The Forgotten Children The Forgotten Children

The Forgotten Children

Unforgettable and heartbreaking WW2 historical fiction

    • 4.5 • 11 Ratings
    • $3.99
    • $3.99

Publisher Description

Paris, 1941. As we drive down the cobbled street, I take in the red banners with swastikas covering every building. Suddenly a group of guards appears. I duck beneath the window of the car, and my heart thumps as my hand jumps to my chest. But I’m not wearing my yellow star now, I left it with my sister. Tears well in my eyes. Will I ever see her again?

1939. Standing in front of the orphanage’s imposing stone walls, eleven-year-old Jewish twins Helga and Ruth shiver with fear. The war has taken their mother and father, their home in Berlin has been turned to rubble, but their soft, dark eyes meet and Helga gives Ruth a reassuring smile. They should be safe here together.

Yet every day bombs fly overhead. And when Ruth becomes desperately unwell, the girls are torn apart. As war rages on, will they ever find each other?

Paris, 1990. When Naomi moves to Paris, she hopes the city will help her find herself again. But whilst exploring the antique markets in the early morning sun, she is shocked to discover a duplicate of a photograph her mother Helga has on her mantelpiece back in London of a magnificent vine-covered villa on the outskirts of the city. Naomi soon discovers it was used as an orphanage during the Second World War. But why was the photo so precious to her mother?

When Naomi tells her mother what she’s found, Helga is furious. She begs Naomi to leave the orphanage alone. But Naomi is already desperate to discover the truth about her mother and the secrets of the other forgotten children of Montmorency. If Naomi learns the heart-shattering mistake her mother made, it will change their lives forever. But if she leaves the secrets in the past, Helga will never find out what happened to her sister…

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 Ann Bennett:

‘So captivating, I was on edge while flipping through the pages as fast as I could… Truly heart-warming… Emotional, heartbreaking… I loved this… A must-read!’ Pageturners ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘ALL. THE. STARS… You’ll be emotionally wrung out, yet absolutely spellbound… a heart-warming story that’ll have you reaching for your tissues… breathtaking… needs to be on every historical fiction lover’s TBR list.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘The best book of the year… You will forget that you need to do any work, household chores or just have a cup of tea. Let the whole world wait while you enjoy reading… wonderful… will not let you go for a minute!… Unforgettable.’Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Amazing… had me in tears, with my heart in my throat… the end of it made all my tears worthwhile.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I couldn’t put it down… don’t forget your tissues… a heart breaker.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Oh my goodness, I loved this book!… A must-read.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 18
Carmelite House

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