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Whisper My Secret: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

JB Rowley
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How does a mother cope when she is forced to walk away from her three children and never see them again? That is what happened to JB’s mother, Myrtle. Eventually, rescued from her despair by tall, dark and handsome George Rowley who fell in love her, Myrtle started a new life and had seven more children. She buried the grief of losing her first children deep within and kept her pain secret. JB and her siblings were unaware of the existence of Myrtle’s first three children until after she died. Desperate to know how such a thing could happen to a devoted and caring mother, JB went on a journey to find out. What she discovered was a heartbreaking story of loss. It was a long time before JB was able to work out that her mother kept her early life and her first family secret out of misplaced guilt and shame. To redress that, JB decided to tell the whole world her mother’s secret. 'Whisper My Secret' is a proud declaration that Myrtle did nothing deserving of guilt or shame.

Book length is approximately 57 000 words.

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About the Author

JB Rowley grew up in a small Australian town called Orbost in the state of Victoria. She spent her childhood chasing snakes and lizards down hollow logs, playing Hansel and Gretel in the bush with her brothers, climbing trees, searching the local rubbish tip for books to read and generally behaving like a feral child. To avoid her boisterous brothers she often escaped into the hayshed with a book. Stories and books played a significant part in her childhood. Favourite childhood authors included Enid Blyton, Charles Dickens and Beatrix Potter. As an adult JB has read a broad range of authors and continues to read prolifically although she now prefers audio books and ebooks. JB still lives in the state of Victoria but is now in the capital city of Melbourne where, when she is not writing, she works as an English tutor and an oral storyteller.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JB Rowley; 1 edition (Jan. 15 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JP88NA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,676 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching April 8 2015
By marlene
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A woman so wronged by bitter people yet able to carry on and find love and fulfilment. How does a mother heal from such a hateful vengeful mother-in-law hell bent on making life miserable?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unfair Treatment at it's best! March 15 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
Enjoyed the fact that female lead found happiness, but wished all the children could have met and enjoyed a full meaning of family!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Touching April 20 2015
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Very interesting to read how she had no hold over her own children. Looking forward to reading the sequel. Amazing woman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whisper My Secret April 7 2012
By Tim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Myrtle's story lingered in my mind long after I finished reading her story. A woman of her times; she faced so many twists, turns and tragedies in her life, and did so with a rather stoic sense of bravery and courage. It is a story that gives us the flavour of local history, demonstrates the attitudes and social mores of its times with pinpoint accuracy, allows us to feel sympathy with Myrtle, as well as understanding how such events could possibly have unfolded. It left me feeling that all of us have a real story to share from somewhere within or families; a story as compelling as that of Myrtle. Prepare to read this book in one sitting!
87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seems More Fictionalised Than I Had Hoped... Sept. 20 2012
By Luvamoose67 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I love biographies and memoirs; to be be honest I prefer those about regular folks, not celebrities or other famous persons. I "borrowed" this from the Kindle Owner's Lending Library. I can honestly, and sadly when I read again all the other glowing reviews, say that I feel I wasted my monthly borrowing opportunity. The story is heartwrenching, and the pain experienced comes through very clearly. The writing is good, and I enjoyed the story told. However, since the mother didn't tell her children (anyone but her second husband?) the story of her former life, and one would not think that after her death there were others left to provide all the incredibly detailed background... How did the author get so much detail? If this book were defined differently, if there were a forward (unless I completely missed it on my Kindle- and it 's possible...) describing where the author got the incredibly detailed story of the interactions her mother had as a child, young woman, young bride and devastated young mother-- perhaps I would not feel the sense of disappointment I did. I'm not suggesting it is not a worthy read, and my respect to the author for whom this touching story is her (obviously very loving and resilient mother's) history, but if you have any expectation you are reading a true memoir, you may be disappointed. ** Edit: Rather than changing my original review text, I would like you to read the comment from the author and my subsequent reply to her kind post.**
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whisper Aug. 19 2012
By C. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was haunting. I cannot imagine the journey the author made to discover the history of her life...an amazing journey I am thankful she invited us to take with her...why do some reviewers take it upon themselves to re-tell the story? If you are reading reviews you are considering purchasing the book...not hoping some reviewer takes it upon him/her self to give an account of the entire book. Publish your own book, then we can read your own story and review it!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars biography or fiction June 4 2013
By Royce J Stilson - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't tell whether or not this was a true biography or a work of fiction. It seemed to be a record of a woman's secret life prior to the second family--of which the author was a daughter. However, the writer seemed to inject her speculation, or imagination as to what her character was thinking, doing that would be impossible for an author to know without the insight of the subjects personal diary, journal or verbal recounting. None of these seemed to be available. I lost interest in the story.
34 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Questionable taste April 30 2013
By Ms Margaret aka Ms Smarty Pants - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Extremely interesting and sad. I really do wonder though it seems most of this is made up. The amount of details nonsense. I found the graphic sex scene in the book about the author's Mother first experience unneccesary for the book and extremly creepy to have the author write about their Mother this way. Also extremely unneccesary to the story was relating how young Myrtle and her cousin just happen to see the town's shopkeeper masturbating after hours in her shop in front of a mirror, in full graphic detail. This helps move along the book how? Remember the Author is writing about his Mother. Creepy, preversion to me.
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