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Whisper My Secret [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.

'Mother of Ten', the sequel to 'Whisper My Secret', is now available.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 188 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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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whisper My Secret April 7 2012
By Tim - Published on
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!
73 of 76 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
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.**
81 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching, yet heart warming! April 16 2012
By Brenda - Published on
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What a heart wrenching, yet heart warming true story this is! Aussie author, JB Rowley, discovered her mother, Myrtle, had a previous marriage with 3 children, prior to her marriage to her father, George, after Myrtle's death, and set out to discover what she could about it, and to finding her half-siblings.

It gives new meaning to the mother-in-law from hell when you read about Myrtle's life, how she fell in love with Henry at a very young age, and Henry being quite a bit older than her, and much more experienced, where Myrtle was very naive. When Myrtle fell pregnant, they were immediately forced into marriage, as this was in the late 1930's and having a baby out of wedlock was a terrible thing, with marriage being the only answer.

So Myrtle's young life of freedom and happiness changed to one of cold disdain by her mother-in-law, and being totally ignored by the man she loved, and whom she thought loved her as well. With Henry going out with his mates until the early hours most nights, and his mother supporting him, where he could do nothing wrong, Myrtle felt very lonely, her only happiness being in caring for young Bertie. As they lived with her in-laws she couldn't escape the harshness of being told she was a terrible mother, and that she had trapped Henry into marriage, and many other things. Except for the friendship of her cousin Lily, and the occasional visit to her mother, who lived in the flat next door, and who doted on Bertie, she felt very alone.

Over the next few years, Audrey, then Noel were born, but when Noel was just a baby, and Henry was at war, her three beautiful children were taken from her, and she was told she was an `unfit mother'. Myrtle was devastated, and her mother, Ettie, took her in to care for her. She visited the children when she was allowed, in the Home, but Bertie wasn't handling the separation from his mother at all well.

When Myrtle met George, he was a soldier and stationed in her home town of Albury. He gave her friendship, and kindness, and gradually she began to love him, and see him as a completely different character to Henry. She felt safe with George, loved and cherished. When he asked her to marry him, she very nervously told him all about Henry and the children. She was worried he would think she was a bad person, and she would lose him. But George loved Myrtle, and he promised he would never leave her side.

So George and Myrtle's life began, and the happiness that followed was beautiful. The detail of Myrtle's early life has been well researched, and JB has shown what a wonderful life her parents gave her and her siblings. The grief and crushing guilt that Myrtle felt over being unable to care for Bertie, Audrey and Noel is incredibly sad. JB is currently writing a follow-up story about the three children (adults now) which I will be very anxious to read when it's published.

This story of tragedy, loss, guilt and shame, topped by a mother's love and devotion is one I highly recommend, one that shows that Myrtle did absolutely nothing wrong, and it is also a credit to her daughter, JB!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars biography or fiction June 4 2013
By Royce J Stilson - Published on
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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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whisper Aug. 19 2012
By C. Cooper - Published on
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This book was haunting. I cannot imagine the journey the author made to discover the history of her 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!

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