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Queenie Bonner is only two when she is taken from her large family in the slums to a big house in the country. Frightened and confused, she yearns for her nine brothers and sisters, especially her favourite brother, Harry. Albert and Mary Warrender rename her Eleanor, bringing her up as their own, and as time passes, Ellie forgets about her other family.

But 15 years later, when Mary dies, Albert tells her the truth about her background, and she is determined to trace her forgotten family. The search holds pleasure, distress, and even danger as she traces her eight siblings, but one remains missing: Harry. And she knows she will never rest until he is found.

©2006 Beryl Matthews (P)2008 Soundings

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"Beryl Matthews grabs and holds the attention of the reader from the very first page" ( Billy Hopkins)

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  • Mouse2560
  • 12-03-16

Forgotten Family

Thoroughly enjoyed this story, loved the characters and it was made even better by Annie Aldingtion narration.

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  • Christine Covey
  • 06-13-15

Fantastic!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The only way to describe it is a FANTASTIC book and I would recommend it to anyone! Lovely storyline, lovely characters, I was able to let my imagination paint such wonderful pictures, also great narration by Annie Aldington as usual, and all round fab read/listen!. Very easy to follow! Only problem is that I didn't want to stop listening to it.. :)

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  • MRS
  • 10-05-18

WONDERFUL JUST WONDERFUL

I apsalutely love Annie Allington narrating and search for books accordingly.
This is the first book I have listened to by Beryl Matthews and it was excellent.
A really nice story which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The story is a delight and you will not be disappointed.

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  • rosie
  • 08-16-18

interesting!

makes you think how did people cope in those days just don't know war and poverty!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-15-18

Excellent

A lovely relaxing story and read by the brilliant Annie . what more could one want!

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  • Judy Lovelock
  • 09-22-17

Stupendous

What a truly wonderful story, again I am amazed at the splendid work of the author and narrator , well worth a listen

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  • Jennifer
  • 07-31-08

The Forgotten Family by Beryl Matthews

A fairly predictable plot. An uncomplicated writing style. A single story that unfolds chronologically; no intertwining of plots so very easy to follow. It must be difficult to perfect a child's voice when reading so I wouldn't criticise this reader's interpretation! Some glimpses of the blindingly obvious such as '3 of her siblings were girls; the rest were boys' ........ well what else would they be? But I enjoyed this effortless listen as I travelled to work on the bus and did jobs around the house and garden and will read more by Beryl Mattthews.

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  • Debbie
  • 04-17-17

Not bad

This book was good but very predictable. An interesting setting and characters made it enjoyable.

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  • Monica
  • 03-16-17

Boring

This book could have been great. Unfortunately it was predictable and clichè and the characters had no depth so became boring.