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  • A secret hidden, a wasted life

    Wow is all I can say. This book is a tearjerker for sure. To know that it is based on a true story is even more heartbreaking. I even had to put it down a couple of times and come back to it. How can this ever happen to anyone? How could parents do this to their child? Nora is a good child. She gets good grades in school, she minds her parents, and she sings in the church choir and plays the piano. All is happy and well in her family. She grows up with her cousin Robert. One day, one time only, they make love and she becomes pregnant. When her parents find out she is beaten by her father and with the advice of the priest she is sent to a mental institution for being defective. This is the story of the over 40 years she spent there, her life, her lost dreams, the treatment and her finally giving up and becoming institutionalized. It is the story of the Doctor Janet that came to work there and brought back the spark of life to Nora. After 40 some years in the institution Nora’s remarkable progress and her healing. It is also the story of the Doctor Janet that has some healing of her own to do. Estranged from her parents and also her husband she must deal with the problems that caused the breakup of her marriage. She works intensely with Nora because at the same age she became pregnant and married her husband. She feels that for the grace of God she could have been in Nora’s shoes. Working with Nora helps her heal herself. This is a beautiful story of healing, even though it is a traumatic story of the injustice done to a young woman just beginning her life. The story is beautifully written, the characters and wonderful, believable, and pertinent to the story. I would recommend this book. Thanks to Brenda Davies, Hodder and Stoughton, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy for an honest review.

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  • the girl behind the gstes

    Excelent book how people suffered for such minor things i cried for them all thank you for telling nora's story

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  • The girl behind the gate

    One of the best books I read in a long time. Truly heartbreaking and yet uplifting at the same time.

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  • The Girl Behind the Gates

    This was a remarkable read. Nora was such a strong women. She was dealt a terrable life. But through it all became a chamion. This book was told with truth and dignity.

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  • Excellent

    The first part was upsetting to read. Learning of the approach in 1939 of residential care was alarming and dismal. The twists in the story were entertaining and the lifting of gloom was a welcomed development concluding with 'we did it!

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