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|Author||: J L Witterick|
|Editor||: Penguin Canada|
Inspired by a true story, My Mother’s Secret is a profound, captivating, and ultimately uplifting tale intertwining the lives of two Jewish families in hiding from the Nazis, a fleeing German soldier, and the mother and daughter who team up to save them. Franciszka and her daughter, Helena, are unlikely heroines. They are simple people who mind their own business and don’t stand out from the crowd … until 1939, when crisis strikes. The Nazis invade Poland and start to persecute the Jews. Providing shelter to Jews has become a death sentence, and yet Franciszka and Helena do exactly that. In their tiny two-room house in Sokal, they cleverly hide a Jewish family in a loft above their pigsty, a Jewish doctor with his wife and son in a makeshift cellar under the kitchen floorboards, and a defecting German soldier in the attic—each party completely unknown to the others. For everyone to survive, Franciszka will have to outsmart her neighbors and the German commander.
|Author||: J.L. Witterick|
Inspired by a true story, My Mother’s Secret is a captivating and ultimately uplifting tale intertwining the lives of two Jewish families in hiding from the Nazis, a fleeing German soldier, and the mother and daughter who save them all. Franciszka and her daughter, Helena, are simple, ordinary people...until 1939, when the Nazis invade their homeland. Providing shelter to Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland is a death sentence, but Franciszka and Helena do exactly that. In their tiny home in Sokal, they hide a Jewish family in a loft above their pigsty, a Jewish doctor with his wife and son in a makeshift cellar under the kitchen, and a defecting German soldier in the attic—each party completely unknown to the others. For everyone to survive, Franciszka will have to outsmart her neighbors and the German commander. Told simply and succinctly from four different perspectives—all under one roof—My Mother’s Secret is a testament to the kindness, courage, and generosity of ordinary people who chose to be extraordinary.
|Author||: J. L. Witterick|
"A novel based on a true story [in which] a mother and daughter risk their lives to provide shelter to two families and a German soldier--all unbeknownst to each other--in a tiny two-room house in Sokal, Poland, during the Nazi invasion"--Amazon.com.
|Author||: Julia Roberts|
‘My first read of 2021 to reduce me to tears... the definition of a page-turner and a tear-jerker. I didn’t want to stop reading... I loved every word.’ The Book Lover’s Boudoir, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘They told me he died, but I never believed them. I’d have known,’ she says, her voice little more than a whisper and her eyes searching mine. ‘A mother would know if her child died, wouldn’t she?’ Danni has never had an easy relationship with her mother, Diana. But when Diana is diagnosed with a serious illness, everything changes. As some of Diana’s memories slip away, others force their way to the surface. One night she breaks down and reveals that before Danni was born, she had another baby who never got to see the world. Now married, with a loving husband and two beautiful daughters of her own, Danni has put her childhood behind her. But she has always wondered what caused her mother’s coldness. Could this be why? Danni can’t tell whether Diana’s story is a symptom of her confusion, or something real. She decides to find out, hoping to bring her mother some peace. Yet as Danni investigates the past, tracking down the aunt she’s never met to learn what lies in her mother’s past, her good intentions have unexpected consequences. As more truths emerge, a shocking revelation could turn her life upside down. Will Danni’s quest heal her pain, or are some secrets best left buried? A completely heartbreaking and compelling story of families, secrets, and the fierce love between mothers and children. Fans of Amanda Prowse, Ali Mercer and Jodi Picoult will smile through their tears. See what readers are saying about My Mother’s Secret: ‘Wow!… one of the saddest and most heart-breaking reads I've encountered… My gosh! This book should really come with a box of tissues because believe me, you are going to need them!... I found myself turning the pages with such a speed of “just one more chapter” until the very end. I cannot tell you how much I loved this book.’ Confessions of a Bookaholic, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Beautiful and heart-rending… I was enthralled by it from start to finish… you will smile through your tears… A really beautiful, engrossing and captivating read, I was sorry when it finished.’ Sibzz Reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I picked this book up at 3pm, and less than 8 hours later, despite having to navigate tea and bedtime for the kids and logging back on to work, I had finished it… addictive, gripping and emotional’ @iheartbooks1991 ‘Another amazing 5-star read and another used up packet of those handy little tissues, or is it two? – Who knows how many tears this one has made me shed!... an author who held me captive in the palm of her hand all the time I was reading… took me on quite a personal journey on, oh! so many fronts’ Fiction Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Truly emotional… Will make your heart break… There were definite tears leaking’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I’ll get straight to the point. This book broke me. It left me an emotional, vulnerable shell of a person… It takes a lot to melt my exterior, but by golly My Mother’s Secret turned me into a puddle.’ The Writing Garnet ‘Had me flipping over the pages at speed… Make sure you have tissues at hand… A tearjerker of a read!’ Carla Kovach, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Such an emotional experience… Its conclusion made me cry and smile – in fact, I was a bit of a soggy mess a few times as I was reading… I really loved it.’ Being Anne ‘A very emotional story… I love the book and kudos to the author for that one revelation that made my jaw drop to the floor.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
|Author||: Sheila O'Flanagan|
Sheila O'Flanagan's MY MOTHER'S SECRET is a thought-provoking and unputdownable novel about a family reeling from the news that nothing about their parents' marriage is what they believed it to be. A wonderful read perfect for fans of Veronica Henry and Lisa Jewell. When Steffie helps her two siblings organize a surprise wedding anniversary party for their parents her only worry is whether they'll be pleased. What she doesn't know is this is the day that her whole world will be turned upside down. Jenny wants to be able to celebrate her ruby anniversary with the man she loves, but for forty years she has kept a secret. A secret that she can't bear to hide any longer. But is it ever the right time to hurt the people closest to you? As the entire family gather to toast the happy couple, they're expecting a day to remember. The trouble is, it's not going to be for the reasons they imagined... What readers are saying about My Mother's Secret: 'A novel with humour and heartache and a believable ending. Heart-warming, entertaining and very enjoyable' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'Sheila O'Flanagan always seems to create a cast of characters that you can identify with and care about. My Mother's Secret is no exception. I found myself instantly connecting with them' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'A great book in true Sheila O'Flanagan style. The characters are all great warm-hearted Irish folk and there are many laughs and twists and turns along the way' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
|Author||: Beezy Marsh|
|Editor||: Pan Macmillan|
From the grimy streets of Acton and Notting Hill to the bright lights of the West End, Beezy Marsh's All My Mother’s Secrets is a powerful, uplifting story of a young woman’s struggle to come to terms with her family’s tragic past. Annie Austin’s childhood ends at the age of twelve, when she joins her mother in one of the slum laundries of Acton, working long hours for little pay. What spare time she has is spent looking after her younger brother George and her two stepsisters, under the glowering eye of her stepfather Bill. In London between the wars, a girl like Annie has few choices in life – but a powerful secret will change her destiny. All Annie knows about her real father is that he died in the Great War, and as the years pass she is haunted by the pain of losing him. Her downtrodden mother won’t tell her more and Annie’s attempts to uncover the truth threaten to destroy her family. Distraught, she runs away to Covent Garden, but can she survive on her own and find the love which has eluded her so far? 'Beautifully-penned story on the harshness of life and how hope survives.' – The Sun
|Author||: Natasha Lester|
|Editor||: Hachette Australia|
A sweeping story of love and ambition from England to the Manhattan of the 1920s and 1940s by the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress 1918, England. Armistice Day should bring peace into Leonora's life. Rather than secretly making cosmetics in her father's chemist shop to sell to army nurses such as Joan, her adventurous Australian friend, Leo hopes to now display her wares openly. Instead, Spanish flu arrives in the village, claiming her father's life. Determined to start over, she boards a ship to New York City. On the way she meets debonair department store heir Everett Forsyth . . . In Manhattan, Leo works hard to make her cosmetics dream come true, but she's a woman alone with a small salary and a society that deems make-up scandalous. 1939, New York City. Everett's daughter, Alice, a promising ballerina, receives a mysterious letter inviting her to star in a series of advertisements for a cosmetics line. If she accepts she will be immortalized like dancers such as Zelda Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker and Ginger Rogers. Why, then, are her parents so quick to forbid it? Her Mother's Secret is the story of a brave young woman chasing a dream in the face of society's disapproval. '[Lester's] engaging writing style and ability to create characters that connect with readers make her a welcome addition to the historical fiction market.' Herald Sun 'Had me at page one. This book should come with a 'Do Not Disturb' sign' VANESSA CARNEVALE 'Lester's storytelling is truly captivating; her voice an essential addition to Australian fiction' AUSROM TODAY 'utterly compelling' Good Reading 'A delightful and multi-faceted romp through the jazz era ... Her Mother's Secret is a sweeping historical saga about an inspiring woman tackling society's expectations head on, war paint and all' NATALIE SALVO Praise for A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald 'A glamorous, transporting read.' Woman's Weekly 'Loving A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald - it's wonderful!" KATE FORSYTH 'I love this book' RACHAEL JOHNS 'Stunning. Will have you captivated' LIZ BYRSKI 'If you're mad about the roaring twenties and all things Gatsby, this romance will have you enchanted' Woman's Day 'At the novel's heart is the sparkling Evie, an endearing combination of intelligence, determination and naivety' West Australian 'Wonderful. I love this author. You will not be disappointed' SALLY HEPWORTH
|Author||: Adrienne Brodeur|
|Editor||: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
A NATIONAL BESTSELLER “Exquisite and harrowing.” —New York Times Book Review “This electrifying, gorgeously written memoir will hold you captive until the last word.” —People NAMED A BEST FALL BOOK BY People * Refinery29 * Entertainment Weekly * BuzzFeed * NPR’s On Point * Town & Country * Real Simple * New York Post * Palm Beach Post * Toronto Star * Orange Country Register * Bustle * Bookish * BookPage * Kirkus* BBC Culture* Debutiful A daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity. On a hot July night on Cape Cod when Adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come: Ben Souther just kissed me. Adrienne instantly became her mother’s confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention, and from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband’s closest friend. The affair would have calamitous consequences for everyone involved, impacting Adrienne’s life in profound ways, driving her into a precarious marriage of her own, and then into a deep depression. Only years later will she find the strength to embrace her life—and her mother—on her own terms. Wild Game is a brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make. It’s a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.
|Author||: Sanjida Kay|
|Editor||: Atlantic Books (UK)|
Lizzie Bradshaw: a student from the Lake District, forced to work away from home, witnesses a terrible crime. But who will ultimately pay the price? Emma Taylor: a mother, a wife, and a woman with a dangerous secret. Can she keep her beloved family safely together? Stella Taylor: a disaffected teenager, determined to discover what her mother is hiding. But how far will she go to uncover the truth? And one man, powerful, manipulative, and cunning, who controls all their destinies.
|Author||: J. L. Witterick|
Bruce Meyer is sent back in time to prevent the Third World War. He does not know that he will find the love of his life in the past. Can he give her up to save the world? It Was Always Her is a gripping tale about love, sacrifice, and the impossible choices faced by a man given a second chance. This story will take you on a captivating journey which will leave you asking, “What do I value most in my life?” “Our lives are spent building castles in the sand. Large or small, grandiose or simple, it is inconsequential—all washed away when the tide comes in. Nothing lasts. Nothing endures. To love and be loved, it is the only thing that is real...the only thing that matters to me now.”
|Author||: Rosanna Ley|
|Editor||: Hachette UK|
'A beautifully written story of loss and love, Her Mother's Secret is Rosanna Ley at her best' My Weekly Escape to the heart of enchanting Brittany with the bestselling author of The Villa and The Little Theatre by the Sea. The perfect treat for fans of Santa Montefiore and Veronica Henry. For many years Colette has avoided returning to her homeland - the magical island of Belle-Île-en-Mer in Southern Brittany - afraid to confront the painful memories she left behind. She is living on the Cornish coast when she hears about her mother Thea's failing health and realises that the time has come for her to go home. But can Colette ever forgive Thea for what she has done? Despite Colette's wariness, romantic Belle-Île still fascinates her. She takes on the running of her mother's flower shop and makes friends with Élodie from the Old Lighthouse where Thea once worked as a nanny and with the enigmatic Étienne who shares Colette's mixed feelings about the island. As Thea opens up to her for the first time, Colette finds herself softening and being drawn back into the landscape of her past. But can Belle-Île also be a part of her future? The ghosts of that past still linger. What happened all those years ago and how did it cause the rift between mother and daughter? It becomes clear that the beauty of Belle-Île hides a devastating family secret - one that Colette is determined to unravel at any cost.
|Author||: Kath Hardy|
|Editor||: Hodder & Stoughton|
Kath grew up on a vast council estate in the 1950s, the second youngest of ten children. The two most important people in young Kath's life were her charismatic but manipulative mother Flo and her mother's sister Aunty. But Flo and Aunty were keeping secrets, a tapestry of lies that cast a harrowing shadow over the children's lives. Many years later Kath's mother died and while sorting through Flo's things, Kath discovered a bundle of secret letters that sent her on a journey to finally unravel the truth... Inspirational and moving, this is the story of a women brave enough to confront her past, and strong enough to let love not bitterness define her.
|Author||: Kitty Neale|
The heartwrenching new novel from bestselling author Kitty Neale Can she put right the secrets of the past? London, 1939. Winnie Berry has been the landlady of the Battersea Tavern for nearly twenty-five years, and the pub is like home to her - a place of tears and laughter, full of customers that feel like family. A place where she's learned to avoid the quick fists of her husband, and where she's raised her beloved son, David. He's inherited his father's lazy streak and can't seem to hold down a job, but when war is declared Winnie is determined to keep her son safe. She's still haunted by the choice she made years ago as a desperate young woman, and she won't make the same mistake of letting her family be taken from her... But when a young woman crosses her path, the secrets of Winnie's past threaten to turn her world upside down. There's nothing stronger than a mother's love - but can it ever have a second chance? The first book in The Battersea Tavern series
|Author||: Justine Cowan|
“Far from growing up in the wealthy, fox-hunting circles she had always suggested, her mother had in fact been raised in a foundling hospital for the children of unwed women.” — Editor’s Choice, The New York Times Book Review “Extraordinary … fascinating, moving.” —The Telegraph “This emotional and transatlantic journey is a page-turner.” — Editor’s Pick, Amazon Book Review “Book groups will find as much to discuss here as they have with The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, and Educated by Tara Westover.” — BookList Recommended by The New York Times, The Saturday Evening Post, Amazon Book Review, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus and more, Justine Cowan’s remarkable true story of how she uncovered her mother’s upbringing as a foundling at London’s Hospital for the Maintenance and Education of Exposed and Deserted Young Children has received acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. In the U.K., it has been featured in The Mail on Sunday, The Daily Mail, The Daily Mirror and The Spectator. The Telegraph calls it “extraordinary and Glamour magazine chose it as the best new book based on real life. The story begins when Justine found her often volatile mother in an unlit room writing a name over and over again, one that she had never heard before and would not hear again for many years – Dorothy Soames. Thirty years later, overcome with grief following her mother’s death, Justine found herself drawn back to the past, uncovering a mystery that stretched back to the early years of World War II and beyond, into the dark corridors of the Hospital for the Maintenance and Education of Exposed and Deserted Young Children. Established in the eighteenth century to raise “bastard” children to clean chamber pots for England’s ruling class, the institution was tied to some of history’s most influential figures and events. From its role in the development of solitary confinement and human medical experimentation to the creation of the British Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts, its impact on Western culture continues to reverberate. It is the reason we read Dickens’ Oliver Twist and enjoy Handel’s Messiah each Christmas. It was also the environment that shaped a young girl known as Dorothy Soames, who bravely withstood years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of a sadistic headmistress—a resilient child whose only hope would be a daring escape as German bombers rained death from the skies. Heartbreaking, surprising, and unforgettable, The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames is the true story of one woman’s quest to understand the secrets that had poisoned her mother’s mind, and her startling discovery that her family’s fate had been sealed centuries before.
|Author||: Donna Wright|
A death of a parent is traumatic. One grieving child found a way to feel better. There are only a few ways to handle the death of a loved one. We can be angry, or we can find a way to accept it and move on. This book follows one boy's path to believe a "secret" to help accept his father's death and understand that his dad is still with him. It's a heartwarming story that will make you think about your deceased loved ones and how to believe in the "signs" they send you. This is one inspirational lesson no reader will ever forget.
|Author||: Dilly Court|
|Editor||: Random House|
When seventeen-year-old Belinda Phillips falls in love with a handsome Anglo-Indian officer, she knows that he is a man she can never hope to marry. When he is reported missing, believed killed in action, Belinda discovers that she is pregnant. Facing disgrace and ruin, she has no option other than to accept an arranged marriage with a middle-aged widower, knowing she must keep the secret of her child's birth for ever. Reluctantly she sends her beloved daughter to a foster mother in Cripplegate, little realising she has entrusted Cassy's care to Biddy Henchard, a woman who runs a notorious baby farm in an area full of poverty and disease. Despite her terrible upbringing, Cassy survives the old woman's cruel neglect. All the while she dreams of a mother she has never known, hoping she will come and save her from her dreadful fate. But when Biddy dies suddenly, ten-year-old Cassy finds herself destitute and with little hope of ever finding the mother she so longs for...
|Author||: Tess Stimson|
|Editor||: Avon Books|
'Dark. Twisty. Addictive. I couldn't put it down' LISA JEWELL She loves her family. She'd never let anything happen to them . . . Would she? On the outside, Maddie is a happy young mother with a new baby. But on the inside, she's afraid. Afraid that her marriage to Lucas isn't what she thought. Afraid that she's having mysterious blackouts where her memories should be. But how can she ask for help when something terrible is done to her family? Who can she turn to, who can she trust? And how does she know it wasn't her? Full of twists and turns, this is perfect for fans of I Invited Her In and The Mother-in-Law. 'More chilling than Gone Girl and twistier than The Girl on the Train, this emotional, raw, dark family drama keeps you guessing until the end' JANE GREEN, author of The Friends We Keep 'Truly gripping: the opening is heart-breaking and it never lets up, all the way to a genuinely shocking denouement' ALEX LAKE, author of Seven Days Join the readers already obsessed with A Mother's Secret: 'A cross between Jodi Picoult and Gillian Flynn' Netgalley Reviewer 'An edge-of-your-seat-wondering-what-is-going-on great thriller!' Netgalley Reviewer 'Engrossing, thrilling, never guess the ending' Netgalley Reviewer 'Would I recommend it? . . . Oh yes, 100%' Netgalley Reviewer 'A gripping, intelligent plot; realistic and well-drawn characters; a difficult subject tackled extremely well' Netgalley Reviewer 'Wow, what a great read! Very well written, it goes between past and present of the characters but this flows so easy throughout the book, lots of twists to keep you page turning! A must read for all psychological thriller fans!' Netgalley Reviewer 'WOW! I could not put this down. The writing is superb. There was nothing I didn't enjoy' Netgalley Reviewer
|Author||: Ilana Masad|
One of . . . Electric Literature’s "Most Anticipated Debuts of Early 2020" • O, The Oprah Magazine’s "31 LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020" • Publishers Weekly’s "Spring 2020 Literary Fiction Announcements" • BuzzFeed's "Most Highly Anticipated Books of 2020" • The Millions's "Most Anticipated: The Great First-Half 2020 Book Preview" • The Rumpus's "What to Read When 2020 Is Just Around the Corner" • LGBTQ Reads's "2020 LGBTQAP Adult Fiction Preview: January-June" • Lit Hub’s "Most Anticipated Books of 2020" • BookRiot’s "Must-Read Debut Novels of 2020" • Bitch’s "27 Novels Feminists Should Read in 2020" • Harper’s Bazaar's "14 LGBTQ+ Books to Look For in 2020" • NewNowNext’s "11 Queer Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Spring" • Cosmopolitan's "12 Books You'll Be Dying to Read This Summer" • Salon’s "The Best and Boldest New Must-Read Books for May" • Lambda Literary’s “Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of May 2020” • The Rumpus's "What to Read When You Want to Celebrate Mothers" "A queer tour-de-force . . . Compelling and astonishing."–Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things Intimacy has always eluded twenty-seven-year-old Maggie Krause—despite being brought up by married parents, models of domestic bliss—until, that is, Lucia came into her life. But when Maggie’s mom, Iris, dies in a car crash, Maggie returns home only to discover a withdrawn dad, an angry brother, and, along with Iris's will, five sealed envelopes, each addressed to a mysterious man she’s never heard of. In an effort to run from her own grief and discover the truth about Iris—who made no secret of her discomfort with her daughter's sexuality—Maggie embarks on a road trip, determined to hand-deliver the letters and find out what these men meant to her mother. Maggie quickly discovers Iris’s second, hidden life, which shatters everything Maggie thought she knew about her parents’ perfect relationship. What is she supposed to tell her father and brother? And how can she deal with her own relationship when her whole world is in freefall? Told over the course of a funeral and shiva, and written with enormous wit and warmth, All My Mother's Lovers is the exciting debut novel from fiction writer and book critic Ilana Masad. A unique meditation on the universality and particularity of family ties and grief, and a tender and biting portrait of sex, gender, and identity, All My Mother's Lovers challenges us to question the nature of fulfilling relationships.
|Author||: Jan Baynham|
|Editor||: Ruby Fiction|
A wonderful sixties saga from a promising new talent. Highly recommended. It’s 1969 and free-spirited artist Elin Morgan has left Wales for a sun-drenched Greek island. As she makes new friends and enjoys the laidback lifestyle, she writes all about it in her diary. But Elin’s carefree summer of love doesn’t last long, and her island experience ultimately leaves her with a shocking secret … Twenty-two years later, Elin’s daughter Alexandra has inherited the diary and is reeling from its revelations. The discovery compels Alexandra to make her own journey to the same island, following in her mother’s footsteps. Once there, she sets about uncovering what really happened to Elin in that summer of ’69.