Book Review: The Orphan Sisters

Growing up, my family moved a lot. Throughout the upheaval, the one constant in my life was my sisters. Each time we went to a new school in a new town in a new state, they were there with me, lending their support. We knew that, no matter what, we were in it together.

Because I have been blessed with such special siblings, I wanted to read a historical novel about two sisters whose bond sustained them through adversity.

The Orphan Sisters, the debut novel of author Shirley Dickson, opens in 1929. Dorothy, age 8, and Etty, age 4, are rushing down the street with their mother, suitcases swinging by their sides. Etty thinks they are going someplace special but soon realizes that this is one trip she never wanted to take. Because their widowed mother can longer provide for her daughters, she places them in an orphanage and walks away forever.

In a strange place surrounded by strangers, the girls realize that they can only rely on each other. As the years go by, their sisterhood sustains and strengthens them. By 1940, both girls, now grown, are ready to face the world, together.

Unfortunately, the world is in turmoil. England is embroiled in a war with Germany. The sound of air raid sirens and exploding bombs fill their air. Although both women find love, they also suffer great loss. But despite the pervasive pain that permeates their lives, these sisters persevere. They still have each other… but for how long?

A compelling read, The Orphan Sisters pulled me in and would not let me go. I stood alongside these sisters, celebrating in their joys and sharing in their pains. Bittersweet and enduring, this novel’s characters stayed with me long after I had finished the final page.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookouture through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Categories: Book Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Post navigation

Please share your thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

The Chiddicks Family Tree

Every Family has a story to tell..........Welcome to mine

The Handwritten Past

Tips, Stories, and Advice from Professional Genealogists

writing my past

in which I document my genealogical research adventures and explore the people and events from my family's history…

Deeper Roots Genealogy

~ Discovering Your Family's Past To Shape Your Future ~

The Wanderlust Genealogist

Bringing Your Past into Your Present!

Delving into the past

Here you shall find, my writings, about my family research, and general research into murders, and other people's ancestry, where I dig deep, and find all kinds of information about my family, whether it is good or bad, and my life itself in general, there are some sad, informative, facts here, which I hope, will get you guys blogging, so what are you waiting for? Get reading!

A Pennsylvania Dutch Genealogy

the genealogy & family research site of Kris Hocker

The Family Letter Blog

Connecting Generations

Discovering Yesterday

Preserving the history of ordinary people

Barb's GeNealogy Life

Combining two of my favorite addictive pastimes - family history and writing.

Skeletons In The Closet

Digging them up and dragging them out

Ascending the Stairs

Because each step tells another story of our ancestors

Our Lineage

Researching Family History One Ancestor at a Time - © 2012-2019 - Wendy Malinowski. All Rights Reserved

Past Presence

A site for genealogists and history geeks

Julie's Genealogy & History Hub

Blog of Brass Oak Genealogy

The Family Kalamazoo

A genealogical site devoted to the history of the DeKorn and Zuidweg families of Kalamazoo and the Mulder family of Caledonia

From Shepherds and Shoemakers

Sharing musings, insights, resources and strategies as I discover my family history.

Its good to be crazy Sometimes

A view from the inside of going through the minefield of the British benefit system if you are disabled and the ups and downs of coping with mental illness

WORD!

Words of wisdom, inspiration, feeling

Rants, Rambles, Revelations, Remembrances

Because the voice in my head won't stay silent...

Genealogy for Children

How to engage children in genealogy and family history

BRUMLEY FAMILY BRANCHES

A family genealogy blog

GenTraveling

Collecting stories from family historians who are climbing their family trees and planning trips to where their ancestors actually lived!

Kindred Stories

Everyone has a story

Our Great Ancestors

Where Distant Family Become Close

Jill's Garden

Garden of Life

Chips Off the Old Block

A blog devoted to genealogical wanderings - dedicated to family near and far, through distance and time

My Descendant's Ancestors

Tips, Tools and Stories for the Family Historian

Applegate Genealogy

Helping others discover their roots

Gary A Wilson's Stories in a Dime of Time

Autobiographical fun in 10 minutes or less

Shaking The Branches

My Search For My Scots & Irish Ancestors

Decoding the Family Tree

solving family history one branch at a time.

Bespoke Genealogy

UK and Ireland: Genealogy, History and Travel

The Letters

Louise Mabey

From Ballachulish to South Mississippi

Mississippi family history letters

Writer Within

The Efforts of a Writer Trying to Write

Myricopia

Exploring the Past to Improve the Future

Aquila's Place

An Eccentric Mix of Literature and Opinions

And the Tenth Time

"Nine times out of ten... But what about the tenth time?"

The Women Who Made Me

Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary

F Yeah History

History...but better

Amanda Bradburn

Author | Editor | Genealogist | Professional Bookworm

Daze & Weekes

A (charmingly?) delusional Victorian actress surviving in the hideous and grotesque modern world.

Today in History

"Tell me a fact, and I'll learn. Tell me a truth, and I'll believe. But tell me a story, and it will live in my heart forever." - Steve Sabol, NFL Films

%d bloggers like this: