Secrets Mothers Keep [NOOK Book]

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A brutal murder occurs on an isolated farm in the 1920's in Western Australia and the victim's wife and children are violently abused, scandalizing the whole country. The killer has no apparent motivation but admits his guilt and the abused wife has to rebuild her shattered life.
Secrets Mothers Keep traces how three lives are entwined. A young English boy with learning difficulties and the precursors of mental illness, learns to cope with his 'black moods' and poor social ...
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Secrets Mothers Keep

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Overview

A brutal murder occurs on an isolated farm in the 1920's in Western Australia and the victim's wife and children are violently abused, scandalizing the whole country. The killer has no apparent motivation but admits his guilt and the abused wife has to rebuild her shattered life.
Secrets Mothers Keep traces how three lives are entwined. A young English boy with learning difficulties and the precursors of mental illness, learns to cope with his 'black moods' and poor social skills. He faces numerous challenges and finds support and strategies that enable him to survive. Finally an event makes him crack.
Lilly is a feminist with a strong social conscience; the novel follows her life and her loves until she marries her eminently capable partner Harold. Harold is murdered and Lilly and her children are subject to rape and horrific abuse. The resultant infamy of the case threatens her reputation and her core values. Her strong convictions lead her to respond in a most unlikely manner. The interplay of characters, combine to create a story reflecting the values of their time in history but with themes which still resonate today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780992296728
  • Publisher: Roleystone Courier
  • Publication date: 8/3/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 518
  • File size: 5 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    I thoroughly enjoyed this well written and well researched book!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this well written and well researched book! Historically it was extremely interesting, encompassing the history of Australian troops on their way to Gallipoli and the slaughter they encountered once they arrived. In addition, the history of Perth and Fremantle at the beginning of the 20th Century was fascinating as were the country descriptions of the hard farming life in rural Western Australia and the life of the unsung heroine who is on centre stage in Secrets Mothers Keep. 
    The author weaves a skillful tale with an intriguing plot which is well paced and holds one’s attention very compellingly. This is the type of book that one cannot put down and when the end is reached it is done so with a sense of regret. One has lost an old friend!
    I would recommend Secrets Mothers Keep to anyone who enjoys a historical novel which moves at a fast pace. 
    Jean Henrickson
    Roleystone, Western Australia

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Secrets Mothers Keep, by Linda J Bettenay, is a long way from my

    Secrets Mothers Keep, by Linda J Bettenay, is a long way from my usual sci-fi/adventure genre and initially I was hesitant to read it for this very reason but eventually my curiosity got the better of me.  I must admit I was very pleasantly surprised.
     The book is based on events which actually occurred and much of it takes place in suburbs around Perth, which are familiar to me. Despite knowing from the beginning that terrible events will take place, I was not only drawn into the lives of the characters but found myself relating to them and, regardless of their flaws, I found them very likeable.
    What I loved most about this book was that the tale did not end in the way I had expected. Yes, murder, rape and brutal abuse occurred, as was clearly described at the book’s beginning, but it was the aftermath that really held my attention. 
    While reading this book I had to keep reminding myself that there would not be a happy ending because you just can’t change history (unless it’s a sci-fi novel) but the suspense really builds up in the last part of the book. The reader really doesn’t know how it will end. When I finished, I was left with swirling thoughts but I was entirely satisfied with the conclusion. I would highly recommend this book to all in my age group, particularly 25-30 year olds or really anyone wanting to break away from their preferred genres -  try out this great example of historical fiction. I can’t wait for the next one!
    Rebecca Broadbent, 
    Thornlie, WA.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Secrets Mothers Keep is a fascinating chronicle of events in the

    Secrets Mothers Keep is a fascinating chronicle of events in the early 1900's. It was very interesting and thought provoking. I have learnt more about Australia whilst reading this book than I have in the last 50 years since arriving in WA from the UK. The author's meticulous research into the authenticity of this story is without doubt a work of real dedication. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read. This book is definitely on par with Judy Nunn and Di Morrissey. I found I couldn't put it down and I read it over 24 hours! I hope Linda J Bettenay has another one in the pipeline. I'll be buying it for sure!
    Wendy K Bishop-McCulloch, Roleystone 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    'Secrets Mothers Keep' is a fabulous book, written by Linda Bett

    'Secrets Mothers Keep' is a fabulous book, written by Linda Bettenay. The story is a fascinating study of the complexities of human nature. The author begins with an insight into the early years in the life of each character, creating a real sense of empathy and connection for the reader. We are then treated to the journey of their lives including: loves won and lost, friendships formed in war torn times, family ties and struggles.
    The book also studies the effects of society's views on women at that time and sadly on the lack of knowledge and available treatment for those afflicted with serious mental illness. Sufferers were often hidden or, in this case, sent away by their families. It continues through their lives with wonderful descriptions of life in a small Australian town and the trust which grows with years of friendship. We are taken on a gripping roller coaster of emotions as the story builds to a violent crescendo.
    A truly amazing, thought provoking read!
    Pam Hunter
    Roleystone

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2014

    I have just finished "Secrets Mothers Keep" by Linda J

    I have just finished "Secrets Mothers Keep" by Linda J Bettenay.
    This was a far different genre to most books I read - it was a gift to me from my own mother. I absolutely loved the book and commend the author for the wonderful word pictures she has developed. It was a real page turner. 
    As an avid reader and keen student of history, I have read quite a few historical novels and this story ranks right up there with the best of them. It is amazing to have such a tragic yet well told and ultimately uplifting story set in this beautiful part of the world. 
    I look forward to reading more of Linda J Bettenay's  books in the future.
    Mike M

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