Sally Herbert The Missing Pieces of Mum


Code 9781914451010
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A stolen past, a search for the truth, two lives changed forever

Born out of wedlock in Dublin in 1937, Phyllis grew up in a tough, church run orphanage. She thought by fulfilling her dream to become a nurse in England, her life might change, but her loveless childhood predisposed a loveless marriage and things began to spiral out of control for her and for her daughter, Sally.

Looking for the answers to why both their lives went so spectacularly wrong, led Sally to ask questions about the real identity of her mother: "Who was she? Why was she abandoned... I needed to find answers before it was too late."

After a mission lasting nearly a decade of searching archives and contacting various organisations, charities and anyone who would listen, Sally finally uncovered the truth.

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'The heart of this story is the author's mother, Phyllis, who grew up in an orphanage in Ireland, and subsequently endured a loveless marriage and never was able to feel like she belonged anywhere. As an adult her daughter begins the search for her mother's long lost family. The story is heart wrenching and tackles many social injustices. The first how her mother had ended up in the home in the first place, and then how difficult it was to get any information due to bureaucracy and government. This book is well written and informative. A beautiful tribute from Sally to her mother, who she clearly loved very dearly.'
- Netgalley

'A well-written book that tugs at the heartstrings and refuses to let go - not easily forgotten.'
- Love Reading

'The moving and heartwarming story of a love that's close to my heart - a mother and daughter. A must-read!'
- Phyllis Whitsell, author of Finding Tipperary Mary and A Song For Bridget

'It's a heartbreaking read and one that will stay with me.'
- Karen and her Books, Blogger

'A tale of hopeful resilience.'
- Buzz Magazine

'An absorbing read.... I felt genuine pleasure that she was able to find answers to her questions.'
- Family Tree Magazine


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