Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage.
It is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them, without their family's consent or knowledge, are Rita and Rosie, the throwaway children.
"Diney Costeloe has tackled an important subject. We should never forget this terrible injustice!" (John Humphreys)
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A wonderful novel, beautifully narrated.
A Gripping Book
No. The story is unforgettable so I would not want to listen again but I would listen to any other book written by this author.
There are so many. I'm a happy ever after kind of lady so enjoyed Gran reading the letter from a grown up Rita.
Difficult to say. All the characters were performed really well. If I had to choose just one then it would be Daisy.
How can children be treated so cruelly.
I was rivetted by this book which spanned the same years as my own childhood.