A Mother's Secret by Dilly Court

By Dilly Court

Whilst seventeen-year-old Belinda Phillips falls in love with a good-looking Anglo-Indian officer, she is familiar with that he's a guy she will by no means wish to marry. whilst he's mentioned lacking, believed killed in motion, Belinda discovers that she is pregnant. dealing with shame and destroy, she has no choice except to simply accept an prepared marriage with a middle-aged widower, understanding she needs to preserve the key of her kid's delivery for ever. Reluctantly she sends her liked daughter to a foster mom in Cripplegate, little realising she has entrusted Cassy's care to Biddy Henchard, a girl who runs a infamous child farm in a space packed with poverty and ailment. regardless of her bad upbringing, Cassy survives the outdated woman's merciless forget. all of the whereas she goals of a mom she hasn't ever recognized, hoping she's going to come and keep her from her dreadful destiny. but if Biddy dies unexpectedly, ten-year-old Cassy unearths herself destitute and with little wish of ever discovering the mum she so longs for...

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I’m trying to find Three Herring Court,’ Mahdu said, ignoring his impudent question. ’ The boy eyed her curiously. She wasn’t from round these parts, it was clear. It was too dark to make out her features or the colour of her skin, but her voice was soft and gentle. ’ He held out his hand, but the woman was obviously wise to the ways of street urchins and she took a penny from her purse, holding it high above his head. He decided against snatching it from her as there was a copper on the beat somewhere in the vicinity and a scream from the old girl would bring him running.

You’re a good girl, Cassy. ’ ‘Oh, but I have, Mr Crabbe. There’s Bailey, he’s like the best brother a girl could have, and I ain’t no orphan. I got a ma but she’s an Indian lady, so Biddy says. I think she’s in service somewhere in London, and she comes once a year on me birthday to give Biddy the money for me keep. ’ Elias slammed his hand down on the coffin lid. ‘You earn your keep and more. ’ ‘She can’t help it,’ Cassy cried passionately. ’ ‘It would explain your looks,’ Elias said, squinting at her as if seeing her clearly for the first time.

Anna was probably six months old, although like the others she had not come with a birth certificate and her exact age was a matter of conjecture. She had been frail and puny right from the start and she would, Cassy thought sadly, be unlikely to see her first birthday whenever that might be. She changed the baby’s soiled rags and put her down in her box on a bed of straw covered by a thin piece of blanket. Anna looked like a wax doll, and it seemed to Cassy as though she was already laid out in her coffin.

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