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My Secret Sister: Jenny Lucas and Helen Edwards' family story Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book on several different levels. Firstly, I like true stories - biographies and autobiographies are my favourite genre. The contrast between the way that Helen and Jenny were raised is staggering - at totally opposite ends of the parenting spectrum. Your sympathy would naturally be with the daughter who was given away, but in this case she (Jenny) was the lucky one. Hearing them each describe their early lives in alternate chapters really accentuated the stark differences in their upbringings. How on earth did Helen survive the relentless physical and emotional abuse she received from her mother and Tommy?
This book also reminds us how attitudes to marriage and illegitimacy have changed since the middle of the last century. The immense pain, shame and heartbreak caused by childbirth out of wedlock back then ripped lives and families apart in a way that seems so alien to us all now - thankfully the stigma attached to the issue is all but dead and buried.
And the impact that war wreaks on societies and families is also clearly evident in the book - not only how enforced separation and all the associated uncertainties led to secrecy and infidelity, but also how the trauma of imprisonment and torture left some with the emotional scars and mental and behavioural disorders that plagued them for the rest of their lives.
This is a true story of the perseverance and determination of two people, cruelly separated by the circumstances surrounding their birth, to unravel all the secrets and lies they had been told, and to ultimately discover the truth about themselves and each other. A fascinating and very moving story.
Must read as it will make you appreciate your own upbringing especially if you thought you have had it tough
The book describes in detail a childhood in the 50's and 60's. The main protagonists are described in satisfying detail. It includes photos of the characters both as they are now and from their childhood. I really enjoyed it and had to stay up late to finish it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't put this book down, truly beautiful story yet sad , people went through so much but got on with life.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Loved getting to know the characters. The last pages didn't grip me, but maybe I was to enthralled by the rest of the book.Published 1 month ago by Jameela Clague
Bought as a present and was really enjoyed so l borrowed it and really enjoyed.Published 1 month ago by B.H.T
It is a sad book but written in a very good way, it must of helped dispel her demons.Published 1 month ago by Sillynana
Good story line, thoroughly enjoyed this book. Would recommend it, suitable for all readers regardless of age. You won't be disappointed.Published 2 months ago by Beaubelle
Such a heartbreaking story but at the same time inspiring. Genuinely written so it was easy to read. Thank to Helen and Jenny to share their story with us.Published 2 months ago by Didem Berzek Matoszko
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