The Scarlet Sisters : My nanna's story of secrets and heartache on the banks of the River Thames Paperback
by Helen Batten
`Oh my goodness - another girl Mrs Swain!' Clara's normal iron composure broke and she screamed, `No!
That's not the bloody deal!'And that is how my nanna, Bertha Swain, entered the world. When Helen Batten's marriage breaks down, she starts on a journey of discovery into her family's past and the mysteries surrounding her enigmatic nanna's early life. What she unearths is a tale of five feisty red heads struggling to climb out of poverty and find love through two world wars.
It's a story full of surprises and scandal - a death in a workhouse, a son kept in a box, a shameful war record, a clandestine marriage and children taken far too soon.
It's as if there is a family curse. But Helen also finds love, resilience and hope - crazy wagers, late night Charlestons and stolen kisses.
As she unravels the story of Nanna and her scarlet sisters, Helen starts to break the spell of the past, and sees a way she might herself find love again.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 16/07/2015
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780091959692
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