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The Flight of the Wren by Orla McAlinden
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it was amazing
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This book was just up my street. It is a mix of historical fact and fiction. The characters are strongly drawn, fascinating and real. The story is gritty and doesn't hold back; but neither deliberately shocks for sensation.
Sally Mahon is a victim of the effects of the Irish Famine, and finds herself orphaned and alone in the world. As a young, hungry, innocent teenager she stumbles from one precarious situation to another, meeting people who use and manipulate her.
Sally finds herself on the way to Van Dieman's land with other women accused of prostitution, theft, arson and more. Along the way she loses her faith, has her eyes opened and becomes more than a friend to Patsy, who persuades her to do something drastic.
As an old woman on her death-bed she reveals her life's secrets to her 'granddaughter' , Margaret, and the reader.
A book you won't want to put down.

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January 9, 2020 – Shelved

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message 1: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Stinson Sounds great. I want to read this book. Great review. Thank you.

Eileen Patricia wrote: "Sounds great. I want to read this book. Great review. Thank you."

Thanks Patricia

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