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A heartbreaking, enthralling and utterly unforgettable World War 2 story of two young sisters cruelly abandoned by their mother at an orphanage.

1929: four-year-old Etty and eight-year-old Dorothy are abandoned at Blakely Hall orphanage by their mother, never to see her again. With no other family to speak of, the sisters worship their beloved mam - and they are confused and heartbroken to be deserted by her when they need her the most.

1940: Etty and Dorothy are finally released from the confines of Blakely Hall - but their freedom comes when the country is in the grip of World War Two and its terrors. Amidst a devastating backdrop of screaming air-raid sirens and cold nights huddled in shelters, the sisters are desperate to put their broken childhoods behind them.

But trouble lies ahead. Dorothy must bid good-bye to her beloved husband when he’s sent to war, and Etty must nurse a broken heart as she falls in love with the one man she can never be with.

Etty and Dorothy survived the orphanage with the help of one another, and neither sister can forget the awful betrayal of their mother, which has haunted them their whole lives. But when a shocking secret about their painful childhood comes to light, will the sisters ever be the same again?

©2019 Shirley Dickson (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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Heart wrenchingly beautiful

Well written, great characters, lots of twists. I couldn’t get enough. So many ups and down. Great listen

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Orphan sisters

I loved the story it was so beautifully written and narrated I cant wait to read more stories by Shirley.Will reccomend it to my friends and family

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Comfortable book to read.

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Fantastic Book

Loved listening to this book, the characters, storyline, tears, happiness and narration was brilliantly done.

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Sad but a wonderful story of family bonds

I couldn’t stop listening. The author captured beautifully the ties that families have when times are rough. The author was amazing and her accents transported me to my birthplace in Northern England. I’m listening to the sequel now and the author doesn’t seem as good but too early to judge.

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wonderful

i absolutely loved this novel and such a beautiful story i highly recommend it :) ❤

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Great book enjoy every minute

Loved this book looking forward to listening to more books by Shirley Dickson it reminded me of my childhood

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  • Melissa L S
  • 18-09-2019

Excellent story. PG-13+

The book is well-written and I enjoyed most of it very much. I could have done without the sexual references (a hand on the bulge in a man's pants, playing with a girl's nipple, etc. Not exactly rated R, but not what I care to read). They are not necessary for the story and are the only portion of the story that makes it seem smutty. I would recommend it to family, if it weren't for those sections.

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  • M. Ryder
  • 22-06-2019

Unique Look At Life During War

This story was well written and performed. It pulled at my heart strings. I loved hearing about the unbreakable bond between the sisters, and felt that the author did a great job of bringing her characters to life. The listener really gets to know them, and will become emotionally attached to them and the story’s outcome, as did I. Despite war being the backdrop, the actual story is about family, and the choices we make, and how those choices effect our lives. Get ready to shed a few tears. Beautifully presented. I was so invested in the book, that I finished it in just two days. Definitely worth downloading!

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  • Debra
  • 14-01-2020

Couldn’t stop listening!!!

Heartbreaking, all consuming, I felt like I was there!!! I just didn’t want it to end! Such informative history and memories that encompassed Great Britain during WW11. Much sadness, but much gratefulness as well!!!

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  • Brian Lee
  • 13-01-2021

Shirley Dickson is fabulous!!

Had the best time listening to this book it will take you on a fabulous adventure you won't forget it A+++ to Shirley my new favorite author

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  • Penelopesmommy
  • 04-01-2021

Enthralling story

This was one book I couldn't stop myself from finishing as soon as I possibly could. The story was well written, and I couldn't wait to find out more. It had me in tears more than once. Lovely job.

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  • Patricia Lord
  • 16-12-2020

Heartwarming , Family, Love, Hope, War,

I love Shirley Dickson easy reading . I loved each character and how you felt as tho you knew them personally. Great book , could not put it down . Love audible !!!!!

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  • Donnakp1954
  • 21-11-2020

The Orphan Sisters

Loved this book and the narrator. I cried and cried at different times while listening to this audible book. Great story of love and forgiveness!!

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  • Sheila McCormick
  • 17-11-2020

A must listen!

A heartwarming and heart-wrenching story which seems very true to how those lives might’ve been. Shirley’s wonderful writing, detailed history, crafted characters and imagination brought to life for me this period and the enormous stress and terrible events people endured. The ending was full of optimism, important for me. Congratulations on this debut novel. The narrator was easy to listen to with a very pleasant voice and authentic regional accents. I enjoyed it very much. I’ve listened to Shirley’s next books too and in my opinion, she is one of the best novelists who write about WW2. I can’t wait for others by her.

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  • Judeth D LeTexier
  • 27-07-2020

Excellent Read & Enjoyable Story

if you enjoy historical fiction as I do you will love this story with all its ups and down. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Sheila
  • 24-07-2020

An awesome story about sisters!

This was a very good book. I enjoyed the narrator's authentic accent to the area of where the story took place. This is a story about matters of the heart during the time of war and I really enjoyed it.

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  • Ms
  • 31-05-2019

The orphan sisters

Very enjoyable looking forward to the next book. The wonderful Anne Dover made this possible

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  • Kay
  • 18-07-2019

Emotional turmoil....

Really loved the story line...so well written kept you interested and wanting more. The bond between the sisters and the truths coming out...and the sad followed by the happy content ending...looking forward to your other books...thank you...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-2020

A lovely read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book , full of interesting characters . It drew me in from the first page and by the end I felt I had got to know the sisters personally .

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  • Patrick Dee
  • 30-08-2020

Beautiful story

I was absolutely bowled over by this book, it was so beautiful, one of the best books I have read in my life and I am 53, I started to listen to audio books around 1 year ago and haven’t stopped , the narration is the heart and souls of the story, this was narrated so wonderfully, I could see the characters, thank you Shirley and thank you Anne.

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  • Mrs L J Hay
  • 15-08-2020

One of the Best.

It’s wonderful to find a book that captures you right from the beginning and this one is exactly that. Just had to continue reading every time I sat down. An author I shall keep as a favourite. Linda H

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  • L/p
  • 11-04-2020

excellent book and excellent narrator

This book has kept us captivated and was enhanced by a fantastic narrator.we cannot wait for the next book written by this author and narrated by anne dover

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  • Country lass
  • 08-01-2020

Excellent first book

I was hooked on this book from start to finish and the excellent narration by Anne Dover brings all the characters to life. Definitely would recommend it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-10-2019

first book

a lovely warm suster story full of love and emotion very well read by Anne Dover she brings the characters to life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-09-2019

Just beautiful

Really really nicely written, very touching and heart felt. Would definitely recommend!!! Can’t wait for more books Shirley.

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