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A Daughter's Secret by Anne Bennett

By Anne Bennett

A relocating and gritty saga of loss, separation and eventually wish, set in wartime Birmingham

Agnes Sullivan is fifteen whilst her younger brother Tom unearths her under the influence of alcohol and crying within the lane close to their farm. Her dancing instructor has raped her and deserted her. Aggie is compelled to depart domestic whilst she discovers she's pregnant and Tom, slightly himself, comes to a decision the instructor needs to pay for his actions.

Aggie flees to Birmingham, however the shelter she's been promised seems to be too risky to stick in. She's left with few concepts till somebody she could by no means have spoken to in her former existence supplies her the assistance she so desperately wishes. yet will international struggle One spoil her precarious hopes of a future?

Anne Bennett's sagas of Birmingham in the course of the wars have gained her many lovers, as they're packed jam-packed with emotion, decision and authenticity. neighborhood sagas don't come any larger than this.

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A few months later in January of 1949, Lt. Halvorsen thought of little Mercedes and Peter Zimmerman and all the children in Berlin as he flew out of Tempelhof for the very last time. It didn’t seem possible that his seven-month tour of duty in the Berlin Airlift had ended. He was sad to go, but as the clouds parted toward America he smiled, knowing his candy drops to the children would go on with the help of trusted pilot friends. What Lt. Halvorsen didn’t know that day, was that his story in Berlin wasn’t over....

Mercedes fed each chicken a worm and tried not to cry. She loved her four feathered pets, but Mama would not be happy. Eggs were more precious than gold in West Berlin during the Russian blockade. ” Walking up the bomb-splintered steps to her apartment, Mercedes was sure her white chickens were just too scared of the thundering planes of the airlift to lay their eggs. Night and day they roared overhead like huge silver birds into nearby Tempelhof Air Field to unload their supplies. But Mercedes would never complain about the great soaring grocery stores that everyone called Raisinbombers, because they carried yummy raisins to eat!

Every day, he rained down sweets on the children who cheered the planes landing on Tempelhof’s runway. As Mama read, Mercedes learned how the tall, friendly pilot had talked with these children one day at the fence near the runway’s end. “The children didn’t ask him for candy,” Mama read, “only sweet freedom. Still, before he had to go, he searched his pocket for gum. ” Mercedes asked. “He split the sticks for four lucky children,” Mama read, “and the others tore slivers of the foil to smell as their sweet treats.

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