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    Historical fiction and its best!

    This is a beautifully written heartbreaking story of two sisters, Dorothy 8 and Esther "Etty" 4, who were left by their mother at an orphanage, Blakely Hall, in November 1929. They did not know why they were being left there but they kept hoping their mother would come back; however, she never did. Dorothy was the first to leave and go to work for a local family when she reached a certain age. When Etty was old enough to leave, she was allowed to go and live with Dorothy who had a job and a flat by that time. Dorothy meets, falls in love and marries Lawrence "Laurie" Calvert. He is sent off to war in the Navy as a signalman in a submarine. Etty meets Trevor Milne and begins dating him but then she meets Billy Buckley who is dating her friend May and falls in love with him. Lots of unforgettable, heartbreaking things happen in this story that will definitely tug at your heartstrings. This story is about family, heartbreaking events and forgiveness. I absolutely loved this superb page turner. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this outstanding book in exchange for an honest review.
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    Nice story

    Thanks so much for story.... I love you so apps. Thanks for lot
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    The Orphan Sisters

    A good story with a lot of heartache for the 2 sisters. Wonderful how they were able to overcome the orphanage and carry on with their lives.
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    Lost Love.

    Two sister's alone in the world. This heartwarming story was a book you couldn't put down. A must read. Love, tragedy, a new life. I would recommend this book to females everywhere.
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    A history lesson you can't put down!

    The Orphan Sisters is a debut novel but only in name. Shirley Dickson brings us a well versed, concise story that covers the very interesting lives of two sisters. Dorothy is 11 and Esther - Ettie by preference - is but 3 when the girls are placed in the Blakely Hall Orphanage in Westoe Village, Shields England by their mother in November 1929. Dorothy is calm mannered and sedate. Ettie is a fireball. And life at Blakely Hall is asture, with strict rules, little to eat and chores that keep the children busy all day. But despite the fact that their mother promised to return for them, Dorothy is released into service at age 15 on November 1937, and Ettie to Dorothy's care shortly after her marriage to sweet Laurie in February 1940. The girls are together again. In spite of the war, they are happy. Dorothy is madly in love with her Navy husband, and Ettie is pleased with her job and thrilled to finally be out from under the thumb of the wicked headmistress at the orphanage. Life in Shields is covered picturesquely both before and during the war. The dates, the movies, the clothes are exquisite. Both girls have fine friends and Ettie has a fellow. Shields is often bombed and life is pretty uncertain but you find happy when you look for it, regardless. And wildly exciting at times, as well. This is an excellent peek into the minds and souls of women in wartime. It is a wonderful slice of life in England in World War II. It is a novel I can happily refer to friends and family, and one I will want to read again at leisure. I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, Shirley Dickson, and Book Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.
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