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What Happened To Polly (The Hamilton Sisters Book 1)

What Happened To Polly (The Hamilton Sisters Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Hanning
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Product Description

Carmel Hamilton makes a selfish decision, resulting in the abduction of her little sister, Polly. The situation is further exacerbated when the girls' mother sustains dreadful injuries, following the reappearance of a man from her past.

The blame for the disintegration of the Hamilton family lies heavily on Carmel's young shoulders. Shunned by her father and older sister, she plunges into the depths of guilt and misery, growing up believing that she will never again be deserving of love. Instead, she directs all her energy into building wealth, using men for her own means.

Ellis Towers makes it his mission to break the chains that bind her heart. He finds the key to unlock the Hamiltons' deeply buried secrets – but what he discovers could further destroy Carmel's entire family.

Polly is closer than anyone imagines.

What Happened to Polly is a powerful story of love and despair, hope and redemption.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1055 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Jennifer Hanning (15 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OU2NNM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #214,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In one way or another I have been a writer ever since I could hold a crayon. After leaving my job as a technical writer in the software development industry, I now enjoy a perfect balance between teaching yoga/meditation classes and creating my stories.

The two novels I have written so far are different in genre although both were inspired by real life events.

Moongolly has a supernatural theme but is also firmly grounded to Earth. The spirit world of Harmonia is one step from Earth, a world with many Earthly attributes. The characters are diverse and colourful and storyline is unique. On my website there are many reviews from when Moongolly was published in paperback. One of my favourites was -- Some will find answers in this book, others will simply enjoy an enchanting story.

What Happened to Polly is a mystery drama revolving around a once-normal family. This story evolved after I suffered nightmares about what could have happened to my little sister, Kelly, through a selfish act of mine many years ago. Thankfully, I got to write What Happened to Polly as fiction.

I am in my element when writing and creating hours of entertainment and relaxation for people. If you like my stories, I'd love to hear from you --

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4.4 out of 5 stars
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Another author I havent heard of, another book I probably wouldnt have read but is now in my radar. A painful book to read to a certain extent, I felt an overpowering urge to protect the main character (the one that left the girl tied to the fence) and was almost annoyed with the little girl. But thoroughly enjoyed the book, wanted to know how it ended but didnt want the book to end... thats my sign of a good book! Would recommend to others for a bit of mystery with a good story line and believable characters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Happened to Polly 24 Sep 2012
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One day 10 year old Carmel loses her 3 year old sister Polly at a fair. This is the story of how Carmel copes with the guilt. But this story is so much more. It is a heart-tugger, but not over the top.

I did find bits painful to read as it must be so, so hard not knowing what happened. For all the sadness in it, it is not a horrid story. It is very well written and I will say un-put-downable as I read most of it on one wet Sunday.

After reading the first few chapters, I so wanted to go straight to the end to see if it was a happy ending as I didn't know if I could bear it if it wasn't. I resisted and was so glad I did.

This is definitely a book I would recommend to everyone. I loved it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous and attention grabbing 28 Sep 2012
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Fantastic book that I got for free.... and I would definitely pay money for it. It was fantastic. I love any book that grabs my attention from the beginning page and this was one of those books. It tells the story of Carmel and her family and what happens in the aftermath of her baby sister being kidnapped. I won't spoil what happened to Polly, you'll have to read to find out!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by the title 6 Feb 2013
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This is one of those novels which is very hard to review without giving away important elements of the plot. The title might give the impression that this might be a gruesome account of the sufferings of a kidnap victim, but be reassured - it isn't. It is a well-written, thought-provoking and involving account of the long-term aftermath of the snatching of a young child.
The characters are convincingly drawn. The plot twist at the end came as a complete surprise. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value 30 Jan 2013
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This is a slightly tongue in cheek comment as this was one of the amazing free kindle downloads available on amazon.
The story is a gripping mystery about a missing child which I have recommended to several people.
I would suggest that you get it while its free....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read 9 Jan 2013
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I've always liked a good mystery, and this book certainly kept me guessing to the last page. The author brilliantly reveals the family secrets a bit at a time and saves the best revelations to the end. While reading the last few chapters I did not want the book to end, but at the same time I did as I wanted to know what had really happened on that fateful day when little Polly disappeared at the local funfair.

The author also does not include a load of unnecessary detail and description so that the story unfolds at a fair pace and never becomes boring. Definitely the best ebook I've read so far on my new Kindle, and my mother is now reading, and enjoying, it as well. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner! 11 Nov 2012
By Katie85 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I really could not put this book down! From finding out how Polly disappeared to finding out what became of her and to seeing how the characters in the story came to find out what happened to Polly, this was a real page turner.

The story is primarily told from the perspective of Carmel, Polly's older sister, who is the one who was looking after Polly at the time of her disappearance. You really want to feel sympathy for her, especially in the early years when she was pretty much rejected by the rest of her family, and it is easy to feel sympathetic towards her. However, in part two, as Carmel has grown up and the story is also told through a couple of other characters, you manage to understand why they feel the way they do about Carmel and how some other characters manage to come across in a good light - this is not a bad thing as it makes all the main characters seem a bit more real.

It is established relatively early on (about a third of the way into the story) what happened to Polly and you know from then on that the ending will be painful, but the ending still managed to take me by surprise and there are plenty of things going on before it gets to that point.

A wonderful story which, although was a free download at the time I ordered, I would have been happy to click on the "buy" button if it had appeared on the paid for list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story 11 Nov 2012
By Misty
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Carmel a 10 year old takes her 3 year old sister Polly for an ice cream but she is attracted to a travelling fair and a ride she went on with her friends the year before. Her sister is too young to go on the ride so Carmel takes the ribbon out of her hair and ties her to the railings. When the ride is spinning around she sees a man talking to Polly and then Polly has been untied and is gone... Her family blame her and she lives with the guilt for years. The first part of the book is about Carmel and her family and how the events of that day effect them. The second part of the book is about what happened to Polly. Then the story returns to Carmel and her family. This book was well written and I couldn't put it down there was plenty of emotion and with a twist I never saw coming. I would recommend this book...Excellent
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Tale
This probably would have easily merited 5 stars as I really enjoyed the story but it has too many daft mistakes peppered throughout which is a bloody shame. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lynda Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful story of recovery
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Published 15 months ago by ronix
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a nd read although
I was baffled why none of the family suspected Daisy of being the long lost Polly. Carmel had been looking for signs of her sister in every young woman, so why not with Daisy after... Read more
Published 16 months ago by S. Parks
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!
Kept you interested all the way through.A good read from start to finish.Easy to read. Worth the 0.79p I paid for it thats for sure.
Published 17 months ago by Nicki s
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
I didnt think i would like this, it seemed a bit gloomy in the first few chapters, but once i got past them i wanted to carry on reading to see what happened next. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mhughes
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting concept
A small girl goes missing and the repercussions of this filter over many years until we reach the crux of the story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bimbom
4.0 out of 5 stars Jolly good read.
Loved this book, gripped you from the beginning. The ending wasent what I was expecting but was in fact better than my thoughts on what was going to happen. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lady Ottoline
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jagged Jigsaw
Astutely handled, this sombre story explores the damage wrought on one family scarred by the legacy of a shocking event that they share. Read more
Published 21 months ago by willie wit
4.0 out of 5 stars What happened to Polly
An interesting story with a twist at the end. I didn't guess it was the eldest sister who had the questionable father, thinking it was Polly until near the end.
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars some nice bits
i found it a bit patchy some good sections but a lot of padding. there was a freshness about it . so would try the author again.
Published 23 months ago by jim
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