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The Orphan Sisters

By: Shirley Dickson
Narrated by: Anne Dover
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A heartbreaking, enthralling and utterly unforgettable World War 2 story of two young sisters cruelly abandoned by their mother at an orphanage.

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 - and they are 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 good-bye 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?

©2019 Shirley Dickson (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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Excellent story. PG-13+

The book is well-written and I enjoyed most of it very much. I could have done without the sexual references (a hand on the bulge in a man's pants, playing with a girl's nipple, etc. Not exactly rated R, but not what I care to read). They are not necessary for the story and are the only portion of the story that makes it seem smutty. I would recommend it to family, if it weren't for those sections.

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A must listen!

A heartwarming and heart-wrenching story which seems very true to how those lives might’ve been. Shirley’s wonderful writing, detailed history, crafted characters and imagination brought to life for me this period and the enormous stress and terrible events people endured. The ending was full of optimism, important for me. Congratulations on this debut novel.
The narrator was easy to listen to with a very pleasant voice and authentic regional accents. I enjoyed it very much. I’ve listened to Shirley’s next books too and in my opinion, she is one of the best novelists who write about WW2. I can’t wait for others by her.

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Unique Look At Life During War

This story was well written and performed. It pulled at my heart strings. I loved hearing about the unbreakable bond between the sisters, and felt that the author did a great job of bringing her characters to life. The listener really gets to know them, and will become emotionally attached to them and the story’s outcome, as did I. Despite war being the backdrop, the actual story is about family, and the choices we make, and how those choices effect our lives. Get ready to shed a few tears. Beautifully presented. I was so invested in the book, that I finished it in just two days. Definitely worth downloading!

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WOW amazing 1st book

I enjoyed the orphan's sisters very much. A good glimpse into history of what happened to children of parents during wartime. Shirley wrote a phenomenal 1st book. Looking forward to more books written by her. I highly recommend Orphan sisters. Heart warming and tearful at times.

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A wonderful book but my gosh, I haven't ugly cried like that in a long time. You are so emotionally attached to the main characters that everything is just raw and heart wrenching.

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great till the epilogue

the only reason it's not five stars is the decision to go back on the pivotal plot point of why the mother left the kids in the epilogue. that was a central point of the story and you decided to change it at the very end of the book to make the character likable again? felt like the author lost courage to make the mother "bad" (sorry trying not to give away spoilers)

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Couldn’t stop listening!!!

Heartbreaking, all consuming, I felt like I was there!!! I just didn’t want it to end! Such informative history and memories that encompassed Great Britain during WW11. Much sadness, but much gratefulness as well!!!

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A good first book, very good narration

Although I was upset about May and Ettie both falling into the same trap with the same guy, Etty was unexpectedly plucky. I loved her character. The story moves along well, and I was pleasantly surprised at the character development and the unexpected storyline.

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Wonderful touching story!

This story revolves around a bond between two sisters; through their youth,lingo adulthood and a . war. The authors superb writing kept me interested and anticipating every chapter! Do yourself a favor and select this authors premier novel !

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What a story!!! An epic journey that leaves you wanting for more. The characters are real it seems, there struggles, the love, the hope, the frailty. Your rooting for a happy ending and a continuation for these characters in another Novel.
WONDERFULLY WRITTEN and Narration.

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  • 05-31-19

The orphan sisters

Very enjoyable looking forward to the next book. The wonderful Anne Dover made this possible

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  • 07-18-19

Emotional turmoil....

Really loved the story line...so well written kept you interested and wanting more. The bond between the sisters and the truths coming out...and the sad followed by the happy content ending...looking forward to your other books...thank you...

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  • Sakazoke
  • 11-25-22

The Orphan Sisters

I absolutely loved this book! All the highs and lows the sisters endured. The books was very well written. The Narrator Anne Dover is one of the best. She knows how to bring each character to life. Thank you for this wonderful audiobook. It’s now time I listened to the next.

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  • Cupcake7
  • 04-12-22

lovely book

lovely book. It actually made me cry at one part. I couldn't stop until I had finished it. I also love the narrator.

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  • lili
  • 11-18-21

Wonderful book

Really enjoyed this book. Great storyline and well researched. Looked forward every night to listening to it and also to the wonderful narrator.

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  • dawnie
  • 09-16-21

Wonderful

I have read lots of books and this is one of my most favourite of all time. It was so easy to listen to and uncomplicated with a wonderful moving story that I don’t think I will ever forget and it was lovely and I will be giving it to my sister to read as I know she will get as much joy out of it as I did. Excellent 5 stars

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  • Eilidh
  • 08-11-21

Brilliant

Wonderful book, didn’t want it to end. Can’t wait to hear more from this author. Narrator was very good also. Definitely recommend!

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  • Sonia paine
  • 04-10-21

The orphan sisters

I found this book a great read. It was a heart warming read and obviously sad at times. I just like books to be straight forward interesting and down to earth of how life was for people in the war.
Although to young to of experienced the war. It is good for other generations to know what life was like back then.
I have also read Shirleys other books which are linked but can be read independently.

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  • Sue
  • 03-13-21

The orphan sisters

Love the book from the beginning to the end didn't want to put it down!! And I had a few tears listening to it

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  • lorinda
  • 03-08-21

Wonderful story

Wat a Lovley book sad and happy times of the sister gripped me till the end xx
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  • Barbara L
  • 11-02-22

Delightful writer

Love the writings of Shirley Dickson.I have previously listened to the lost children which encouraged me to listen to more of this author

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-22

Delightful and heart-warming

A heart-warming story about the strength of two sisters who battle to rebuild the foundations of their lives. The narrator gave beautiful life to all the characters and made this an easy listen.

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  • Diane Harrop
  • 07-12-22

Fantastic

I really loved this story. Got me in and kept me interested all the way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-22

Wonderful story

Shirley Dickson is a wonderful story writer, sad in places but so believable, looking forward to reading her next book

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  • MerrilyW
  • 11-30-21

totally enjoyable .. you will love this

a very memorable story that kept my attention from beginning to end. I love this narrator too. never felt the need to skip past bits. don't hesitate to get this book

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  • Jenny Clark
  • 09-21-21

The Orphan Sisters

I found this book very interesting right to the end I would recommend it

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  • Jacqueline Benz
  • 08-07-21

The ending was so heartwarming.

It took a long time to get into this story, I trusted it would deliver so persevered.
The last few chapters got me involved and the curiosity of how it would finish held me fast.
The characters were most believable,
And it was well narrated.
Good job for first novel Shirley:)

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  • Dianne Pridham
  • 04-17-21

Amazing story of hardship & recovery

What a great first book! I enjoyed it very much. Wartime must have been devastating on so many levels. Makes one feel guilty for the easy lives we have enjoyed but still complain. Does one good to be reminded. Well written Shirley. Can’t wait to read your next book.

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  • Tessa
  • 11-26-20

Heart wrenchingly beautiful

Well written, great characters, lots of twists. I couldn’t get enough. So many ups and down. Great listen

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  • MARGARET
  • 09-28-20

Orphan sisters

I loved the story it was so beautifully written and narrated I cant wait to read more stories by Shirley.Will reccomend it to my friends and family