From the grimy streets of Acton and Notting Hill to the bright lights of the West End, All My Mother’s Secrets is a powerful, uplifting story from bestselling author Beezy Marsh.
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. In London between the wars, a girl like Annie has few life choices – but a powerful secret will change her destiny. All Annie knows about her real father is that he died in the Great War. 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, but can she survive on her own and find the love which has eluded her so far?
“A moving and bittersweet story.” THE SUN, on Keeping My Sisters’ Secrets