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Yes, Mama

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From the author of four bestselling autobiographies and a number of equally successful novels, comes another moving tale. A triumph of innocence over hypocrisy... Alicia Woodman was born into a home that should have been filled with comfort and joy. Her mother Elizabeth was bright and vivacious, Humphrey Woodman was a prosperous businessman. But Alicia was not Humphrey's ...more
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Published March 6th 2000 by Not Avail
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Nov 15, 2008 Bonnie rated it liked it
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A "reader" recommended I read this book after critiquing a portion of my novel-in-progress. I haven't read many late 19th C. books, but I must say that I did enjoy the read, and again,I "get" why she suggested it...:)
Barbara Willis
Dec 16, 2013 Barbara Willis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been on my "to read" list long before I had a Kindle! I found an old notebook and this was included in my list. The reviews at the time were excellent, and this book definitely is! Loved the story, 19th century upstairs, downstairs storyline that completely turns itself around. The unloved, isolated and ill treated daughter is a superb character, along with everyone else, big, bold characters so rich in description, and great insight into how the other halves lived. Great story.
Rosie Morley
May 06, 2013 Rosie Morley rated it really liked it
One of the first books my mum recommended to me. It's a really great story I enjoyed reading it a lot. I would probably read it again some day.
Janice Aitkens
Oct 16, 2016 Janice Aitkens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this on the kindle

I had read this many years ago in book form

It tells of a daughter who while born in a marriage is not the daughter of the husband & he knows this but to divorce his wife would be a scandal which would affect his business
It is set in the late 1800s early 1900s how she is looked after & loved by Polly the we nurse/servant who is more of a mother to her as she grows up
This is a good read especially if you like period reading
Oct 02, 2016 suzyque rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing story, sad at times but many happy moments too!

I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading this book. Full of family woes but many happy times too. Another great story from Helen Forrester!
Dec 18, 2008 Barbra rated it liked it
Loved this book - it was a really good read.

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Alicia Woodman was born into a home that should have been filled with comfort and joy. Her mother, Elizabeth was bright and vivacious, Humphrey Woodman was a prosperous businessman. But Alicia was not Humphrey's child and he would have nothing to do with her, and before long Elizabeth too, turned her back on her daughter. It was left to Polly Ford, widow of a dock labourer, to bring Alicia up, to teach her to say 'Yes, Mama' and to giv
May 13, 2014 Liesbeth rated it it was amazing
This not being my usual genre of book, I didn't know what to expect.
I was pleasantly surprised. I had me captivated from the first page.
A wonderful story spanning three decades , from the late 1800's to the first world war.
It takes the reader through life in the slums of Liverpool,the well to do classes and the hardship of Canada in those days.
All cleverly woven together, with a cast of believable characters who you get to know very well.
Was quite sad when it ended!
Nov 11, 2008 Rt rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Who enjoy the classics
Recommended to Rt by: no one
Interesting read!
A reflection of the various strata of society and their lifestyle in early 19th century.
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Helen Forrester (real name June Bhatia) (born 1919, Hoylake, Cheshire (now in Merseyside)) is an English-born author famous for her books about her early childhood in Liverpool during the Great Depression as well as several works of fiction.

In 1953 Forrester moved to Edmonton, Canada.
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