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A Mother's Shame Hardcover – 7 Nov 2013

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Canvas (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472101693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472101693
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 614,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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From the corridors of a revered mental asylum, to the plains of rural Australia, via a perilous sea voyage. For the sake of two unborn babies ...

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Rosie Goodwin is one of my favourite authors, I have all her books. The trouble is I read them in a few days and have a long wait for the next one.
This book is up to Rosie usual high standard, I couldn't put it down and read late into the night.
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i have read all rosies books and they never let you down, she is an absolute star, this last book i was really sad to reach the end, i wanted it to go on and on, a must read and you will not be disappointed.
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I loved this book from beginning to end and never imagined the ending ....as it turned out,a truly enjoyable read
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The excellent story writing of Rosie Goodwin makes you feel like you are there , looking over on the events of the tale. The story covers the lives of two young girls, Maria and Isabella , both from completely different backgrounds and the story of how the lives entwined. The ending leaves you imagining how the out come will change their lives .
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It does not matter what class you come from, a baby born out of wedlock is the same in 1857. These secrets can shock the community and destroy a family. In Nuneaton, the only place some of these young girls go is a place called Hatters Hall.

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.
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I RATED THIS BOOK WITH FIVE STARS BECAUSE AS WITH ALL OF HER OTHER BOOKS IT WAS BRILLIANT. DIFFERENT IN MANY WAYS TO MOST OF ROSIE`S OTHER BOOKS BUT ANOTHER ONE I COULDN'T PUT DOWN THANK YOU ROSIE FOR TURNING ME INTO AN AVID READER
MAVIS HUTT
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Rosie Goodwin captivates the reader in all her novels. A Mother's Shame is a good insight into life in that era.
Looking forward to Rosie's next novel.
Excellent service from Amazon.
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Really enjoy Rosie Goodwin books they keep your interest right to the end would recommend her books to everyone always sad when I get to the end!
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