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    1934 Birth Certificate reads: Baby Boy. Father:unknown, Mother:unknown, Place of Birth: unknown. But all unknowns have something you can count on...Someone knows something. Ann Bennett recreates the darker side of Orphanages in the 1900's with this obsessively compelling Historical Fiction story. Told with three distinct voices in dual timelines, we are drawn into England and British ruled India of the 1930's. Sumptuous descriptions of India and the cruel men who rule supreme, we meet "Anne", insecure and naive, she hungers for a love that should be hers. Present time we meet "Sarah", moved back home to her dad's while she contemplates her pathetic marriage. Present time we also meet "Connie", hiding away in a nursing home with her sewing box of secrets. These three women come together in ways that are at once tragic and sadly regrettable. The Orphan House is a haunted read of past regrets and silences that need a voice. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and the author Ms. Ann Bennett for the opportunity to read this Advanced Readers Copy of "The Orphan House". The opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.
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    The Orphan House

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book, a few twists and turns and sadness. Keeps you enthralled to the end
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    A Mother Found

    This book was fascinating in its vivid description of the village in India, the many sites such as the bazaar, the Baptist church, and the Castle. It was also quite descriptive of the English village where sat Cedar Hall and where the orphanage once stood. It is a story of a mother's heartbreak, a child lost and finally the love between a daughter and her father. There was a lot going on and it kept the pages turning. I loved the characters, Connie, Sarah, and Anna. The story is rather sad, the ending happy and with a twist toward the end involving Connie. Sara's father's search for his birth mom, and Connie's secret she was finally able to let go of. The story of Anna was very sad. The story was well written, the book kept my interest to the end, and I would definitely recommend it. Thanks to Ann Bennett, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review an advance copy of the book.
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    Great read!

    I absolutely loved this book and I had a hard time putting it down. Sarah and her husband Alex split up and Sarah returns to her father's home to begin divorce proceedings. Her father is having health problems and would like to know who his real mother is, so he moved near the orphanage that he was in before he was adopted. The orphanage has been torn down and homes built but the house that belonged to it is on the market now - a big 3-story home in need of a lot of TLC. Sarah falls in love with it and buys it. While beginning renovations, she starts to uncover secrets of the orphanage, secrets of who her father's mother was and secrets of the Reverend Burroughs, Headmaster, as well as his two daughters, Constance and Evie, who lived in the house until just recently. This book is told from different POVs and time periods but everything is neatly wrapped up in the end. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this very fascinating book in exchange for an honest review, I would give this book more than 5 stars if I could.
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    Three stories intertwined into one

    Thank you to Netgalley for a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Three women finding their strength in three different time periods but all intertwined. Some fantastic writing to take us on this journey from England to India and back again! I normally can’t stand books that jump from place and time but it was done so seamlessly that I barely noticed. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened to each character and where their stories would lead us! A story of loss, love and finding ones place in this crazy mixed up world; I was sad that it was over when I flipped the last page and was left wanting more!

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