Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage.
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.
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"Thought provoking and heartfelt but riveting easy listen. 17 hrs felt like 4 !"
Just love Anne Dover narrating. I'm a sucker for a nostalgic by- gone - year tale. Within an entertaining, sad family drama spanning approx 3 decades comes tragedy, loss, hope and enduring love. Taking place post WWII some of the events in this book are based around truth and history is described through a riveting story.
"A Gripping Book"
No. The story is unforgettable so I would not want to listen again but I would listen to any other book written by this author.
There are so many. I'm a happy ever after kind of lady so enjoyed Gran reading the letter from a grown up Rita.
Difficult to say. All the characters were performed really well. If I had to choose just one then it would be Daisy.
How can children be treated so cruelly.
I was rivetted by this book which spanned the same years as my own childhood.
"A real tearjerker!"
I loved this right from beginning to end with a few tears along the way. So beautifully written I felt like I was really part of it.
"An emotional rollercoaster brilliant"
Hooked from the first page to the last lots of twists and turns amazing story
"thoroughly great listen"
Not what I expected but thoroughly enjoyed. Despite the sadness that this story evokes.. I could not put it down. I found it very easy to follow the characters on their journey and did not want the book to end.
"The throwaway children"
Thought it was brilliant and well executed and true to the story of the poor children of the time
Loved this book from start to finish. Brought me to tears,great listen, lovely story. fab.
A very well-researched book. A brilliant plot, well-drawn engaging characters.
It's a sobering thought that all the events in this story are taken from real life, and Diney spares us nothing in her unflinching descriptions.
The book could have been shorter without sacrificing the impact, and the characters more nuanced.
But I loved it!
Thank you Diney Costeloe for education and entertainment!
"A wonderful novel, beautifully narrated."
I enjoyed this book so much that I just could not stop reading and listening, even though I did not want it to end. I felt totally immersed in the lives of the characters, brought even more vividly to life by the excellent voices of the narrator. The harrowing parts are so powerfully and accurately depicted, but these moments are counterbalanced with heartwarming moments of love and hope. I loved all the twists and turns in the story. There were plenty of surprises and I enjoyed the moments of conjecture, when little clues hinted at what was to come.
I absolutely loved this book. I laughed, I cried and I gasped in amazement, totally transported by this amazing story.
"Gripping from start to finish"
A heartbreaking story written and narrated beautifully. I can't remember the last time I cried this much during a story or being moved to the point of shouting at my device, at a couple of points I had to stop listening, reluctant to hear what happens next.
I would absolutely recommend this story but would advise you to have a tissue handy.
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