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Father Unknown Paperback – 28 Jan 2010
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Orphaned, lost. Who is she really? One young woman's search across the globe for a past - and a future . . .
Losing her adopted mother threatens all she's ever had . . .(from the publisher's description)
With characters it is impossible not to care about, this is storytelling at its very best (Daily Mail)
An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry (Woman’s Weekly)
About the Author
Lesley Pearse was told as a child that she had too much imagination for her own good. When she grew up she worked her way through a number of jobs, including nanny, bunny girl, dressmaker and full-time mother, before, at the age of forty-nine, settling upon a career that would allow her gifts to blossom: she became a published writer. Lesley lives in Devon and has three daughters and three grandchildren.
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I'm very eager to work my way through Lesley's back catalogue as she is one of my favourite writers. This is the 11th book of hers I have read, and I would say that this is probably one of her best.
The story is a huge epic and I can't imagine the huge amount of research that went into this book.
However, I felt that this book tried to fit just too much; poverty in England, poverty and migration into America, the wagon trains, the gold rush, the civil war, slavery, prostitution, women's rights etc.
Aside from the misery that Matilda's life seems to be, she is too much of a wonder woman to be believable. She was brought up in poverty and was taught to read and write and do sums, yet had a business brain by far superior to anyone she encountered. She not only rescued orphans, ex slaves, prostitutes and nursed them back to health (almost all of these lived happily ever after), but also nursed people against diseases such as cholera (but never caught so much as cold herself), she nursed in the civil war - then after restarted her business which once again became a huge success, she campaigned and encouraged others to do the same against prostitution and slavery, she ran successful businesses, she killed bad men, she was attractive and everyone loved her - is there no end to this woman's talents. Her only failing (if it could be called that) is that her hands are rough from all that work and she wears gloves to cover them.
So in essence the story is interesting and thought provoking, but perhaps a little far fetched.
In short, a good read, but not a brilliant one. If this is the author's first book then some of the glitches are forgiveable...if not, then this author just isnt for me.
If you want a book that has you not wanting to put it down ..... Father Unknown is the one to choose.
I am in the process of reading her earlier books as so much enjoyed the ones I have read todate. Each time I read one I think surely the next cann't be as good or better, but they are.
Lesley Pearse writes full of emotions and how family life for Daisy changes ...... sadness, tears and how family are sometimes fraught with the consequences of what happened some years ago.
A summer read that once picked up, you will need to know how all will end for Daisy.
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