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Secrets My Mother Kept [Kindle Edition]

Kath Hardy
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Kath grew up on a vast council estate in the 1950s, the second youngest of ten children. The two most important people in young Kath's life were her charismatic but manipulative mother


Flo and her mother's sister Aunty. But Flo and Aunty were keeping secrets, a tapestry of lies that cast a harrowing shadow over the children's lives.



Many years later Kath's mother died and while sorting through Flo's things, Kath discovered a bundle of secret letters that sent her on a journey to finally unravel the truth...



Inspirational and moving, this is the story of a women brave enough to confront her past, and strong enough to let love not bitterness define her.



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Book Description

A bundle of letters and a daughter's incredible discovery

A powerful story of truth and lies

About the Author

Kath Hardy grew up on a council estate in Dagenham in the 1950s and 60s, the second youngest of ten children. She was a teacher for more than 30 years, before becoming an education advisor. She now lives in Suffolk with her husband, and has two grown-up children.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 865 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D8CSRV6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and poignant story 13 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my Kindle. Oh, how I enjoyed Kath Hardy's story of her mother, aunty, sisters, brothers and of course herself. It moves from her childhood through to her adult years and the beginning of her middle age. It is a very moving story and I became engrossed in her family and their laughter, tears, struggles, happiness and disappointments. I feel that I know them all so well.

It was especially interesting for me because I know lots of the places she spoke about when growing up, having moved to that part of Greater London when I married many years ago.

It is written very well indeed and I recommend this book to everyone who likes personal family stories. You will not be disappointed in choosing this book. There is a silver thread running through each page, such is the love and heartfelt way that Kathleen has written her story.

Thank you Kathleen for letting the reader be an observer through your life story which is so interesting. I hope you find in the future what you still seek.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A very disappointing book. 10 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was over 4000 pages long and took me about 2 weeks to read, I was really into it and was very anxious to find out her 'mothers secrets'. However towards the end the book starts to drag on a lil and get really confusing, she's one of 10 children, all her siblings have at least 2 kids, her aunts and uncles and friends... there are way too many names.
This didn't bother me till I finished reading the book as we don't actually find out any of her mother secrets. It should have been called 'my complicated life' not 'secrets my mother kept'. What secrets? I'm really disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heart warming read 12 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
After a bit of a slow start this book really drew me in, I literally couldn't put it down till I reached the end. Fantastic read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but harrowing 22 Oct. 2013
By Sam
Format:Paperback
From a fragmented and often harrowing childhood to an adult life full of questions. This book tells the story of Kath Hardy's childhood and the search for her father. It is also an interesting study on what the effects of a troubled childhood can have later in life. A very well written memoir with a mystery angle not present is other similar tales. Well worth a read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A heart warming book 4 Nov. 2013
By Gillian
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From start to finish an unbelievable account of this ladies life.(Kathy Hardy) I am lost for words to describe how I feel about KHardy but also her mother, so I feel it best to say no more and hope my comments will encourage this book to be read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 14 Oct. 2013
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Absolutely riveting and highlights the secrets and lies so common in those years and within families. Very well written too
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 28 Nov. 2013
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Worth staying up to get to the next chapter but once there hard to remember it is bedtime so lights out
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not my cup of tea! 8 Nov. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It was not quite what I was expecting, and although I am of the same era, and the book brought back some memories of my own childhood, I found it rather lengthy and boring in places. My childhood in the country with a small family was another world.

I usually pass on my books to my daughter, but I don't think this one will appeal to her, although she has read about it in The Times Review and we have discussed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book
Published 10 days ago by mrs kim scullion
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i really enjoyed this book first from this author definately read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars As an amateur genealogist myself, I found the twists ...
As an amateur genealogist myself, I found the twists and turns in the storyline believable. You never know what secrets are out there.
Published 3 months ago by M Francis
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Great read
Published 3 months ago by ahug1945
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ok
Published 3 months ago by Fannyfluff
5.0 out of 5 stars ... not my usual genre for books but it was recommended to me by a...
This is not my usual genre for books but it was recommended to me by a friend. I loved it, I was totally absorbed by the Coates family and their life and ploughed through the book... Read more
Published 5 months ago by melanie clayton
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my wife said thank you, very good
Published 5 months ago by Charles D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A nice easy read,good for relaxing holiday, well written and very enjoyable.
Published 5 months ago by S A NEAVE
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Came very quick brilliant book thanks
Published 6 months ago by charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, absorbing and shocking.
A wonderful memoir. Filled with fascinating characters, one of whom is capable of terrible things, it is threaded through with the love and forgiveness that kept this family... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sarah Muswell Hill
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