The Forgotten Children

Ann Bennett

Wonderful and heartbreaking… This captivating story had me in tears more than once… Heart-warming… An absolute must read… I highly recommend it.’ Page Turners, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Berlin, 1938. The sound of screaming and shattered glass hurts my ears as the Nazis storm the streets outside our home. I risk a glance at my twin sister, Ruth, as we hide together under the bed. I can see the fear on my face mirrored in her identical one. We are Jewish, and we know what will happen if they find us…

Even though we escape, our beloved mother and father disappear. Did the men in uniforms take them away? Ruth cries and I try to dry her tears but I am crying too. We are only eleven and we are all alone. But we promise to stay together forever.

Finally arriving at the gates of an orphanage, clutching each other’s hands tight, we think we must be safe. So long as no one discovers who we really are…

Fifty years later. I hold the faded photograph with shaking hands and gaze at Ruth’s laughing face: her full cheeks, her dark eyes sparkling. Now, my own face is lined and my eyes are tired. Would she even still recognise me? And when my daughter asks what happened in the war, could finally sharing my own terrible secrets help me find Ruth again, somehow?

Breathtaking and unputdownable, this story is about courage, hope and the resilience of the human spirit, perfect for fans of Before We Were Yours, Sold on a Monday and The Orphan’s Tale.

What readers are saying about The Forgotten Children:

Captivated me… a gripping and heartbreaking story. Such an excellent story!… The ending was superb, the light shines through in such a beautiful way! I loved this book.’ Vegan Book Blogger, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Perfectly described as unforgettable and heartbreaking WW2 historical fiction, this one had me in tears… I hadn’t expected to be writing this at 3 am on a weekday but here I am. About 70% into the book, I just wanted to keep on reading and the next thing I knew was that I was done.’ @mybooknest7, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I highly recommend this excellent book but suggest you have tissues close by.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Forget sleeping if you read in bed so many emotions you just keep saying one more page next thing the book is finished.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Get those tissues ready, and prepare for some restless nights… This is a real page-turner… A real heart-wrencher… Filled with warm and tender moments and memories. ’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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