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I read this book with great interest. I was at the same mother and baby home two years after the author and remember many of the hardships the young mothers had to undergo. I was a very naive 17 year old and my mother had just died. This book brought many memories back to me and what Angela said rang very true. I also recognised some of the nuns mentioned which made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I was lucky as I refused to have my baby adopted and left the convent just before Christmas. My heart bled for Angela - you had to be very strong indeed to keep your baby particularly remembering how unkind and judgemental society was in the '60's towards Unmarried mothers. My darling son, now 47, is also reading this book - it was part of his history too. I was lucky in that I went on to have a very happy marriage and three more children. Thank you so much Angela for writing this book.
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Initial post: 7 May 2014 19:02:09 BDT
Hi , I was just googling the home as we were talking about the film Philomena and I was telling my friends, my story. I was in Loretta too but in 1974/75 , I wasn't forced to have my son adopted and I didn't . I do remember that I was made to go to church , but I worked in the kitchen , the nun in the kitchen was lovely and so helpful and we did go out , infact we used to go out a lot and have visitors. I do remember though girls or women who had to take their children to Ireland to be adopted . I must read this book now.
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