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Anne Berry

Autor(a) de The Hungry Ghosts

5 Works 222 Membros 14 Críticas

About the Author

"Principally, this is the story of what can happen when an extraordinary God shares an idea with ordinary people who decide to act upon it. In a different context therefore IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU", Anne Berry, Author

Obras por Anne Berry

The Hungry Ghosts (2009) 144 exemplares
The Water Children (2011) 56 exemplares
The Adoption (2012) 16 exemplares
Behind Glass 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Locais de residência
Hong Kong
Surrey, England, UK



This one took me a while. Children is not a book that gives, but rather takes. It demands instead of provides, not bothering to look back and make sure the reader is still on the ride, eagerly attentive. The characters are spellbinding, different yet mortal, distinctive and touching. The ending was almost too perfect for real life, though fulfilling for readers with need of some sort of silver lining in the eternal rain shower one observes in these histories.
mlmarks98 | 3 outras críticas | May 13, 2017 |
Despite being a slow starter and taking me a long time to bother finishing, it surprised me in a very positive way. I wish I had made the effort to read it all in one go! I suppose there is a bright side to having broken my kindle after all!
RoseyEm | 5 outras críticas | Jul 14, 2016 |
This is a story narrated by three women – Bethan, a teenage girl from Wales who in the 1940’s brought shame on her family by falling pregnant after falling in love with a German prisoner of war whilst he was working on her parent’s farm.

Harriet, who with her Welsh husband Merfyn adopts a baby from the Church Adoption Society. They are both members of the Temperance Society and Harriet has an image of how the perfect child should behave – she will be very disappointed.

And finally Lucilla - the baby adopted by Harriet and Merfyn. Lucilla grows up to be a troubled child and has a difficult childhood -she feels at odds with her parents and then one day the truth is finally revealed to her.

This was an extremely well written and emotional book. Three generations of women – all hostage to society’s views of what is acceptable behaviour and the laws of the time. Thankfully times have changed and society generally is now far more tolerant. The characters were so believable, my heart broke sometimes for Lucilla and the emotional cruelty and violent outbursts she suffered at the hands of her adoptive mother. The story takes us from Lucilla’s childhood and we are brought up to date with Lucilla’s current life with her own children and family.

The characters were so well written so as to provoke a reaction with the reader. There were slimy, odious characters who were easy to dislike and others that you could feel empathy for.

Although all three women feature in the narrative, the story is mainly about Lucilla but I would have liked to have known more about Bethan’s life after the adoption. She was an interesting character who life was changed forever by the baby she had to give up.

A recommended read.
… (mais)
Karen-uk | 3 outras críticas | Nov 24, 2013 |
This the moving story of an adoption told from three perspectives - that of the birth mother, the family that adopted the child and the adopted child herself. Bethan , the daughter of strict Welsh parents, has a child to a German soldier working on their farm in the years after the war has ended. Although she really loves this soldier there is no way her parents would let her keep the child and stay with this man so the child is adopted out. Bethan never forgets this child although she later marries and has another child but then the question is - if years later she was given a chance to reconnect with that child what would she do. The child, christened Lucilla, became part of a God fearing family, a family she always felt she never belonged in. Her upbringing was harsh and she knew indifference not love. She marries happily and has children of her own, but once she finds out she is adopted her greatest wish is to reconnect with her birth mother.. As for the adoptee mother herself the child never lived up to her expectations and she would no doubt have been happy to give her back if she could or swap her for another. I really enjoyed this book, and was happy with how it ended. I felt empathy with the character of Lucilla, and great sadness for the life that she lived iwth the adoptive parents. This is well worth a read and I will look out for other books by this author.… (mais)
kiwifortyniner | 3 outras críticas | May 10, 2013 |



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