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The three Bentley children are used to fending for themselves. Their widowed mother has been forced to take a night job at Grant's clothing factory and sees them only at breakfast and on Sundays. But at nearly 18, with a job of her own, Dora is well able to look after her younger siblings.

Then one morning their mother fails to appear for breakfast. When the gatekeeper at Grant's factory tells Dora that no one by the name of Harriet Bentley has ever worked there, the children grow worried. Knowing that their mother wouldn't deliberately deceive them, they enlist the help of a neighbour, a former policeman, to help them investigate.

©2007 Beryl Matthews (P)2008 Soundings

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"Catherine Cookson fans will love this." ( Woman's Own)

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A sweet story

Characters are not well defined. Too drawn out and could have been more lively. Main character a bit soppy and colourless.

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  • 21-03-2016

Thoroughly enjoyable

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, its narrator played the characters parts perfectly & the storyline was brilliant, i could really feel the emotions involved.

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 13-03-2016

a lovely story

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this is a gripping story of children having to deal with the disappearance of their mother and making friends with a neighbour who was injured during the first world war. he was a policeman before joining up and in trying to find the children's mother finds hope and a reason to carry on.
will buy more by this author.
well performed by annie Aldington who brought the charcters to life especially the little girl.
recommend this story.

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  • 07-03-2021

Enjoyable listen

Realised the difficulties of post war years. Too many cups of tea pleasant voice

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  • 23-07-2020

A really heart warming tale

Great little story with some fabulous characters. I was hoping for more stories about this family but it seems not. Great story, definitely worth a read

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  • Sakazoke
  • 03-08-2019

Diamonds in the Dust,

Another beautiful written book. And a narrator such as Annie Aldington who brings each and every character to life. Thank you.

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