Gritty, heartrending and unputdownable – the story of two sisters sent first to an English, then an Australian orphanage in the aftermath of World War 2.
Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully called Jimmy Randall and has a baby boy by him. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage – not knowing that the papers she has signed will entitle them to do what they like with the children.
And it is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them – without their family’s consent or knowledge – are Rita and Rosie, the throwaway children.
Out May 2016
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
I feel that this is such a perfect book for people who are really aware of events surrounding WWII. I also think it will be harder for a younger generation to fully appreciate the content and this is why they need to read books like this one and research, research, research.
Such a beautiful story, not necessarily due to the subject matter but with how it was portrayed. You will feel a whole range of emotions by the time you’re finished and I recommend that you have a box of tissues handy.
This is a book about family, struggles and hard decisions. It’s about survival and holding onto hope.
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