My Secret Sister: Jenny Lucas And Helen Edwards' Family Story by Helen EdwardsMy Secret Sister: Jenny Lucas And Helen Edwards' Family Story by Helen Edwards

My Secret Sister: Jenny Lucas And Helen Edwards' Family Story

byHelen Edwards, Jenny Lee Smith

Paperback | March 14, 2013

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The powerful story of two sisters separated at birth, one abused and one loved, and their search to understand their past.Helen grew up in a pit village in Tyneside in the post-war years, with her gran, aunties and uncles living nearby. She felt safe with them, but they could not protect her from her neglectful mother and violent father. Behind closed doors, she suffered years of abuse. Sometimes she talked to an imaginary sister, the only one who understood her pain. Jenny was adopted at six weeks and grew up in Newcastle. An only child, she knew she was loved, and with the support of her parents she went on to become a golfing champion, but still she felt that something was missing. . . Neither woman knew of the other's existence until, in her fifties, Jenny went looking for her birth family and found her sister Helen. Together they searched for the truth about Jenny's birth - and uncovered a legacy of secrets that overturned everything Helen thought she knew about her family. Happily, they also discovered that they were not just sisters, they were twins. Inspirational and moving, this is the story of two women brave enough to confront their past, and strong enough to let love not bitterness define them.
Helen Edwards became a theatre nurse before training as a psychotherapist and hynoptherapist. She is now retired and lives in Northumberland. Jenny Lee Smith was the top professional woman's golfer in Europe. Today she lives in Kent and breeds dogs.
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Title:My Secret Sister: Jenny Lucas And Helen Edwards' Family StoryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:448 pages, 5.32 × 7.86 × 1.18 inShipping dimensions:5.32 × 7.86 × 1.18 inPublished:March 14, 2013Publisher:Pan MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1447228871

ISBN - 13:9781447228875

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Interesting I cannot finish this book. Its not something I look forward to reading so I stopped.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good book A sad tale of what could have been. A touching and emotional story of 2 sisters with no knowledge of eachother and the vastly different paths their lives took them down.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed but.... I did feel compelled to finish. The sisters had a professional writer tell their stories. The only problem with this is that she uses virtually the same voice for two people who grew up in very different circumstances. It's a little hokey when they figure out all the coincidences in their lives and the last part is a bit rushed and not completely convincing.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderfully done! This was a wonderful story and difficult to believe that it was true and could actually happen. The only reason for not giving 5 stars was that I felt that it was not written by an experienced writer and the style lacked something. However, this did not take from my enjoyment and once I got into the story, I just had to see what happened !
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Worth The Hype The majority of this book focused on Helen and Jenny Lee's life prior to them meeting, which is fair considering that they were middle aged by the time they met. Jenny Lee's story line was pretty...boring. She had a great childhood and family life, and she recounted her journey to becoming a pro-golfer...but there was no real plot or anything to keep you coming back. Helen had a lot more going on; the abuse and neglect from her parents, her relationship with her brother and his girlfriend/fiancee/wife, constantly moving, different jobs, etc. There was a lot going on and Helen had the more dramatic and dynamic story line. It was really interesting to read about Jenny's search for her birth family and all the info she and Helen uncover. Final Verdict: While this was a best seller and were parts were engaging, this book felt like a lot of it was written for the sake of the story or to create coincidence between the sisters. There were aspects that I liked, but the story seemed forced and amateurishly written. I would suggest reading the description, and it if appeal to you to give it a read. I'm meh about this book and likely won't recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from bittersweet A touching story. I did at times feel it was a matter of fact back and forth description of their lives, and didn't feel any real emotion until the last have of the book. Their determination is admirable. The story it's so compelling I worked through some of the writing
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good quite a nice read, I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great true story Great read that pulls on your emotions at times, especially during Helen's younger years. Amazing to see what two siblings lives can be like when they grow up in 2 different households, and yet how their paths had crossed so many times without them knowing. Just goes to show that them growing up feeling like something was missing wasn't just a child's dream or yearning, and how determination to seek beyond can change the life that you knew in one small moment. Definitely recommend for anyone interested in true stories that touch on both history and the heartstrings.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I liked this book but It was a little bit slow.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A sad book and an unforgettable one This book moved me in many ways. I found it to be very absorbing and super fast read.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright i guess overall this book had highs and lows. Not my first pick but not awful
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I coudnt put this book down! The story is absolutely amazing - it definitely pulls on all your emotions! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this Book Got this book as a gift for Christmas. Loved it and had it read before I knew it.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a story! A must have for your library.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love, Love, Love I am saddened to see that a few people have been overly critical of this book. Personally, I find that it weaves the stories of these two sisters in a beautiful way. Each character is rounded out as well as possible, given what the sisters knew of them. I especially love that the chapters alternate from a story told by one sister to a story told by the other. each of these chapters is properly written to sound different in tone and expression despite being written by a single ghostwriter. As a ghostwriter myself (in part of my job) I believe their ghostwriter's talents and abilities are something everyone in our field should strive for. Great story.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Very good read. Very powerful and heart-wrenching story.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My Secret Sister I enjoyed the book. Heartbreaking all that Helen endured as a child. It would have been nice to hear more about Jenny's life.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting It was a good story. I enjoyed it for the most part. However, I found the surprise in the ending to take away from the whole point of the story. It sort of made the story feel less special.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Torn The story of the two sisters is very touching. Feel so heartbroken for the sisters. The context in which it was written was not the best though.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good and Bad I hate rating a book that is a true story. I believe the sisters used a ghost writer to write the book for them and the writing was terrible. However, the story that was told was magnificent. I found it hard to read Helen's story in that I wanted to jump into the book and save this little girl from her mother and father. Having a toddler myself, I felt much hatred for Helen's mother. I realize the father is more to blame but what kind of mother doesn't protect her own child but instead, pushes the abuser to lose his temper?? Or never shows any sort of love and affection to their own child?? Helen also made me a bit mad in still bowing to her mother's every need once she was older and could rid herself of this monster. In the end, I did really enjoy the book, I just wish they would've chosen a different ghost writer as I believe their story could have been better told.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read One of the best biography that I have read
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is so exciting!! I just read the imfo and that was so heartbreaking. SOOOOOOO excitied to read this
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the best! Definitely one of the best books I've ever read! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from my secret sister It was an okay book. I found that the book talked more about the abused sister than the other one. Is it that she felt her story was not as important or as strong? I felt like Jenny's story was rushed compared to Helen's.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! An absolute must read - an incredible story of two sisters who knew, but didn't really know! Amazing!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from One Sided I felt this book was very one sided to the one sister. It was more so written for the abused sister than the one who had a happier childhood. I do feel sorry for the abused sister and at the end of the book you really want to contact the writer and ask her how she is doing. But the one sister, could have written the whole book on her childhood.
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cannot finish this book This book goes on and on and on endlessly about the bitterness of the one family, and while one can be very sympathetic, this was a pity party that had no end. I would like to think it ended well, but have too many books I am looking forward to reading and just almost cringe when I think about trying to finish this one. Sorry, but definitely NOT a good read in my opinion.
Date published: 2016-03-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cannot finish This book goes on and on and on endlessly about the bitterness of the one family, and while one can be very sympathetic, this was a pity party that had no end. I would like to think it ended well, but have too many books I am looking forward to reading and just almost cringe when I think about trying to finish this one. Sorry, but definitely NOT a good read in my opinion.
Date published: 2016-03-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible! This story reads like a self-published book that needed a professional writer. While one is no doubt that Helen, the abused twin, had a terrible upbringing she enabled the same victimization well into adulthood, confusing it with personal strength. She continues her litany of self-pity years after the abuse ended. “I went into the bathroom and stared at my face in the mirror…Suddenly, in front of that mirror, waves of grief washed over me.” Jenny’s story is better, but not much. I would not encourage anyone to buy this book as it is not worth the purchase price. My copy is now in the recycle bin.
Date published: 2015-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 'Real' Book This book is both biographical and amazing. The insight into so many characters was intriguing and probably fairly accurate. I enjoyed this. I could recognize moments of my own dysfunctional childhood, so the book ran true for me.
Date published: 2015-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming His was an amazing book that had me crying and smiling throughout! I have two sisters and we have been inseparable our whole lives and two parents that love each other and the three of us unconditionally! I can't imagine a life like theirs. An amazing read!
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Secret Sister I couldn't put it down. A very interesting And heart-wrenching story. So glad these two women found each other. I felt like I was right there going through the pain and suffering that Helen went through and the happiness and sadness that Jennie had in her life. The strengths these two women have in themselves is amazing. And I wish them long life and happiness with each other and their families.
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Secret Sistetr Amazing how the sisters were able to tell their life stories and keep me suspended. I was not able to put the book down. I was upset about what Helen had to endure for all those years, without getting help. A must read.
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Secret Sister This was a lovely book. A wonderful story of courage and determination on the part of both sisters - in different ways. Also inicredible how the universe seemed to be trying to get the twins back together over the year in so many near opportunities. I loved it and was sorry when it ended.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Secret Sister This is a very poignant story. It holds your attention throughout its pages. It is very disturbing but at the same time inspiring. It has many twists and surprises, especially towards the last part of the book. I would give this book a 10 out of 10!
Date published: 2015-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Secret sister Well written. It is interesting how both girls wanted to find their family.they both lived such different lives. Sometimes countries apart. They had time that they both were able to use in their quest.
Date published: 2015-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Secret Sister Thank you Helen an Jenny for sharing your story, I coudn't put it down! So emotional but a must read page turner.
Date published: 2015-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My secret sister Loved reading it best ending ever very emotional to read could not put the book down. I give it a five star.
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Great true story, couldn't put it down! Sad to read what one sister had to go through. She is such a strong women!
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This is a terrific true story . It shows u need to do what u feel no matter what the price. These ladies found true happiness. Its a shame helen had such a harsh childhood.
Date published: 2015-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Very sad, sometimes hard to read about the abuse. Worth it though, with the wonderful ending. Interesting about the Narcisstic Personality Disorder.
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My secret sister Heartbtreaking at the same time encouraging. Helen surely had a lot of courage to endure such abuse, but still love her mother.
Date published: 2015-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Read This was an interesting book and a decent read. I have never been much of a golf fan but I think golf fans would be very intrigued with the story of Jenny Lee Smith and her search for her birth family. Much of the book is Helen's story with Jenny's story as support which makes sense as Helen had a such a dysfunctional childhood, which always makes a better story, and because it is also the story of the girls' mother, who raised Helen. Not a life changing book but certainly head shaking. It amazed me how many times the girls' lives crossed paths without them realizing at the time. I loved that the chapters were written so simply and with such clear voices. Having read their stories, I feel like I really like these women and wish them a wonderful future.
Date published: 2015-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Similarity of story in the adoption search and being found This book caught my attention because I was also adopted and only found out when I was in my 40s. I was struck by the similarity of experience around connection and synchronicities that occur even when you do not know that someone else exists. While my own story is somewhat different (as in there was both no abuse and no fame) I did also write a memoir - Embracing the Stranger in Me: A Journey to Openheartedness and found it fascinating to read about how each sister felt in the search and in the being found - very resonate with my own experience. I did find, for me, that the story seemed a bit dissociated even though written in the first person and I don't know if that was because some of the subject matter was a bit difficult or because, I discovered at the end, there was ghost writer trying to write in two different voices. In any event, I read it through to the end in a couple of days.
Date published: 2015-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My secret sister Very sad story.....how any mother could be so cruel is beyond me! It amazes me how Helen survived! Very heartwarming ending. enjoyed the book, well done!
Date published: 2015-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fascinating Ultimately This story is really about the power of our choices and further the powerful consequences that are a direct result of our actions. Anyway this book was fascinating to read and gave me so much insight as to how powerful our choices really are and how much of an impact they can have!
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It gripped my attention from start to finish and did not disappoint. A must read!
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! This book flows and evolves through the lives of two sisters separated in infancy, only to be reunited 44 years later. Very engrossing read. It is exhilerating to discover that two lives meant to be intertwined, do find a way, against all odds.
Date published: 2015-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Secret Sister Great read. Can't believe what she went through and didn't give up. She was an amazing person. Jenny was also an amazing person for not giving up and finding her twin. Two amazing women. Sure glad things have changed with adoption since then. Their children must be so proud of them. I am sure they will enjoy the rest of their long lives.
Date published: 2015-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved this! I bought this book while in Montreal and I do not regret it.
Date published: 2015-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secret Sisters A great read. Very sad for Helen who had a horrible childhood. I'm glad they're together now. Very well written. Kept my interest throughout.
Date published: 2015-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Secret Sister Amazing story of the trials and tribulations of 2 very strong women Loved this book I cried, laughed got angry and was amazed
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Draws you in The story is well written. The feelings of the women come through as do their questions and fears. Well paced, a good read with a very happy ending.
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable to see what these girls wnt though to obtain what should have been their right was so heartrending and so well put forth
Date published: 2015-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very appropriate One of the best books I have ever read. I was rooting for Helen all the way and am so glad the sisters found each other.
Date published: 2014-04-14