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The heartbreaking and gripping journey of an Irish orphan.  

Ireland, 1901: The workhouse gates clanged shut behind us, as me and the mammy walked down the hill towards the town. I was six years old and leaving the only home I had ever known....  

When Cissy Ryan’s real mother comes to claim her from the workhouse, it’s not how she imagined. Her family’s tumbledown cottage has ice on the inside of its windows and is in an isolated, poverty-stricken village in the muddy Irish countryside. But when Cissy is allowed to help neighbour Colm Doyle and his horse named Blue on their milk round one morning, Cissy starts to feel as though friendship could get her through anything.  

It’s Colm who looks in on Cissy’s grandfather when she starts at the village school and Colm who tells her to hold her chin high when she interviews for a position at the grand Bretton House. 

But in the vast mansion with its shining floors and sweeping staircase, it’s Master Peter Bretton who captures Cissy’s heart with his dark curls and easy laugh.  

As Cissy blossoms from a skinny orphan into a confident young girl, Colm tells her she’s as good as anyone, and she begins to believe anything is possible. But not everyone with a kind smile has a kind heart, and Cissy doesn’t know that further sorrow lies in store for her.  

When Cissy finds herself desperate, alone and faced with a devastating choice, can she find the strength to survive?

©2018 Sandy Taylor (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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The Little Orphan Girl

I loved this wonderful story - a precious & truly heartwarming book. Sandy Taylor creates wonderful characters, most to be loved and some to be hated. I am so glad that I had found this author and this is the second book I’ve read by her. I see that she has a few more books and I am looking forward to reading them as well.

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Beautiful heart breaking story.

Such a wonderful story and of course a fabulous narrator! I was so sad to hear the name of Mary’s ship as she sailed away to America. There were times when I wanted to shout at Cissy to wake up and see what was happening right under her! I was truly immersed in the story and now will listen to the sequel! Do listen to this one. You will love it. I found it as I was searching for more by the narrator. Aoife MacMahon is amazing!!

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Lovely story

I am not a english native speaker so its a bit difficult to understand the heavy ireland accent at the beginning...i had to really focus lol. Which is a good thing because i was captured by the story very soon and the accent doesnt matter later on.

Each main character had their own personality, i love them all. The story runs smoothly and emotional. i hardly realize its almost 8 hrs when it ended..i will definitly read more book from this author. Thank you for the heartwarming storu.

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Saccharine sweet to the point of unbelievable.

Characters lacked depth and it was all too tidy. Like a sweet fairytale, or rewriting of history as it could have been if people were kind, innocent, abiding, supportive, forgiving, and innocent.

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Very enjoyable!

Sweet refreshing story, delightful characters that came alive with Aoife McMahon’s brilliant narration. Of late, with all that’s happening in the world, I have wanted gentle interesting stories and this was just perfect.

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Amazing!

This may just be my second favorite book of all time! I loved it altogether! Narrator wonderful, too!

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SUPER CUTE

Love the narrator accent and the story its really easy to follow and will hold your interest.

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  • 04-01-19

Gripping story

This is the first sandy Taylor book I have listened to and it won’t be the last. Wonderful storyline which kept me hooked from start to finish.

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  • Patrick Dee
  • 10-13-20

What a wonderful book

I just adore pre war Irish stories of the hard times in life , this book was just so wonderful , I’ll be checking out the rest of this authors books , also have to congratulate the narrater , she made this book just like music makes a movie , loved every minute , thank you

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  • Samantha Smith
  • 06-16-20

Lovely story.

I really enjoyed this book, after reading the Brighton girls trilogy, I wasn’t disappointed or at all surprised by Sandy Taylor’s ability to enthral me with this lovely story too.
Aoife Mcmahon was a wonderful narration choice for this story, I recommend this book highly.

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  • Country lass
  • 01-28-20

good listen

I enjoyed this book set in Ireland about a young girl's life worth a read/listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-21

Heartwarming

Loved the story, my first Sandy Taylor book but really only picked because of Aoife McMahon.
Absolutely love Her as a narrator
she captures the character and makes you feel like you know them.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-30-20

Refreshing change

I’ve listened to lots of stories involving orphans and catholic nuns and the nuns are always portrayed as evil nasty women who treat the unweeded mothers poorly. It was refreshing to listen to a story where the nuns were kind and caring. A lovely story, I will definitely read the sequel. My favourite part is the beginning where Cissy’s relationship with the granddaddy develops. This book is worth a listen and to top it off, my favourite narrator never fails to impress.