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Publisher's Summary

Two generations face heartbreak and injustice in this poignant and emotional novel inspired by true events.

Mary Roberts is a poor gutter child living in a council flat in 1950s London. When she and her sister are left at an orphanage by their mother, they don't think their lives can get any worse.

Harry Evans is an orphan who finds himself, with Mary and her sister, on board a ship bound for Australia. They're sent to a farm school for children, where abuse and neglect are rife. A journey that will change their lives forever, and from which they’ll never return.

Married to her dream man, and with a baby on the way, Dr. Mia Sato’s life is in perfect order. When her beloved grandmother has a fall, the photograph clutched in her hand prompts Mia to ask questions her grandmother isn’t willing to answer. When she cries out a confession that rocks Mia to her core, it leads to a shocking discovery of a past filled with lies, broken families and forced child migration.

Based on one of Britain's most secret and shameful real-life scandals in which over 100,000 British children were forcibly deported to Canada, South Africa, and Australia over several decades. Lilly Mirren’s heartbreaking, captivating, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us that no matter where the journey leads us, our heart will always find its way home to those we love.

For listeners of Before We Were Yours and Where the Crawdad Sings.

From the USA Today best-selling author of The Waratah Inn series.

©2021 Lilly Mirren (P)2022 Black Lab Press

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Mirren Steps Outside Her Box

Just as William Kent Kruger did a 180 with Tender is the Land, Lilly Mirren delivers a profoundly moving historical saga of British emigration of 130,000 children ages 3-14 to Australia. Unlike Mirren's Wartah series, Beyond the Crushing Waves is no beachy romance novel. It pulls at your emotions and educates you at the same time. When I think about my entitled childhood my heart aches for these poor children sent from England to work farms in Australia at the same time I was watching Lassie. Unbelievable.

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Gripping story of anguish and love

Lilly Mirren has a way of writing that captivates the soul. This is a touching story, as we look back on Mary, Lottie and Harry and their childhoods, going from Britain to Australia. Never given a break, these children suffered through the worst of life's situations, but when opportunity finally knocked, Harry grabbed it and ran. Now shining with Mary, and Lottie with them, we learn their history as granddaughter Mia digs to find it out. Mirren flips back and forth between past and present, leading us through their lives and showing us that not only are things not always as they appear but life can be brutal and beautiful. This is an emotional listen, and beautiful story.

Melissa Chambers gives us a gripping narration as we get to know each character through her voices. It's a listen I won't soon forget.

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Good story

This was an interesting story about a program I never knew existed. What a sad tale of how we try to help others, and is can backfire so badly. One could say it all turned out for good in some cases, but not all. The narrator did a good job, read well with good inflection.

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It started a little slow, but once I finally got into the story it was an enjoyable listen. I had never heard about these farms so it was interesting to learn about them.

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Beyond the Crushing Waves

Excellent story line, with great audio voice with different inflections for the various characters. Definitely recommend this book.

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Wonderful book to listen to

I loved this book. The story line that Lilly has created for Beyond the Crushing Waves, is nothing short of amazing. You get a good combination of current and historical accounts. The flashbacks, definitely kept me on my toes! And Melissa Chambers did an amazing job narrating each of the stories. I learned so much that I didn't know, just by giving this book a listen.

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Great Listen

I received this audiobook in exchange for a honest review. A sad yet uplifting story . It has all the emotions, can't wait to listen to more.

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Emotional and Epic Story

This is an emotional and epic story. The characters are well developed, and the storyline is interesting. Melissa Chambers did a good job with the narration.

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An uphill battle of emotions.

An uphill battle of emotions. Mirren ravages the heart with her words and chambers picks up the pieces with her voice.

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Robotic narrator. Interesting story.

I enjoyed the story as I didn’t know anything about this era in the U.K.’s history. The narrator was robotic, lack of feeling though. It often sounded to me that she was reading a school history book or a science book. The only reason I listened to the entire book was because I wanted to hear the whole story. Otherwise, I would’ve abandoned it due to the terrible narration.

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