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Call Me Madam: From Mother to Madam
Call Me Madam: From Mother to Madam
by Dawn Annandale
Edition: Paperback

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would I be as brave ?, 31 May 2008
Picked this book up at the airport, thought it would be light reading for my holiday - how wrong was I !! Read this, was amazed by it then read Dawn's first book, Call Me Elizabeth. Even more sad, amazing, emotional and heartbreaking. I admire Dawn for having the balls to face up to her responsibilities. She says several times that she caused the situation she was in. The enormous debt and her bad choice of husband. Well, yes, maybe she should accept some blame but definately not all. Dawn had a terrible childhood. She was unloved and neglected by her mother, sexually abused by her father. She grew up without the security, love and stability that all children deserve and need. She married quickly and had kids, was abandoned by her first husband, the second was an alcoholic. Desperate for her own safe happy family, she had six children in 10 years, worked as a secretary and saw her husband sink further in alcoholism. Debt piled up and finally the bailiffs knocked on the door. Determined that her kids should not know what was happening or have their lives shattered further she joined an escort agency as a way of making lots of money quickly. What she went through humbled me. Made me feel inadequate as a mother myself. Call Me Madam is about amazing love and strength and I'm not sure that I would be able to cope the way Dawn did faced with all the hurdles she has overcome over the years. She started her own escort agency and faced even more problems. I am in awe of Dawn and consider myself blessed that I have loving wonderful parents and have never faced any of the problems Dawn has. I only hope she has now found happiness.

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