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My Secret Sister: Jenny Lucas and Helen Edwards' family story by [Edwards, Helen, Lee Smith, Jenny]
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The powerful story of two sisters separated at birth, one abused and one loved, and their search to understand their past.

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Helen grew up in a pit village in Tyneside in the post-war years, with her gran, aunties and uncles living nearby. She felt safe with them, but they could not protect her from her neglectful mother and violent father. Behind closed doors, she suffered years of abuse. Sometimes she talked to an imaginary sister, the only one who understood her pain. Jenny was adopted at six weeks and grew up in Newcastle. An only child, she knew she was loved, and with the support of her parents she went on to become a golfing champion, but still she felt that something was missing. . . Neither woman knew of the other's existence until, in her fifties, Jenny went looking for her birth family and found her sister Helen. Together they searched for the truth about Jenny's birth - and uncovered a legacy of secrets that overturned everything Helen thought she knew about her family. Happily, they also discovered that they were not just sisters, they were twins. Inspirational and moving, this is the story of two women brave enough to confront their past, and strong enough to let love not bitterness define them.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3345 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (14 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BPWMXU2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 2,338 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Have you ever seen a grown man cry? Give him a copy of this book and sooner or later you probably will!

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.
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One of those books which you will not even remember after some time. Read this book when had some free time when i had to wait for something. I finished it, was not impressed. This is a sad story of two sisters raised separately. One was given for adoption, other one was raised with parents where she was abused. Now when i am writing this review after a very long time I had to google it to remember what this all was about but even this didn't help me to remember. Book haven't left any impression at all and you will forget it after some time. I like books which you will remember and even can read again and again after some time
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An interesting book but I feel the details of Helen's early life experiences, which were rather horrific, could have been condensed had they been better written & conversely the account of the sisters eventually coming together could have been more explicit; it seemed rather rushed.
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It is such an inspirational true story. At first Jenny's story seems dull compared to Helen's but as things begin to unfold the reverse is true as Jenny is much more independent while you begin to wonder why Helen and her family were still so totally dominated by her mother. It is so sad that their lives could have been so different and how much circumstances can change people's lives. It is wonderful that they are together at last and that they get on so well despite such different upbringings. It would have been so easy for Helen to have been resentful of Jenny's more privileged life and it is also very interesting how strong their bond is after all these years and throughout the book realising how much they had in common. It also makes you think how much attitudes have changed in the last 50 years
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When you have read this book you will find it hard to believe that these girls survived there childhood as it was so cruel but it was lovely that they found the rest of the family.
Must read as it will make you appreciate your own upbringing especially if you thought you have had it tough
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I was entranced with this story as I wanted to see if the reason their mother acted the way she did would become apparent and also the reason for Helen's father treating her so badly. I am so very glad that the sisters found each other and I felt quite emotional by the end of the book. It was a real page turner. How very sad that parents can be so horrible to children because of their own shortcomings. Families in those days were very secretive about things and only to keep up appearances - all very sad! Unfortunately, it still goes on today. Despite the awful life she had Helen made good and realised her ambition. Luckily, Jenny and Helen have treasured time together now.
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A fascinating true story. Helen Edwards and Jenny tell the story of their very different childhoods. Helen's is a lonely nightmare with a manipulative, cold, controlling mother and a violently abusive father. Jenny had a lovely childhood but was shocked to learn as a teenager that she had been adopted. Then the two meet.

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.
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What a fabulous story!! It's remarkable how they found each other after so many years apart. Thankfully they and their families accepted one another. Thought it sad that their other newly found sister, Patricia, didn't want to have anything with them.
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