Has reading for pleasure become a distant memory? Do you spend more time reading picture books aloud than getting lost in the latest thriller or rom-com? If you’re looking for a book club you can join from the comfort of your sofa, you’re in the right place.
Each month we’ll choose one book, and get together at 8.30pm on the first Monday of the following month, to chat about it on Facebook. There’s no pressure to do it every month, and there’s loads of other book-related chat on the group – you can join here now!
Our next read-along, to be discussed on Monday October 1st at 8.30pm in The Motherload® Book Club is…
All My Mother’s Secrets by Beezy Marsh
From the grimy streets of Acton and Notting Hill to the bright lights of the West End, Beezy Marsh’s All My Mother’s Secrets is a powerful, uplifting story of a young woman’s struggle to come to terms with her family’s tragic past.
Annie Austin’s childhood ends at the age of twelve, when she joins her mother in one of the slum laundries of Acton, working long hours for little pay. What spare time she has is spent looking after her younger brother George and her two stepsisters, under the glowering eye of her stepfather Bill. In London between the wars, a girl like Annie has few choices in life – but a powerful secret will change her destiny.
All Annie knows about her real father is that he died in the Great War, and as the years pass she is haunted by the pain of losing him. Her downtrodden mother won’t tell her more and Annie’s attempts to uncover the truth threaten to destroy her family. Distraught, she runs away to Covent Garden, but can she survive on her own and find the love which has eluded her so far?
You can buy it here from Amazon for £6.99 paperback or get it on your Kindle for £0.99 straight away.
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