A Mother's Shame Hardcover – 7 Nov 2013
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'Goodwin is a master of her craft: she excels in writing about the complexity of relationships, the hardships of life, the ties of family and the joys of love and friendship.' (Lancashire Evening Post)
'Rosie is a talented storyteller.' (Dee Williams) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This book is up to Rosie usual high standard, I couldn't put it down and read late into the night.
Hatters Hall, is the local asylum, but with a special wing for unmarried pregnant women. It is in this place that Isabelle finds herself, taken in the night from her family home by her father and incarcerated until such times as the shame is over and she can come home and marry.
Maria finds herself at Hatters Hall in very different circumstances, to work. She is put with Isabelle and has to be her maid, as Isabelle is in fact a lady of class and Maria is very much not. Together an unlikely friendship forms and they find they have something in common and also that they both want to escape Hatters Hall. For it does not matter if you work there or are a patient, you will always be trapped.
They both go on a journey which is going to take strength, courage and determination, not to just survive the journey but at the destination as well. The destination is Tasmania.
The story moves across oceans, as Maria and Isabelle, as well as Isabelle's brother Joshua embark on a very different lifestyle to one that they have all been used to. At their destination, they are tested again as the culture is very different to that of England and it even seems possible that life is easier for them all.
Like any saga, there is enough ups and downs in this novel and the contrasts between different classes, backgrounds, cultures and religion are all covered so well by Rosie Goodwin.Read more ›
Looking forward to Rosie's next novel.
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By Rosie Goodwin brilliant read enjoyed every moment of this book from start to finish love the character and story line Margaret parkhillPublished 15 days ago by Promises to keep
What a good story I enjoyed it from start to finish it was well written easy to understand and did not jump from ok be person to anotherPublished 2 months ago by Sheila Godwin