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Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK
ISBN-13: 9781529002782
Price: $$16.99

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All My Mother’s Secrets

A powerful true story of love, loss and a family torn apart

Annie is the eldest daughter of a laundress in Acton, London, raised to keep the rich families of Kensington spick and span. As she grows up in poverty in the 1920s and 1930s, her life centres on the family business, working long hours of hard physical labour. When she's not in the laundry she's looking after her younger brother and two step-sisters. But she's haunted by thoughts of her real father and what happened to him. All she knows is that he died in the Great War - her mother will not talk about him and his very existence is shrouded in secrecy.

Annie's search for the truth angers and frightens her mother, who throws her out of the house. Undaunted, Annie continues, convinced that solving the puzzle holds the key to her future happiness, as she simply doesn't seem able to trust men. Can Annie cut the apron strings binding her to the drudgery of life in the laundry business and find the love that had eluded her so far?

As with the bestselling biography, Keeping My Sisters' Secret, in All My Mother's Secrets, Beezy Marsh has crafted a rich and touching story of a young woman's journey as she faces up to the choices of the previous generation.

Author Bio

Beezy Marsh is an award-winning journalist, who spent more than twenty years making the headlines in newspapers including the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times. Today she writes romantic fiction, as well as memoir and biography, and somehow finds time to write a blog about her life as an imperfect mother to two young boys, in between tackling a never-ending pile of laundry and doing the school run. Family and relationships are at the heart of her writing and she is a firm believer that sisters, mothers, and wives are the glue which binds everything together. She is the author of Keeping My Sisters' Secrets, Mad Frank and Sons, and Mr Make Believe.

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