“The Orphan Sisters” by Shirley Dickson was one of the saddest novels I have read. It is written about two sisters, Esther, 4 and Dorothy, almost 8, whose mother dropped them off at an orphanage in 1929. Not understanding why their mom never returned for them, Etty grew up distrustful of everyone and harboring an intense dislike, almost hatred, for her mother. Dorothy knew a little of why they were left there but never shared with Etty. As they grew older, Dorothy, at age sixteen, had to strike out on her own, leaving Etty at the orphanage. Dorothy married and when Etty was fifteen, Dorothy petitioned to have her live with her. Her husband was called up to serve. What happens next to the two girls is both happy and very sad. Suffice it to say, that the war made difficult and extreme demands on everyone. There was no end to suffering and still, the citizens stayed loyal and determined.
I enjoyed reading this book but was also very sad because of the circumstances that the two girls had to endure.
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