Monday, 22 July 2013

My Secret Sister - Helen Edwards & Jenny Lee Smith

Helen grew up in a pit village in Tyneside in the post-war years, with her gran, aunties and uncles living nearby. She felt safe with them, but they couldn't protect her from her neglectful mother and violent father. Blamed for everything that went wrong in their lives., she suffered years of abuse.

Jenny was adopted at six weeks old and grew up in Newcastle. An only child, she knew she was loved and with the support of her parents she became a champion golfer. But she still felt that something was missing.

Neither knew of the other's existence until Jenny went looking for her birth family and found her sister Helen. Together they searched for the truth about Jenny's birth - and uncovered a legacy of secrets and lies that overturned everything Helen thought she knew about her family.

Moving and inspirational, this is a story of the extraordinary bond of sisterhood and a tribute to two women strong enough to let love, not bitterness, define them.

Published by: PAN Books - Non-fiction
Year: Paperback  2013 
ISBN: 978-1-4472-2887-5


This is the remarkable story of two sisters separated at birth neither knowing of the the others existence until one of them decided to trace her birth mother. I did enjoy reading this book (enjoy might not be the right word really) I know from researching family history myself that a lot of informal adoptions between families went on  when a child was born out of wedlock and webs of secrets were constructed to prevent the child ever finding out.  The mother of these two ladies certainly did that and more and it is testament to these two ladies that they have been able to put the past behind them and build on the future as a family.

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