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Summary

In Their Mother's Footsteps is a moving saga set at the eve of the Second World War, by the author of the Breckton series Mary Wood.

Two girls. One horrendous war. The chance to unite a family...

Edith and Ada run Jimmy's Hope House, where they care for unmarried mothers and where Edith, a doctor, offers free medical help to the poor of London's East End.

Both are struggling to overcome trauma from their past. For Edith there is the constant ache and yearning for her twin girls, Elka and Ania, from whom she was separated in 1918. For Ada there is the threat of her sister returning....

As the Nazis strengthen their grip on Poland, sisters Elka and Ania are forced to make a difficult decision: travel to England to find their birth mother or stay and fight against an increasingly desperate regime?

In times of war, no choices are ever easy to make. But making the right choice could keep you alive....

©2016 Mary Wood (P)2017 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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Mediocre

This is the first Mary Wood book I have read and sadly may be the last. The story was lacklustre and the narrative very 'twee', I struggled to carry on listening but thought it might improve. By the end I breathed a sigh of relief that it was finished. Now for something a little more inspiring and intriguing.

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A well written story

I I have given this book five stars as it was written and narrated so well. When I began to listen to the story I was surprised that it was about the awful things which happened to the people in Poland . Oh my goodness me, I found it so upsetting and nearly gave up listening. It was completely different to what I thought the lives of the two daughters turned out to be.

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Good story with a bit graphic on the rape scenes!

V ery good second world war story however I did find that the rape scenes were described too graphically for me. That is probably a personal thing though. Well-read and tied up nicely at the end.