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The Shut-Away Sisters : A gripping and utterly heartbreaking historical novel Kindle Edition
She paid a terrible price to keep her sister’s secret…
Florrie and Edith, two devoted sisters, have lived in their little house with threadbare carpets in the East End of London since they were children in the war. But while their neighbours know Florrie as a bright-eyed, kind elderly lady, they always wonder why Edith never leaves the house.
Years later, Kate, their great niece, comes to sort out their things. Kate is running from a broken relationship, and as she sits amongst the dusty furniture, looking at old photos of Florrie during the war, she recognises the change in her aunt – from a carefree young girl laughing with her friends to a young woman with dark sad eyes, always by herself.
Desperate to find out more about Florrie and Edith, Kate is shocked to discover an untouched wedding dress wrapped in tissue paper in a bottom drawer and a locked room at the end of a passage upstairs without a key. What could her aunts have been hiding?
And as she reads entries from her great-aunt’s diaries she is transported back to a time where the German bombs rained down on London and a seventeen-year-old girl was forced to give up everything to keep her sister’s secret. Can Kate ever understand the darkness that has bound her family together? And if she does, will she be able to move on from it?
A heartbreaking historical novel of war, tragedy and the sacrifices we make for those we love. Fans of Fiona Valpy, Kristin Hannah and Victoria Hislop will be hooked by The Shut-Away Sisters.
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- ASIN : B0919RH46N
- Publisher : Bookouture (29 June 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1702 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 358 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 611 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The mystery of the two sisters living together for their whole lives, and the kindness of many of the characters made this an enjoyable read.
The lives of people during the war always fascintes me. Interesting to read about the first world war from England's point of view
and their survival. Definitely recommend this book!
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Journal recounts her daily life as a teenager who assumes the role of mother and has to give up her own dreams to feed and clothe everyone. This resonates with mu own family history where an aunt did much the same. The description of home grown food, making plain wholesome meals and wasting nothing also reminds me of my grandmother's habits after the 2nd world war when in many ways, domestic work was almost as onerous.
In contrast Kate in 1999 is working in high pressure PR and charged with sorting out Florries house. These parts of the book feel less interesting and the prose is unexciting. The characters are two dimensional and it is all a bit predictable.
The book moves slowly and I suddenly realised 80% of the book had gone and nothing much had happened. Nothing much happened anyway and I felt the author ran out of ideas and wrapped it up quickly. Somethings were never quite resolved. What happened to Georgie? How did the 2nd WW affect the sisters' isolation?
and the author has certainly done her research. Kate in the present is staying at her late great Auntie house as her relationship has ended abruptly, the stories slip back and forth between past and present, very short chapters and so engrossing. I discovered I'd read my name is Ava by this author after I'd downloaded this that was also great so will definitely read more.