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My Secret Sister [Kindle Edition]

Helen Edwards
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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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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: 2044 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged 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 (1,844 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #359 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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9 of 9 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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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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10 of 11 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put the book down
A great book but such a sad story glad it all worked out in the end for the twins Helen and Jenny
Published 13 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good couldn't put it down
Published 2 days ago by lynn cooper
3.0 out of 5 stars Hubby loved this one.
Found this one quite hard going, albeit a decent read.
Published 3 days ago by Shirley Dempsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very moving true story tale of two sisters, separated and brought up very differently.
Published 3 days ago by Mrs Margaret Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read.
Couldn't put this book down. It's riveting. All the twists and turns draw you in. Would definitely recommend it for anyone who likes true stories. Read more
Published 3 days ago by eileen brunsdon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quite sad, but enjoyed it
Published 4 days ago by debbie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book, well worth a read thank you
Published 4 days ago by jackie boothroyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
what an incredible and at times very sad story. I was particularly pleased with the happy outcome . This book is very well written and I would certainly recommend it .
Published 4 days ago by Mrs. E. Eales
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend it
Couldn't put this book down.... Surprise ending.. Recommend it
Published 5 days ago by Anne graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this.
Really enjoyed this story! An incredible and touching tale.
Published 5 days ago by loucat
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