page turned. What a woman.
Published 12 days ago by alisonjd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 19 days ago by golden
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Looks good not read yet
Published 21 days ago by EW
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended
A must read
Published 27 days ago by Elaine Hasan
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