I was very anxious to read “The Lost Sisters” by Lindsey Hutchinson. The story begins with Orpha Buchanan’s mother physically and verbally abusing her, finally throwing her out of the house. Albert, Orpha’s father, obviously has no idea that this treatment is happening to his daughter and she is afraid to tell him. Not only that, but previously and infant daughter was “stolen by Gypsies” as an infant, never to be found. After roaming the countryside, Orpha meets up with Peg and is taken in by her. Lo, and behold, they find that they are sisters. Peg is the long lost infant. Although I admired the ability of the author to conjure up these instances, the longer I read, the more inconceivable it became. Hortense Buchanan was an evil woman and how she got away with all she did, abuse, arson, murder…is beyond me. Although I read the book in its entirety, I questioned every new coincidence that occurred. Albert’s inability to see the truth, his apathy in bringing his wife to justice, his “other’ life that was brought to light… just really irritated me. And through it all Orpha becomes a successful entrepreneur. The ending was unbelievable. I’m sorry, but I would not recommend this book.
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