A Mother's Shame

  • by Rosie Goodwin
  • Narrated by Juanita McMahon
  • 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On the outskirts of Nuneaton stands Hatters Hall, home to the mentally insane. One rainy, dismal day in 1857, Maria Mundy arrives there to work.
She is ordered to care for Isabelle Montgomery, daughter of an influential land-owner, but it becomes apparent that she has been falsely imprisoned. It’s going to take courage, determination, and resolve - but freedom is always worth fighting for.


What the Critics Say

"Rosie is a born storyteller...you'll care for her characters and lose yourself in her story." (Jeannie Johnson)
"A touching and powerful new novel from a wonderful writer" ( Bookseller)


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A thoroughly feel good story

A Mothers Shame is set in the mid 1800s, when Maria Mundy is forced to go and work in the asylum by her uncaring preacher father, her down trodden mother is left trying to feed and care for the family at home. Maria then finds herself working as a ladies maid to the difficult Isabelle Montgomery who has been locked up by her father, as she is unmarried and pregnant. The story takes the two girls on a journey across the oceans; there is the usual villain and the obligatory love interest, with good overcoming adversity. The only downside to this fabulous story was the narration; having already listened to several of Rosie Goodwin books back-to-back that were narrated by Charlie Sanderson, I was slightly disappointed with Juanita McMahons interpretation of the characters voices. Charlie Sanderson does such a good job, but Juanita McMahons voice was just not quite the same, perhaps a little droll, don’t get me wrong her narration was good, but my personal opinion was that Charlie Sandersons voice would have suited the story much better. However I loved it from beginning to end and would thoroughly recommend it as a feel good easy listen.
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- Dawn


Rosie Goodwin is my favourite author and her stories are great but the narrator spoiled it her voice was so droll and did not make the story interesting i became bored and didnt finish the book infact not even the second chapter
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- barbara greenhalgh

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2013
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks