By Dilly Court
While seventeen-year-old Belinda Phillips falls in love with a good-looking Anglo-Indian officer, she understands that he's a guy she will be able to by no means desire to marry. whilst he's mentioned lacking, believed killed in motion, Belinda discovers that she is pregnant. dealing with shame and destroy, she has no alternative except to simply accept an prepared marriage with a middle-aged widower, figuring out she needs to continue 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 packed with poverty and disorder. regardless of her bad upbringing, Cassy survives the outdated woman's merciless overlook. the entire 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 abruptly, ten-year-old Cassy reveals herself destitute and with little wish of ever discovering the mum she so longs for...
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Bailey. ’ He caught up with her in long strides, his muffler flying out behind him like a pennant and his cap askew on his head. His cheeks were flushed and his eyes sparkled like chips of sapphire in his tanned face. Despite the fact that his jacket was a size too small, frayed at the cuffs and clumsily patched at the elbows, and his trousers barely came to the tops of his boots, he exuded warmth and vitality. ‘I had to put some money on a fight for Biddy, and I went to the market and got something for you.
Bailey might not be her blood brother but he was something more to her; he was her whole family and she loved him dearly. He set her down at the top of the steps leading into Three Herring Court. ‘Best not look too happy when we go inside,’ he said, setting his cap straight. ’ ‘I’m ten, I ain’t daft,’ Cassy said, tucking what was left of her treat inside her ragged blouse. ’ Bailey took her by the hand as they negotiated the slippery stone steps that were treacherous even in summer, worn down in the middle by the passage of feet over two hundred years or more.
I tried to look after him,’ Cassy said, feeling that she was in some way to blame for the baby’s demise. ‘I sat up nights with him, mister. Honest I did, but he just seemed to fade away like he had no wish to live. Poor little chap never even cried, not like some of ’em that come to us; they never stop bawling for their mas, especially the older ones. ’ Elias peeled back the none-too-clean sheet and his harsh features softened just a little as he stared down at the tiny child, who looked perfect in death like one of the marble cherubs Cassy had seen in the graveyard.
A Mother's Secret by Dilly Court