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A convent children's home run by monsters. A heart-breaking family secret that haunted us for 50 years.

Suzanne suffered five heart attacks and made it through open heart surgery. But even that pales in comparison to the horrors she faced as a young girl.

Her childhood became the ‘stuff of nightmares’ after her father passed away and her mother, unable to get a job in Ireland, had to seek work in London. So ‘Mammy’ was forced into the heart-breaking decision to put Suzanne and her five siblings into church-run orphanages in Dublin while she worked away. It was just meant to be temporary.

Her life soon became a daily struggle to avoid beatings with canes and rosary beads. Suzanne and the other children worked from dawn until midnight, living on disgusting scraps of food, while the nuns dined on fresh fruit, meat and cakes that the ‘orphans’ had cooked for them. Suzanne tried her best to shield her younger sisters from the terror of these hateful ‘women of God’. But it was only the beginning of their troubles....

Eventually, their mother returned from London after four years with enough money to take her children out, and the family was reunited. However, too scared to speak out, the children vowed to take the horrors they had experienced at the orphanages to their graves.

What really happened behind those church doors? This is Suzanne's heart-breaking and touching story.

©2021 Suzanne Walsh (P)2021 Boldwood Books

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Don’t turn against God for the failures of man.

Survivors can thrive after tragedy.
I believe there are special blessings for children who survived such cruelty at the hands of those who undoubtedly suffered the same. The lucky ones are those who hopefully were also surrounded by good, decent, loving people.
Nobody ever said life would be easy. It’s also what you make it.