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The Orphan Sisters

Written by: Shirley Dickson
Narrated by: Anne Dover
Length: 12 hrs

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Publisher's Summary

A heartbreaking, enthralling and utterly unforgettable World War 2 story of two young sisters cruelly abandoned by their mother at an orphanage.

1929: four-year-old Etty and eight-year-old Dorothy are abandoned at Blakely Hall orphanage by their mother, never to see her again. With no other family to speak of, the sisters worship their beloved mam - and they are confused and heartbroken to be deserted by her when they need her the most.

1940: Etty and Dorothy are finally released from the confines of Blakely Hall - but their freedom comes when the country is in the grip of World War Two and its terrors. Amidst a devastating backdrop of screaming air-raid sirens and cold nights huddled in shelters, the sisters are desperate to put their broken childhoods behind them.

But trouble lies ahead. Dorothy must bid good-bye to her beloved husband when he’s sent to war, and Etty must nurse a broken heart as she falls in love with the one man she can never be with.

Etty and Dorothy survived the orphanage with the help of one another, and neither sister can forget the awful betrayal of their mother, which has haunted them their whole lives. But when a shocking secret about their painful childhood comes to light, will the sisters ever be the same again?

©2019 Shirley Dickson (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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  • M. Ryder
  • 22-06-19

Unique Look At Life During War

This story was well written and performed. It pulled at my heart strings. I loved hearing about the unbreakable bond between the sisters, and felt that the author did a great job of bringing her characters to life. The listener really gets to know them, and will become emotionally attached to them and the story’s outcome, as did I. Despite war being the backdrop, the actual story is about family, and the choices we make, and how those choices effect our lives. Get ready to shed a few tears. Beautifully presented. I was so invested in the book, that I finished it in just two days. Definitely worth downloading!

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  • Melissa L S
  • 18-09-19

Excellent story. PG-13+

The book is well-written and I enjoyed most of it very much. I could have done without the sexual references (a hand on the bulge in a man's pants, playing with a girl's nipple, etc. Not exactly rated R, but not what I care to read). They are not necessary for the story and are the only portion of the story that makes it seem smutty. I would recommend it to family, if it weren't for those sections.

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  • Tracey in PA
  • 30-05-20

I couldn't put it down

I was riveted. Fantastic story, performance, and character development. Just, wow! I'm looking forward to more from this author!

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  • Tonya Long
  • 16-05-20

Fantastic.

I loved this sweet story. It kept me coming back to see what happened next. Many times I stayed up way too late because I got caught up in the story. The audio reading was superb. The different voices she used made me visualize what the characters looked like.

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  • ND Roughrider
  • 21-04-20

The author has written a fantastic novel!

The author has written a brilliant novel of two sisters having to grow up in an orphans home in the pre WWII era, then their lives during the war. The narration is superb!

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  • Debra
  • 14-01-20

Couldn’t stop listening!!!

Heartbreaking, all consuming, I felt like I was there!!! I just didn’t want it to end! Such informative history and memories that encompassed Great Britain during WW11. Much sadness, but much gratefulness as well!!!

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  • stefani
  • 26-11-19

Lovely romantic novel about resilience and sisterhood.

This book set in WW2 tells the story of 2 sisters and their journey through life during the war. A good story as you walk the park or drive to work.

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  • Annie
  • 05-11-19

Not bad for a new author

The first 8 chapters were hard to get into for me. I was going to return the book but gave it another try. The book ended up being pretty good. Try it.

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  • Dana Southwick
  • 31-10-19

Excellent Book!

I could not put this one down. Listened to it in 2 days! In fact its 3:00am. I am only up at this hour to finish the book and see what happens.
Narration was excellent too!
You will love it!

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  • Cindy Carr
  • 16-10-19

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I enjoyed this book very much. It was very well written. The narration was well done.

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  • Ms
  • 31-05-19

The orphan sisters

Very enjoyable looking forward to the next book. The wonderful Anne Dover made this possible

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  • Kay
  • 18-07-19

Emotional turmoil....

Really loved the story line...so well written kept you interested and wanting more. The bond between the sisters and the truths coming out...and the sad followed by the happy content ending...looking forward to your other books...thank you...

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  • L/p
  • 11-04-20

excellent book and excellent narrator

This book has kept us captivated and was enhanced by a fantastic narrator.we cannot wait for the next book written by this author and narrated by anne dover

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  • Country lass
  • 08-01-20

Excellent first book

I was hooked on this book from start to finish and the excellent narration by Anne Dover brings all the characters to life. Definitely would recommend it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-10-19

first book

a lovely warm suster story full of love and emotion very well read by Anne Dover she brings the characters to life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-09-19

Just beautiful

Really really nicely written, very touching and heart felt. Would definitely recommend!!! Can’t wait for more books Shirley.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-12-19

Fantastic Book

Loved listening to this book, the characters, storyline, tears, happiness and narration was brilliantly done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-10-19

Sad but a wonderful story of family bonds

I couldn’t stop listening. The author captured beautifully the ties that families have when times are rough. The author was amazing and her accents transported me to my birthplace in Northern England.
I’m listening to the sequel now and the author doesn’t seem as good but too early to judge.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-19

wonderful

i absolutely loved this novel
and such a beautiful story
i highly recommend it :) ❤

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  • Patricia
  • 30-07-19

Great book enjoy every minute

Loved this book looking forward to listening to more books by Shirley Dickson it reminded me of my childhood