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My Mother's Secret

A warm family drama full of humour and heartache

Author: Sheila O'Flanagan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472210735

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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Sheila O'Flanagan's MY MOTHER'S SECRET is a thought-provoking and unputdownable novel about a family reeling from the news that nothing about their parents' marriage is what they believed it to be. A wonderful read perfect for fans of Veronica Henry and Lisa Jewell. When Steffie helps her two siblings organize a surprise wedding anniversary party for their parents her only worry is whether they'll be pleased. What she doesn't know is this is the day that her whole world will be turned upside down. Jenny wants to be able to celebrate her ruby anniversary with the man she loves, but for forty years she has kept a secret. A secret that she can't bear to hide any longer. But is it ever the right time to hurt the people closest to you? As the entire family gather to toast the happy couple, they're expecting a day to remember. The trouble is, it's not going to be for the reasons they imagined... What readers are saying about My Mother's Secret: 'A novel with humour and heartache and a believable ending. Heart-warming, entertaining and very enjoyable' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'Sheila O'Flanagan always seems to create a cast of characters that you can identify with and care about. My Mother's Secret is no exception. I found myself instantly connecting with them' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'A great book in true Sheila O'Flanagan style. The characters are all great warm-hearted Irish folk and there are many laughs and twists and turns along the way' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars

All My Mother's Secrets

A Powerful True Story of Love, Loss and a Family Torn Apart

Author: Beezy Marsh

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1509892710

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

View: 8659

From the grimy streets of Acton and Notting Hill to the bright lights of the West End, Beezy Marsh's All My Mother’s Secrets is a powerful, uplifting story of a young woman’s struggle to come to terms with her family’s tragic past. Annie Austin’s childhood ends at the age of twelve, when she joins her mother in one of the slum laundries of Acton, working long hours for little pay. What spare time she has is spent looking after her younger brother George and her two stepsisters, under the glowering eye of her stepfather Bill. In London between the wars, a girl like Annie has few choices in life – but a powerful secret will change her destiny. All Annie knows about her real father is that he died in the Great War, and as the years pass she is haunted by the pain of losing him. Her downtrodden mother won’t tell her more and Annie’s attempts to uncover the truth threaten to destroy her family. Distraught, she runs away to Covent Garden, but can she survive on her own and find the love which has eluded her so far? 'Beautifully-penned story on the harshness of life and how hope survives' The Sun

My Mother's Secret

Author: Dan S. Ammerman

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595219292

Category: Fiction

Page: 376

View: 6311

Elaine Baylor accidentally knocks over a picture frame. As it shatters, she discovers the beautiful and loving mother she thought perfect in every way had a shocking secret.The startling discovery unfolds as Elaine emotionally sorts through her mother's personal effects following a private airplane accident that also killed her wealthy father.Elaine, now the heiress of a monumental fortune, makes a surprising decision to ignore the secret and proceed with her life.In a meeting a few hours later with her mother's attorney, she is inspired to begin an unpredictable search in a small Pennsylvania town.Emotionally drained and frustrated with the progress of her search she fervently pleads for devine intervention.The help she receives throws the Pennsylvania town, its medical center and the Houston business community into a tailspin resulting in a court trial that seeks her fortune.Ginger Townsend, a spritely, ambitious, agnostic attorney for her decseased father's company, questions everyone's faith, honesty, and integrity while trying to make God the chief witness.Only a stranger on a special mission can resolve the dilemma and he does in dramatic fashion.

My Mother's Secret

A brilliantly twisty, tense and chilling novel of deception...

Author: Sanjida Kay

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1786492539

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 6763

'A gripping page-turner - the twists kept coming!' Catherine Ryan Howard You can only hide for so long... Lizzie Bradshaw. A student from the Lake District, forced to work away from home, who witnesses a terrible crime. But who will ultimately pay the price? Emma Taylor. A mother, a wife, and a woman with a dangerous secret. Can she keep her beloved family safely together? Stella Taylor. A disaffected teenager, determined to discover what her mother is hiding. But how far will she go to uncover the truth? And one man, powerful, manipulative and cunning, who controls all their destinies.

My Mother's Secret

Dad Is Always Near

Author: Donna Wright

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781935905172

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 23

View: 6355

A death of a parent is traumatic. One grieving child found a way to feel better. There are only a few ways to handle the death of a loved one. We can be angry, or we can find a way to accept it and move on. This book follows one boy's path to believe a "secret" to help accept his father's death and understand that his dad is still with him. It's a heartwarming story that will make you think about your deceased loved ones and how to believe in the "signs" they send you. This is one inspirational lesson no reader will ever forget.

Die Bienenhüterin


Author: Sue Monk Kidd

Publisher: btb Verlag

ISBN: 3641024730

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Lilys Mutter ist vor zehn Jahren umgekommen. Ihr Vater herrscht wie ein grausamer Rachegott über die inzwischen 14-jährige. Eines Tages flieht Lily aus der bedrückenden Atmosphäre ihres Elternhauses, wandert über die staubigen Straßen der Südstaaten, um ein neues Zuhause zu finden. Sie begegnet wunderbaren Menschen, rettet mit Mut und Klugheit ein Leben und findet bei drei Frauen Unterschlupf, die, wie im Märchen, in großer Eintracht zusammenwohnen. Die drei Schwestern geben dem Mädchen alles, was es braucht: Liebe, Halt, und Geborgenheit. Sie nehmen Lily in ihre Familie auf und weihen sie in die Geheimnisse weiblichen Wissens ein. Lily lernt alles über die Bienenzucht. Sie erfährt, wer ihre Mutter, die sie so schmerzlich vermisst, wirklich war, und sie verliebt sich. Doch eines Tages steht ihr Vater am Gartentor ...

My Mother's Secret

A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story

Author: J.L. Witterick

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698151526

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 654

Inspired by a true story, My Mother’s Secret is a captivating and ultimately uplifting tale intertwining the lives of two Jewish families in hiding from the Nazis, a fleeing German soldier, and the mother and daughter who save them all. Franciszka and her daughter, Helena, are simple, ordinary people...until 1939, when the Nazis invade their homeland. Providing shelter to Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland is a death sentence, but Franciszka and Helena do exactly that. In their tiny home in Sokal, they hide a Jewish family in a loft above their pigsty, a Jewish doctor with his wife and son in a makeshift cellar under the kitchen, and a defecting German soldier in the attic—each party completely unknown to the others. For everyone to survive, Franciszka will have to outsmart her neighbors and the German commander. Told simply and succinctly from four different perspectives—all under one roof—My Mother’s Secret is a testament to the kindness, courage, and generosity of ordinary people who chose to be extraordinary.

Her Mother's Secret

Escape to sunny France with the Number One bestselling author

Author: Rosanna Ley

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1786483440

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

View: 5710

'A beautifully written story of loss and love, Her Mother's Secret is Rosanna Ley at her best' My Weekly Escape to the heart of enchanting Brittany with the bestselling author of The Villa and The Little Theatre by the Sea. The perfect treat for fans of Santa Montefiore and Veronica Henry. For many years Colette has avoided returning to her homeland - the magical island of Belle-Île-en-Mer in Southern Brittany - afraid to confront the painful memories she left behind. She is living on the Cornish coast when she hears about her mother Thea's failing health and realises that the time has come for her to go home. But can Colette ever forgive Thea for what she has done? Despite Colette's wariness, romantic Belle-Île still fascinates her. She takes on the running of her mother's flower shop and makes friends with Élodie from the Old Lighthouse where Thea once worked as a nanny and with the enigmatic Étienne who shares Colette's mixed feelings about the island. As Thea opens up to her for the first time, Colette finds herself softening and being drawn back into the landscape of her past. But can Belle-Île also be a part of her future? The ghosts of that past still linger. What happened all those years ago and how did it cause the rift between mother and daughter? It becomes clear that the beauty of Belle-Île hides a devastating family secret - one that Colette is determined to unravel at any cost.

Die Mitternachtsschwestern


Author: Tracy Buchanan

Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 364119878X

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 5534

Ein Geheimnis, so tief und dunkel wie das Meer. Eine Liebe, die nicht sein durfte. Eine Tochter, die nach ihren Wurzeln sucht. Willows Kindheit war unbeschwert – bis zu dem Tag, an dem ihre geliebten Eltern bei einem Schiffsunglück starben. Als sie Jahre später eine Einladung zu einer Ausstellung erhält, auf der Fotografien von wunderschönen Unterwasserwäldern gezeigt werden, bekommt sie Zweifel an ihrer Version der Vergangenheit. Denn der Fotograf hat Willows Mutter Charity geliebt. War die Ehe ihrer Eltern nicht so perfekt wie gedacht? Und warum erfuhr sie nie von dem tragischen Verlust, der Charitys Leben vor Jahrzehnten zerriss? Um Antworten zu finden, muss Willow den Spuren ihrer Mutter folgen – und die führen sie um die ganze Welt und tief unter die Oberfläche des Wassers ...

Ein notwendiges Übel


Author: Abir Mukherjee

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641220092

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 4904

Kalkutta, 1920: Ein Jahr nach seiner Ankunft in Britisch-Indien wird der ehemalige Scotland-Yard-Ermittler Sam Wyndham mit einer heiklen Mission betraut. Der Thronfolger von Sambalpur wurde ermordet. Die Kolonialregierung hat ein hohes Interesse an der Ergreifung des Täters, verfügt in dem unabhängigen Fürstenstaat jedoch über keinerlei polizeiliche Befugnisse. Sam und sein indischer Sergeant Surrender-not Banerjee reisen als verdeckte Ermittler ins Reich des Maharadschas, das für seinen unsagbaren Reichtum, die prunkvollen Tempel, und die jährliche Großwildjagd bekannt ist ...

Die Mütter

Author: Brit Bennett

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644001243

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 1197

Brit Bennett gilt als das Wunderkind der neuesten US-Literatur. Aus dem Stand sprang die 26-jährige Afroamerikanerin mit ihrem ersten Roman an die Spitze der Bestsellerliste. Sie wurde für den PEN-Award nominiert und erntete begeisterte Kritiken; zuletzt kündigte Warner Bros. die Verfilmung an. «Die Mütter», so nennen sich die alten Frauen in der kleinen kalifornischen Gemeinde Oceanside. Sie sind Zeugen des Skandals, mit dem dieser Roman beginnt. Ein Skandal ist es, wenigstens aus ihrer Perspektive: Dass Nadia Turner, deren Mutter sich das Leben genommen hat, mit Luke, dem Sohn des Pastors ... Dass Nadia Turner ein Baby bekommt ... Oder vielmehr beschließt, es nicht zu bekommen. Und das ist erst der Anfang der Geschichte, der Anfang einer Geschichte voller Zuneigung und Komplikationen. Nadia kehrt der Kleinstadtenge bald den Rücken, sie geht aufs College, bereist die Welt. Aubrey, ihre beste Freundin, bleibt und stellt sich auf ihre Weise gegen den Chor der alten Frauen, deren Stimmen über die Jahre merklich auseinandergehen. Es dauert nicht lange und sie feiern ein neues Paar in Oceanside: Aubrey und Luke Sheppard. Und das beschäftigt die heimgekehrte Nadia mehr, als sie vor der besten Freundin zugeben kann. Brit Bennett fragt nach dem, was uns hält und was uns bindet, mit allem Respekt und der nötigen Respektlosigkeit. Und sie erzählt von Herkunft, Hautfarbe, Geschlecht in einer Gelassenheit, die staunen macht: ein lebenskluger Roman über das Amerika von heute und das Amerika von morgen.

Regretting Motherhood

Wenn Mütter bereuen

Author: Orna Donath

Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag

ISBN: 364118701X

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 5942

Darf man es bereuen, Mutter zu sein? Ein Tabubruch "Regretting Motherhood" thematisiert, was bisher kaum ausgesprochen wird: Dass viele Frauen in der Mutterschaft nicht die "vorgeschriebene" Erfüllung finden. Dass sie ihre Kinder lieben und trotzdem nicht Mutter sein wollen. Ih ihrem bahnbrechenden Buch analysiert die engagierte Soziologin Orna Donath die Dimension des Tabus und lässt Mütter selbst von ihren Erfahrungen berichten.

Bevor es dunkel wird


Author: Stephanie Merritt

Publisher: Blanvalet Verlag

ISBN: 3641227577

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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Schließe die Tür, wenn es dunkel wird, denn vielleicht bist du nicht allein ... Eigentlich erhofft sich Zoe nach einem psychischen Zusammenbruch auf der schottischen Insel Ruhe und Erholung. Doch bereits kurz nach ihrer Ankunft machen unheimliche Gerüchte die Runde, denn in dem Haus, das Zoe den Sommer über gemietet hat, passieren seit dem mysteriösen Tod der Vorbesitzerin Ailsa angeblich immer wieder unerklärliche Dinge. Und tatsächlich hört Zoe nachts eine singende Frau und wird von wilden Träumen heimgesucht – oder bildet sie sich etwa alles nur ein? Doch was ist mit den Möbeln, die morgens nicht mehr an ihrer Stelle stehen? Als ein heftiger Sturm aufzieht, muss Zoe sich schließlich ihren schlimmsten Ängsten stellen und gerät dabei in große Gefahr ...

A Mother's Secret

A Life Torn Apart

Author: Peggy Chan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781543744750

Category: Fiction

Page: 80

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My mum is a liar, and my dead father is alive! Merryl has discovered that the one person she trusted most had told her lies. To whom can she turn to find out the truth? What other secrets has her mother kept from her? The thing that Merry had feared most has exploded in her face. Her past has finally caught up with her. Her life is torn apart once more. Alone, with no one to turn to, how is she going to salvage the situation? Has she lost her daughter because of her lies?

My Mother's Secret

Based on a True Holocaust Story

Author: J. L. Witterick

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1475962894

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 7449

Franciszka and her daughter are unlikely heroines. They are simple people who don't stand out ... that is, until there is a crisis. In 1939, the Nazis come to Poland and start to persecute the Jews. These are unreasonable times when providing shelter to a Jew has become a death sentence. Despite this, both Franciszka and her daughter hide Jewish families and a German soldier in their small home. For all of them to survive, she will have to outsmart the German commander and her neighbors. When you look at a piece of steel, can you tell whether it is the ordinary kind used to make forks and knives or whether it is the superstrength type used to construct bridges and high-rises? The honest answer is no. You cannot tell until you apply extreme pressure. People are like that. This story is a reminder that there are no profiles for courage and character, and that who we become is always a personal choice. This is my first book, but it feels like something that has been waiting for me for a while. I just had to be still enough to hear it. As the words flowed and formed, shaping ideas in their dance, it felt divine. Writing was a process far more intimate than I could have predicted. To be authentic and honest, it is your own life that you draw upon and so, telling a story reveals the truths that reside in your own heart. I loved creating this story. To be able to say that anything is possible if we connect with each other through kindness, understanding, and courage -and to do it with reference to true events-well, that was exhilarating. If this story somehow manages to touch you, if it somehow manages to remind you of your own humanity, then I will be incredibly happy. Living with gratitude, J. L. Witterick [email protected]

Ein Geheimnis


Author: Philippe Grimbert

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518735608

Category: Fiction

Page: 154

View: 3157

Philippe ist fünfzehn, als ihm Louise, eine Freundin der Familie, ein über Jahre gehütetes Geheimnis enthüllt. Die Grimberts sind Juden und haben das Leben im besetzten Paris keineswegs so unbeschadet überstanden, wie sie Philippe bislang glauben machen wollten. Der als Einzelkind aufgewachsene Philippe wird an eine von allen verdrängte Vergangenheit seiner Familie herangeführt, in der es den großen Bruder seiner Phantasie tatsächlich gegeben hat.

Our Family Secret, My Mother's Lie

A True Story About Adoption

Author: John N. Reynolds

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1450023371

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 49

View: 3385

This is a story about adoption. It is about direct adoption and family adoption. It also involves keeping a secret from one of those who is adopted. It forms a family secret that defines and destroys as it gets passed along. It is the story of my mother and her sister who get cast out into the cold and are taken in by family. However, they are split up by the family and live in two separate worlds. My mother is taken to California and never told the secret. Dorothy, mom’s sister, knows she is adopted and knows she has a sister. My mother is raised as the only child of the Haughts. She knows she was born in Ohio but knows nothing else. This is the way Norden and Mabel want it to be. They would be the only ones knowing the family secret. Mabel is paranoid that someone would find out and attempt to take Zona away from them. After mother learns the truth she takes on that paranoia. She lives and breathes it and it eventually takes over her life. Everything is done to protect that secret. Yet, when I turn 17 she decides it is time to tell me “the secret” and to take me back to meet my real aunt and uncle and cousins. This is a story of how the family secret transcends time and touches many lives. It is a story of how people react differently when told the secret. My cousins David, Barbara, and Joe are amazed that I just found out about them a few months before meeting them. They have known about me all their lives. They knew who I was and where I was and what all was going on. For me, all of that was shut out. I had to ask them tons of questions to find out about them. Even when doing my final research for this book I was still asking questions to all that were still alive. I am glad I went when I did because death would take the ones who knew the answers. Imagine if I would just now be finding all of this out at the ripe old age of 60? There would now be only a handful of people left to tell me and they would only have part of the knowledge. This secret has led me on many adventures. I am glad that I know the secret but sure wish it had come about differently. But then I would not have had to write this book. So welcome to Our Family Secret, My Mother’s Lie.


Eine Kindheit wie ein Roman

Author: Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Publisher: eBook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3827079594

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 9764

"13 % aller männlichen Amerikaner könnten ihr Vater sein." Das sagte Steve Jobs dem Time Magazine über seine Tochter Lisa. Für die Öffentlichkeit war er da schon ein Halbgott. Was bedeutete es für sie, so einen Vater zu haben? Zumal er lange nichts von ihr wissen wollte? Lisa Brennan-Jobs hat sich lange Zeit gelassen, dieses Buch zu schreiben, und anders als von vielen erhofft, ist es keine Abrechnung mit dem Apple-Guru geworden, sondern ein kluges und berührendes literarisches Memoir. Lisa war das Ergebnis einer schon im Ansatz gescheiterten Liebe. Als die Studentin Chrisann Brennan schwanger wurde, hatte Steve Jobs hatte gerade das College geschmissen und schraubte in der berühmten Garage im Silicon Valley komische Kästen zusammen. Chrisann wollte Künstlerin werden und verließ den "Nerd" Steve, obwohl sie sein Kind erwartete. Diese Kränkung sollte er ihr - und auch Lisa - lange nicht verzeihen. Der Apple-Gründer bestritt die Vaterschaft, nannte aber gleichzeitig wohl einen seiner Computer nach ihr. Und das kleine Mädchen erlebte eine Kindheit der Extreme: Da war einerseits ihre Hippie-Mutter, die nicht einmal genug Geld für ein Sofa hatte, und andrerseits eben einer der reichsten und berühmtesten Männer der Welt … Herzzerreißend und komisch – eine Kindheit, die man so nie erfinden könnte.

A Mother's Secret

Author: Dilly Court

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409023435

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 4683

When seventeen-year-old Belinda Phillips falls in love with a handsome Anglo-Indian officer, she knows that he is a man she can never hope to marry. When he is reported missing, believed killed in action, Belinda discovers that she is pregnant. Facing disgrace and ruin, she has no option other than to accept an arranged marriage with a middle-aged widower, knowing she must keep the secret of her child's birth for ever. Reluctantly she sends her beloved daughter to a foster mother in Cripplegate, little realising she has entrusted Cassy's care to Biddy Henchard, a woman who runs a notorious baby farm in an area full of poverty and disease. Despite her terrible upbringing, Cassy survives the old woman's cruel neglect. All the while she dreams of a mother she has never known, hoping she will come and save her from her dreadful fate. But when Biddy dies suddenly, ten-year-old Cassy finds herself destitute and with little hope of ever finding the mother she so longs for...

Töchter des Himmels


Author: Amy Tan

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641149592

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 6757

Vier junge Frauen zwischen altem China und neuer Welt. Waverly, June, Rose und Lena, vier junge Frauen in San Francisco. Durch und durch Amerikanerinnen, die der American Way of Life stark geprägt hat – im Gegensatz zu ihren Müttern. Die sind 1949 unter dramatischen Umständen vor der roten Armee in die Vereinigten Staaten geflüchtet und noch immer chinesisch bis in die Knochen. Zwei Kulturen prallen aufeinander und scheinen nicht zueinanderzufinden. Bis die Töchter erkennen, dass sie die einmalige Chance haben, zwei Welten in sich zu verbinden, sie müssen nur bereit dafür sein.

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