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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"Diney Costeloe has tackled an important subject. We should never forget this terrible injustice!" (John Humphreys)
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 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!
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.
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.
I woyld not use the word enjoyable when listening to this book, more compelling, it made me angry at times( when you listen to it you will know why)
It brings home to you how children were treated years ago. When she told she will be going to live with her house mother, this was good to have something good to come out of this story.
Really well read. I did not want to stop listening!
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