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London, 1910. Lily is 10 years old when she realises her grandmother, a washerwoman, is seriously ill. She's determined to do what she can to help and keep her grandmother's illness a secret - even from her beloved twin, Artie. 

When tragedy strikes and the twins are faced with the prospect of a workhouse or an orphanage, a benefactor offers to take Artie in and educate him. All Artie's needs will be taken care of - but the gentleman has no use for a girl. As the orphan twins grow up and take different paths, their new lives are beyond anything they could have imagined. Will they ever find a way to be together again?

©2020 Lesley Eames (P)2021 Soundings

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  • 25-07-2021

A heartwarming and compelling tale

This is a truly compelling novel brought to life by the narration of ever-brilliant Ann Aldringham.
The story takes the listener on a rollercoaster ride of emotions as the lives of two devoted 10 year-old twins are changed forever by tragedy.
What I really like about this book is the fact that there is no extreme child cruelty central to the story, which makes a refreshing change from similar books set in the early 1900s.
Having said that, it is impossible to remain unmoved by the terrible choices the children are forced to make in dire circumstances.
There are some harrowing themes to this book, but triumph over adversity remains the heartwarming undercurrent.
The book inspires tremendous hope, especially as friendships and deeper relationships strengthen and unite the characters.
I found this book impossible to put down, and I would highly recommend it.

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