The Orphan House by Ann Bennett

 The Orphan House

The Orphan House: Absolutely gripping and heartbreaking historical fiction by Ann Bennett
English | 2021| Historical| ePUB | 3.3 MB

Ann Bennett was born in a small village in Northamptonshire, UK.
She read Law at Cambridge and qualified and practised as a solicitor.
During a career break, to have children, she started to write.
Her father had been a prisoner of war on the Thailand-Burma Railway and the idea for Bamboo Heart came from researching his wartime experiences.
The research took her to Southeast Asia, a place she loves and has returned to many times.
She lives in Surrey with her husband and three sons and works in London as a lawyer.

As she looks at the baby wriggling in her father’s arms, a bolt of recognition goes through her and she takes a step back.
And it’s in that moment that she begins to protect her father’s secrets.

1934, Weirfield-on-Thames.
Connie Burroughs loves living in the orphanage that her father runs.
Exploring its nooks and crannies with her sister, hearing the pounding of a hundred pairs of feet on the wooden stairs, having a father who is doing so much good.
But everything changes the day she sees him carrying a newborn baby that he says he found near the broken front gate.
A baby she recognises . . . .

Present day.
Arriving at her father’s beloved cottage beside the river, Sarah Jennings is hoping for peace and quiet, to escape her difficult divorce.
But when she finds her father unwell and hunched over boxes of files on the orphanage where he was abandoned as a child, she decides to investigate it herself.

The only person left alive who lived at Cedar Hall is Connie Burroughs, but Connie sits quietly in her nursing home for a reason.
The sewing box under Connie’s bed hides secrets that will change Sarah’s life forever, uncovering a connection between them that has darker consequences than she could ever imagine.

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