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A Mother's Shame

By: Rosie Goodwin
Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
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Summary

On the outskirts of Nuneaton stands Hatters Hall, home to the mentally insane. One rainy, dismal day in 1857, Maria Mundy arrives there to work.

She is ordered to care for Isabelle Montgomery, daughter of an influential land-owner, but it becomes apparent that she has been falsely imprisoned. It’s going to take courage, determination, and resolve - but freedom is always worth fighting for.

©2013 Rosie Goodwin (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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"Rosie is a born storyteller...you'll care for her characters and lose yourself in her story." (Jeannie Johnson)
"A touching and powerful new novel from a wonderful writer" ( Bookseller)

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What a beautiful book. Love Rosie’s books but this was slightly ruined by the narration for a while! Zero research into the accent of Nuneaton. Does she think that all poor people just had the same south English accents?!
If you listen to it in 1.2 or even 1.3 speed then it’s helps! Lovely story!

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a bit slow at the beginning but keep on listening as it is a very good book, and read very good

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A Mothers Shame pt 1/2

Really excellent. My sister said it was a must, and I agree. So much in it. At one stage I thought back to the start, and couldn't believe so much had happened.

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A heart warming and sometimes emotional read.

I was introduced to this author by a friend after he'd read Mothering Sunday and posted up on Facebook about how good it was, the title interested me so I then went and looked Rosie Goodwin up, I am so glad I did as I have found a new author that I am quickly becoming a fan of. Both Mothering Sunday and the little angel were fantastic and I can't wait for the third book in that collection to come out. As this book is based in the same area I decided to go for this one next. I did not enjoy it as much as the previous two but it was still a fantastic book. very heartwarming and emotional in parts and quite suspenseful as well. the book was based on Maria a young girl who is sent to work at hatters hall a place for the mentally ill, she is employed to take care of Isabel Montgomery who is the daughter of the main benafishary of the establishment. however it's clear that sh's not in sane, a lot of un married mothers are also locked up there to hide the shame of becoming pregnant outside of marriage, the two women quickly realise that if they don't escape they may never leave. Along with Isabel's brother and a young made they befriend who's been brought up in hatters hall they plan an escape.

The story was really good and it's saddened to see how people were treated back in the 18th century. I will read more by this author for sure and if anyone can give me any recommendations on which one to go for next I'll be happy to give it a try.

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Wrong accent but lovely story

This was another lovely story by Rosie Goodwin, I love her books but usually listen to them read by Charlie Sanderson. This narrator was reading with a Cornish accent instead of a Nuneaton accent and her reading was slow and uninteresting. I had to look past this in order to listen but it was hard to concentrate. Story lovely narration not so lovely.

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Took a little while to get into this

I enjoyed this story overall, it did take me a little while to get into as I felt it was a bit of a miserable tale, but once I got over the initial chapters I was quite hooked. There were a few things that I felt were a bit rushed - at the end Maria's and Josh's response to a disclosure was odd to say the least, but still overall I enjoyed the book. The narration was well done.

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A thoroughly feel good story

A Mothers Shame is set in the mid 1800s, when Maria Mundy is forced to go and work in the asylum by her uncaring preacher father, her down trodden mother is left trying to feed and care for the family at home. Maria then finds herself working as a ladies maid to the difficult Isabelle Montgomery who has been locked up by her father, as she is unmarried and pregnant. The story takes the two girls on a journey across the oceans; there is the usual villain and the obligatory love interest, with good overcoming adversity. The only downside to this fabulous story was the narration; having already listened to several of Rosie Goodwin books back-to-back that were narrated by Charlie Sanderson, I was slightly disappointed with Juanita McMahons interpretation of the characters voices. Charlie Sanderson does such a good job, but Juanita McMahons voice was just not quite the same, perhaps a little droll, don’t get me wrong her narration was good, but my personal opinion was that Charlie Sandersons voice would have suited the story much better. However I loved it from beginning to end and would thoroughly recommend it as a feel good easy listen.

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excellent story and narrated wonderfully keeping the story line fresh and mysterious, thoroughly enjoyable throughout.

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Lovely story

Another great listen from Rosie Goodwin. A story of ups and downs for the characters in this heartwarming story. Recommended.

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Sit back and enjoy

Once more another fantastic listen from Rosie Goodwin. I don’t want to put these books down every time I have them especially this one it had a lovely story with a twist at the end. Absolutely loved it please keep writing

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