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    Mother's Secret Past

    This book captured my attention from the first and held it until the end. It brought tears to my eyes at times and smiles to my face at other's . It was truly a great read. Laura and Helen's mother Daisy has a stroke and they have to take her to a nursing home. They are clearing out her house to sell it when they discover some letters and a key which leads to a journal telling the story of Daisy's life during the war. Daisy had never talked about her past and now she cannot. Her Journal tells the story. The story is of young evacuee's from London during the bombing. They often evacuated young children to the country to stay with other's for safety. Sometimes the homes were not so safe. This is the story of some evacuees and orphans that were in a place that was cruel, and heartbreaking. It is a story of their survival in a hostile environment. A story of young children being starved and whipped and worked like dogs by a cruel farmer. The system failed them, their attempts at escape failed and some perished. It is not the first I have read about orphans or evacuees during the war being mistreated, but it is one of the most horrific. Many children were helped by this system, but there were those that were sent into horrible places with no escape. Although this is fiction the subject of which it speaks truly did exist. The love of the sisters Daisy and Peggy was heartwarming as was that of John and Daisy. They has so much courage for such young people. I still have tears writing this review. I would definitely recommend this book. Thanks to Ann Bennett, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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