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By Dilly Court

ISBN-10: 0099538822

ISBN-13: 9780099538820

ISBN-10: 1409023435

ISBN-13: 9781409023432

Whilst seventeen-year-old Belinda Phillips falls in love with a good-looking Anglo-Indian officer, she is aware that he's a guy she will be able to by no means wish to marry. while he's stated lacking, believed killed in motion, Belinda discovers that she is pregnant. dealing with shame and spoil, she has no alternative except to simply accept an prepared marriage with a middle-aged widower, figuring out she needs to preserve the key of her kid's delivery for ever. Reluctantly she sends her loved daughter to a foster mom in Cripplegate, little realising she has entrusted Cassy's care to Biddy Henchard, a lady who runs a infamous child farm in a space jam-packed with poverty and sickness. regardless of her poor upbringing, Cassy survives the previous woman's merciless forget. all of the whereas she goals of a mom she hasn't ever identified, hoping she is going to come and store her from her dreadful destiny. but if Biddy dies all at once, ten-year-old Cassy reveals herself destitute and with little wish of ever discovering the mum she so longs for...

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In the room directly above her she could hear the deep rumble of a man’s voice followed by shrieks of female laughter. There was a brief silence followed by the rhythmic creak of the bedsprings, suggesting that Wall-eyed Betty was at it again with one of her gentlemen. Well, a girl had to live as Betty often said with a wink of her pale blue eye; the other was brown, hence her nickname. She shared the room with Edna, a fresh-faced girl from the country who had come to London to seek her fortune and in less than a year had changed into a shrill she-cat with a voice that could shatter glass, and a vocabulary of swear words that even made Bailey blush.

It’ll cost yer then,’ Bailey muttered. ’ Mahdu leaned against the damp brick wall of the debtors’ prison. ’ She closed her eyes and tears trickled unbidden down her lined cheeks as she thought of her homeland, and the months spent in the hills where the pine-scented air was touched with a chill from the snow-capped Himalayas, and the sun shone down on the baked red earth scattered with the blossoms of bougainvillea and golden marigolds. She could hear her mistress’s musical, soft-toned voice calling to her on the day after their arrival in Simla.

Then there was the matter of sending out bills to those tardy in paying the cost of care for their offspring, although Cassy was painfully aware that Biddy accepted payment for infants long dead, and only admitted their demise if threatened with a visit from the parent or if they were in a position to reclaim their fostered child. Cassy sat on a low stool with baby Anna in her arms, feeding her cow’s milk from a spoon. Head lice crawled through the infant’s thin blonde hair and Cassy’s scalp itched at the sight of them.

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