All My Mother's Secrets
A vivid, heart-warming story of survival
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...more
Sometimes it's far better to tell the truth than to fabricate a lie even though the truth will be painful to hear.
I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook and the story was so good I ended up listening into the early hours of the morning.
This book deserves more than five stars and I will be looking for more books from this author.
Sisters and family secrets, I lost my way around the middle of this book, despite reading for five solid hours waiting for an operation, then a further two hours after coming home, finally got back into what was happening still a bit confused it read to the end.
I have enjoyed to look into how life would have been for my grandparents, the genuine struggles of life. I was born in Stratford road Acton, and remember hearing stories of soap suds island. Now I feel I have lived it through the pages.
The author is related to these women so the story is woven ...more
What another good book from Beezy Marsh. This is about the hardships families faced in a time gone by and how after everything they still pulled together. Annie finds out so many secrets about her family and for a time she moves away. In that time of being away she finds herself but she still needs to go back home for the answers she needs. This book will make you realise just how much easier we have certain things today but also how we've become lost along the way.
soapsud Island with women making ends meet working in a laundry factory while the men go the pub after payday and spend most of what they made. children working doing laundry from age 12 on. Mom gets pregnant but does not want to share it with her oldest daughter. Does not share how her Dad really died. Wants to keep him on a pedestal for her daughter. It was a o.k. book for me.
A brilliant true story of a family's secrets its a very powerful and emotional book i thoroughly enjoyed it brought me lots of memories of my young day's i couldn't put it down i highly recommend this book its well worth a read i haven't read any of Beezy Marsh books before but will do in the future
A great insight into the life and hardships of ordinary folks, who even though they were working long hours struggled to make ends meet, before and during the last two world wars. As the story unfolded I couldn't put it down.