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My Sanctuary

4.90  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Rebecca Dolores Kingsley, better known as Dot, is a precocious young girl with a lot to say. Despite the bleak Catholic orphanage where she resides, the indifference of the adults charged to care for her, and her painful past, Dot is determined to find the sense of safety and belonging that has eluded her since birth. Even if this means taking Kenny, a fellow orphan, under ...more
ebook, 35 pages
Published May 2012 by Vagabondage Press
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Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A child can’t choose its mother, but maybe a mother can choose her child.

My Sanctuary is the story of Dot, a young teen growing up in a Catholic orphanage in the fifties. It isn’t a nice place to be, but there are bright spots in her life, from her crush on her school teacher Mr. Martin to taking care a fellow orphan named Kenny who she has dubbed her “baby.” Beyond that, though, Dot finds what we all need sometimes: a sanctuary, somewhere to go where a stained-glass angel smiles down on her and
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: orphans, school
Involving short story with a interesting narrating character- reminds me of Matilda by Roald Dahl, but for grown ups!
Melissa Hayden
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, fiction
Powerful read, in the life of young Dot.

***Full review***

We meet a lonely young girl, Rebecca Dolores Kingsley, whom everyone calls Dot. She was left, by her mother, at the orphanage the day after she turned eight, in 1952. We see a year in her eyes at the orphanage shortly after turning fourteen when Kenny first shows up, and learns things the hard way at this church orphanage. Dot decides to take him under her wings and nurture him in this rough place and world. Dot cares for Kenny like 'her b
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dot was a young girl who grew up in a Catholic orphanage. her parents put her in it after discovering that her father sexually abused her. she grew up with plenty to say but no one to say it to. one day, a new orphan joined the orphanage. Kenny was a smart kid. Dot decided to take him under her wings, calling him her baby. she often brought him to her sanctuary, a secret place where she kept to herself and now shared with Kenny. the duo bonded and became family against the cruelty of the orphana ...more
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Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story from the beginning had an appealing type of monologue that had me hooked. I could picture the characters in my mind vividly and their voices with accents. An emotional story that shows the human heart and spirit how it holds out for love and hope under difficult circumstances. Excellent short story!
Ruthe Collins
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A good story.It takes What Used To Be, adds some might have been. The characters are consistent and well-developed with idiosyncrasies and believable flaws. It handles problems that we like to think belong in the used-to-be, But the new emphasis on bullying leaves the reader wondering:Is it really better now?

Linda Gallant Potts
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, recommended
"My Sanctuary," is Sarah-Jane Lehoux's compelling story of life in a 50's orphanage. Written in the first person, it reveals a disturbing and unfair world where cruelties were often hidden under a veneer of innocence and benevolence. The protagonist, "Dot," is both believable and memorable. Readers will find themselves rooting for her and wanting more.
Barb Henderson
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This very short book is full of emotion and a view of a darker stage in our society. It is an awakening look at the orphanages of the 1950’s. It is definitely worth an hour or two of your time to read this book.
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Sarah-Jane Lehoux has always had a passion for storytelling. From grade school tales of cannibalistic ghosts, to teenaged conversations with God, to her rebellion against adulthood with fantasy kingdoms and fairy magic, she has attempted to share her love of the quirky and unconventional with her readers.

Sarah-Jane currently resides in Northern Ontario, and is an unabashed introvert with a love of
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