Recensie The Forgotten Children door Fany van Hemelen:
A woman’s search to find her son uncovers the shocking truth about one of Britain’s darkest periods.
Struggling with the demons of her past, Emily is a children’s author with a dark secret, and a guilt that threatens to consume her. For twenty years she has lived in Brighton, England, trying to forget the day they took her baby from her, just hours after he was born. But now, in the summer of 1987, she decides to begin the search for her son.
Emily takes refuge in a small town on the Isle of Anglesey to plan the search, where she meets Walter, a gentle stranger, who helps her with his words of wisdom and kindness. But it is when she decides to return home to Hastings, that she really has to face her demons.
Estranged from her parents when she was just sixteen, Emily is shocked by what her mother has to tell her about events that occurred before Emily was even born.
Beside her, throughout her search, is Emily’s beautiful Irish friend, Geraldine, recovering from her own sad experiences. Together they uncover a truth that shocks them all.

The Forgotten Children draws the reader into lives affected by narrow-minded beliefs and blinkered thinking at the highest level. Children who weren’t allowed to be born, children who were abandoned, and children who were taken, forced to lead a life thousands of miles away from everyone and everything they knew – leaving scars that may never heal.
At its heart, The Forgotten Children is a story of survival, but the journey that Emily has to take is painful. Even more so because she knows it was allowed to happen by individuals, religions and governments, who should have known better.

A hopeful story based on true events!

Emily is a an author of children’s books. When a tragedy reaches out her world falls apart. First Emily moves from Brighton to Algesy. For the first time she is on her own and has time for herself and to find peace. In this little place full of natural beauty and amazing people she can think and make hard decisions. Finally she went on a search for her son whom she had to give away twenty years ago but have never forgotten. At that time her parents thought she was too young to take care for a child. Emily uses the press to discover what happened and then she met Patrick, who tells her an awful story.
There were children in the sixties who had to leave England. They had to take the boat to Australia or other colonies and thought their parents were dead or abandoned them. Now they are registered as orphans. Those kids were sent to repopulate Australia. Emily can’t forget this story and they both promise to help each other at their quest. Emily and her family have their demons, but everybody has his own tragedies and has to learn how to cope with them.

The forgotten children is a fiction book written to tell what those victims have experienced.
This book shows us a horrifying period in the Australian history. Nevertheless, It’s not a sad story, but on the contrary a book about forgiveness and hope.
Three stars

Isabella Muir
Isabella Muir has been surrounded by books her whole life and – after working for twenty years as a technical editor and having successfully completed her MA in Professional Writing – she was inspired to focus on fiction writing.
As well as her newest title, The Forgotten Children, Isabella is the author of the Sussex Crime Mystery series. These Agatha Christie style stories are set in the sixties and seventies and feature a young librarian and amateur sleuth, Janie Juke, who has a passion for Agatha Christie. All that Janie has learned from her hero, Hercule Poirot, she is able to put into action as she sets off to solve a series of crimes and mysteries.
Aside from books, Isabella has a love of all things caravan-like. She has spent many winters caravanning in Europe and now, together with her husband, she runs a small caravan site in Sussex. They are ably assisted by their much-loved Scottie, Hamish.

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Titel: The forgotten Children | Auteur: Isabella Muir | Uitgeverij: Outset Publishing Ltd | Categorie: romans | Uitvoering: paperback – E-book | 256 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781872889177 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: november 2018 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 28-01-2019 | Prijs: €12,99 | Bestellen

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