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Summary

Discover the Workhouse to War trilogy by Kay Brellend: a new saga series set in the Whitechapel Union workhouse in East London, between 1904 and 1916.

Christmas Eve, 1909. When 11-year-old Lily Larkin is left to fend for herself in an East London workhouse after her dying mother is taken to an infirmary, her future looks bleak. Once she is separated from her twin brother, Davy, her childhood hopes seem to shatter. But Lily's fierce spirit - along with her beloved new friends - help her to endure the miserable drudgery of life at South Grove Workhouse and its cruel supervisor, Miss Fox.

When a handsome, smartly dressed gentleman shows up at the workhouse, claiming to be her cousin and with an offer of employment, Lily seizes her chance to escape. But her new job is far from perfect, and her reunion with her brother isn't what she thought it would be. Still, she relishes her freedom from the workhouse and, finding herself on the cusp of womanhood, is determined to embrace her new life - until a shocking secret from her past is uncovered. 

As everything she'd ever believed about herself is thrown into confusion, will Lily ever be able to rise above her past?

©2020 Kay Brellend (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Stunning story.

what a fantastic audio book.
It's over a century ago that this sad life, people did live like this.
And it makes me appreciate life more.
Thank you Annie Aldington for bringing the characters to life.
Thank you author for the beautiful story.
I recommend this book to all ages too read.
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Brilliant

I enjoyed listening to this story so much, written by Kay Brellend. It’s the first time I have listened to a book written by her and must look for another one immediately! Read beautifully as always by Annie Aldington. I feel there must be a sequel coming- or at least I hope so as it would be nice to know what happened to everyone.

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Brilliant!

Absolutely loved this book! The story and the characters all came to life. They really made me feel like I was part of the story. Thank you Kay.
I’d also like to thank the fantastic narrator Annie Aldington. Every book she reads gives a heart and soul to the characters. You couldn’t find a better narrator. Thank you Annie.

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Amazing

Was definitely one of my favourite this year and would love to hear a sequel !!

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Exciting, edge of your seat story

Wow, what an amazing story. So descriptive, fast paced with twists and turns all the way. I really wish there could be a sequel to this story as it definitely lends itself to one.

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Great storytelling amazing subject

I loved it it was really brought to life it was like you were there