Books You Should Read: The Throwaway Children

Books You Should Read

Books I have read and books you should read

I haven’t written as much as I probably should in the last week, but work’s been insanely busy (good busy though) and I spent most of my evenings at the gym or with my nose stuck in a book. I’ve an ever growing list of books you should read on my Goodreads and on my Kindle and at the moment I’m getting through about two 350pages+ books per week. Hopefully the list will go down.  One of the recommended books was The Throwaway Childrenby Diney Costeloe and the it is unputdownable, heartbreaking, but with some happy parts too.

I read a bunch of great books recently, and The Throwaway Children is definitely one of the books you should read if you enjoy post WW II novels, dramas, strong female characters and heartbreaking stories with a few happy events. I never read anything by this author before, but after this book, I’m sure the next novel will soon find its way onto my Kindle.

The Throwaway Children is a story of two sisters Rita and Rosie Stevens, whose dad never came back from World War II and whose mother gave them away to an orphanage when she hooked up with a violent man, Jimmy Randall, and had a baby boy. Jimmy refused to keep the girls, aged nine and five, and made Mavis sign the papers. Those papers, however, didn’t just allow the children’s services to place the girls in care, but they gave full power to the orphanage to do whatever they wanted with the children.

What I found incredibly sad and uncomprehensible, was that the girls’ grandmother was willing to keep the girls, love them and care for them, but Emily Vanstone, a rich spinster, refused to let the children go and rather than sending them home, shipped them off to Australia as to prevent their family from ever finding them.

Rita, the older of the sisters, vowed to look after the five year old Rosie, but circumstances prevented the girls from staying together. We follow the lives of the girls, as well as their family and some other characters from the EVER Care Trust, with great precision until an event that changed Rita’s life. At that point the story jumps seven years ahead and when we meet Rosie again, she’s no longer a cute five year old, but a fifteen year old who’s been through what no teenager should ever experience.

The book had me in tears in quite a few places, but I really admired the strength that Rita showed as well as some other characters, such as the girls’ grandmother, Lilly Sharples, and Delia Watson, an Australian house-mother.

I don’t want to write too much about the plot, as I don’t want to take away from your experience reading The Throwaway Children, but I can highly recommend it. Be prepared to feel sad and distraught at times.

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