Shirley Dickson returns to the blog today with a story of sisters and their lives after early troubling years in
The Orphan Sisters
Etty and Dorothy were left in an orphanage in 1929 – confused, hurt and betrayed. By the time they were old enough to leave the security of the home, the war was on and both girls seemed singularly unprepared for the challenges to come. Of course, all of the difficulties in their situation were amplified by air raids, lives lost and the general privation of the home front, but the story seemed to focus more on bad decisions, bad circumstances and ‘Sophie-like’ choices for the two – with Etty and her more forceful personality and approach to trouble being in the forefront.
Unlike the other title I’ve read from this author, the mistakes that both Etty and Dorothy made, along with choices that were often questionable – and the never-ending series of awful events that seemed to take precedence to move the story of the two forward (or at least provide interest) ;left me needing more about Etty and Dorothy. Their characters, for me, were underdeveloped, Dorothy in particular as Etty’s strong will and nature and being the brasher of the two seemed to put her in the spotlight as well. While this wasn’t my favorite of the Dickson books that I’ve read, I’m looking forward to more from her and her unique perspective.
Title: The Orphan Sisters
Author: Shirley Dickson
Genre: British, Coming of Age, Family Saga, Historic Elements, Historical Fiction, Setting: Britain, World War II
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 22 January,2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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 – 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 goodbye 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?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.