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The Forgotten Home Child af Genevieve Graham

The Forgotten Home Child (udgave 2020)

af Genevieve Graham (Forfatter)

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Titel:The Forgotten Home Child
Forfattere:Genevieve Graham (Forfatter)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2020), 384 pages
Samlinger:British Home Children
Nøgleord:Fiction, BHC

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The Forgotten Home Child af Genevieve Graham


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This review was originally posted on Once Upon a ChapterI received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was it. This was the one. The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham is what landed her on my auto-buy list of authors. (Just to be clear there's only one other author so far that I will buy whatever they decide to put out. Most of my other pre-orders are series continuations or buzz from other bloggers.) Graham had me spellbound. I stayed up pretty late for me on a workweek night to get as far as I could. The next day I stayed up until 2 am to finish it. I had to know what happened.

While the way Graham decided to tell us Winny's story isn't necessarily new, it is captivating. Of course Graham had her unique way of doing so. We get snippets of the present with the majority of the book being written in Winny's past. It is some past. Then we have chapters that alternate between Winny and Jack. Graham won points because she taught me something new about fairly recent history. I was completely floored. I really want to go into detail about it but it might be a pretty big spoiler and I hate spoilers.

The Forgotten Home Child made me feel all of the emotions. All. Of. Them. My face has never contorted in rage while reading a book. My face completely gives me away every time. I've never been so angry as I was when I read parts of this book. Face contortions happened. I teared up multiple times throughout the book. It also filled me with pride for Winny and her rag tag family. What Winny and her friends experienced was horrific and that's just the beginning of it. I'm still stunned by the way they refused to give up or be what they were told they were.

I adored the characters in this book. I really connected with Winny and therefore by default with Mary, Jack, Edward, and Cecil. It made reading much more intense. I rallied with them. I was with them when they were broken. Reading The Forgotten Home Child was such a great experience and it made me aware of a part of history that isn't talked about. It just recently received attention within the last 5 or so years. It's a part of history that has effects still today.

I really could keep going on and on about The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham. It was an amazing read and I enjoyed it so much that I pre-ordered a copy. I don't think that you need to be a fan of historical fiction to fall in love this book. I truly believe that it will resonate with all readers. It's a beautiful story that needed to be written. Now it needs to be read. ( )
  stephaniedloves2read | Aug 8, 2021 |
Historical novel about the english orphans that were sent to Canada to work on farms and find a new life. Some did better than others, adopted by cruel farmers and abused. We follow 5 children that come to the Toronto area and go their separate ways. Simple writing, easy to read. ( )
  janismack | Jun 27, 2021 |
This story reminded me of two books I’ve read recently dealing with the Canadian home children. Both were told by the oldest child trying to locate their siblings. This story was very different in that it was told through the orphans who were selected and sent to Canada. They had no parents they were on their own and were convinced this would be a win win for all parties involved.

It’s unimaginable how these kids were treated, the living conditions and what they were fed was inhumane. The story didn’t get too graphic where you can’t read it but enough to get you teary eyed. Everyone thought this would work out well for all, but it wasn’t for many of these young kids.

This story begins in 2018 the back cover says, “At ninety-seven years old, Winnifred Ellis knows she doesn’t have much time left, and it is almost a relief to realize that once she is gone, the truth about her shameful past will die with her. But when her great-grandson Jamie, the spitting image of her dear late husband, asks about his family tree, Winnifred can’t lie any longer, even if it means breaking a promise, she made so long ago...”

Somethings can’t be erased from your soul, but Winnifred learned to compartmentalize the horrific treatment, abuse and living conditions she experienced back then. She realizes that by telling her story (finally) to her family she is set free from the secrets she has hidden away. The ones that have been eating at her mind and heart. I felt for Winny and her friends. I’m glad they had each other.

I learned so much from this story and appreciated the author notes to readers where she details what actually happened with pictures from the time and other facts. This is the first book I’ve read by this author it won’t be the last.

This novel would be great for your next book club pick. The author includes 21 book topics and questions for discussion in the back. This is a story you won’t soon forget.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!
The Book Club Network blog www.bookfun.org ( )
  norastlaurent | Jun 30, 2020 |
When I started investigating my family history I had never heard of Home Children. I discovered I had at least 2 in my family and began to read everything I could find about them and was amazed to discover that more than four million Canadians are descendants of Home Children. I chose to immigrate to Canada and have had a better life than I would have had in England but for most of the Home Children it didn't work that way and they were ashamed of their origins.The Forgotten Home Child is based on the author's research and the stories of real Home Children. This book is a brilliantly written novel and will inspire the reader to learn more about the Home Children and perhaps discover them in their own family. ( )
  19anne44 | Jun 12, 2020 |
As you read The Forgotten Home Child written by Genevieve Graham, the most important thing to remember is that this fictional story is based on actual events. This book is well written, and the characters were soundly developed. What impressed me the most about this book was how impeccably and painstakingly the research was done. Ms. Graham uses real-life events to tell a heartbreaking story of how between 1869 to 1948, approximately 100,000 to 130,000 children were taken from England’s streets, orphanages, and homes and then shipped to other countries, under the guise of a better life. Some of these children’s stories were happy, but the majority of them ended in some tragedy. One of the countries these children were sent to was Canada. Unfortunately, the primary purpose these children were sent to Canada was to rid England of these unwanted children. Canada then embraced these children by making them indentured servants where they worked on farms or as domestic servants. These destitute children were between the ages of three and eighteen. Ms. Graham, a native of Canada, makes no excuses for the involvement of her country; when she came across this part of her country’s history, she was shocked and saddened and felt compelled to share the stories of the British Home Children.

In The Forgotten Home Child, Ms. Graham brings these children’s story to life, through the characters, Winny, Mary, Jack Cecil, and Edward. Ms. Graham takes the many stories she discovered through her research and applies them to these characters to tell this harrowing story of survival. As I read this novel, I fell in love with all these characters, who are authentic and believable. Ninety-seven-year-old Whinny narrates much of this story to her granddaughter and her great-grandson. Sharing her family history for the first time, Winny tells what happened in her life between 1936 to 2018. Through the writing of Ms. Graham, the humiliation and stigma these children endured daily is described in excruciating detail. These events which carried over and affected much of their adult lives are palpable throughout the entire book.

History does not always paint a pretty picture, but we must remember the mistakes that were made so that they are never repeated. There are over four million decedents of the British Home Children living across Canada. Everything you read in The Forgotten Home Child has happened to these children. This book was not always easy to read; there are many instances of child abuse. However, I believe it was necessary to give credence to this vital part of history. This book would work well in a book club setting as it lends itself to intense discussion. I highly recommend this book.

* I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley, Simon & Schuster, and Genevieve Graham. I was not contacted, asked, or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion. * ( )
  PageTurnerReviews | May 25, 2020 |
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