A Mother's Secret by Dilly Court

By Dilly Court

While seventeen-year-old Belinda Phillips falls in love with a good-looking Anglo-Indian officer, she is familiar with that he's a guy she will by no means wish to marry. whilst he's stated lacking, believed killed in motion, Belinda discovers that she is pregnant. dealing with shame and smash, she has no alternative except to just accept an prepared marriage with a middle-aged widower, understanding she needs to hold the key of her kid's beginning for ever. Reluctantly she sends her cherished daughter to a foster mom in Cripplegate, little realising she has entrusted Cassy's care to Biddy Henchard, a girl who runs a infamous child farm in a space filled with poverty and sickness. regardless of her poor upbringing, Cassy survives the outdated woman's merciless overlook. all of the whereas she goals of a mom she hasn't ever recognized, hoping she is going to come and store her from her dreadful destiny. but if Biddy dies without notice, ten-year-old Cassy reveals herself destitute and with little desire of ever discovering the mummy she so longs for...

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We must be careful, George,’ she whispered. ’ George covered her hand with his. ’ Unfurling her fan, Belinda covered the lower part of her face so that she could answer without being observed. ’ A reluctant smile curved his lips, and his heart swelled with love for her. He wanted to take her in his arms there and then, but he managed to restrain himself. ‘Tomorrow, my darling. I’ll see you at the club. ’ Flashing George a brilliant smile behind her fan, Belinda snapped it shut as she turned to the subaltern.

Belinda sighed and closed her eyes, shutting out the view of the sloping garden filled with roses and the feathery green leaves of cosmos that grew wild amongst the deodar and rhododendron that clambered up the foothills to merge with the dark jagged pine trees. She allowed herself to dream of being held in George’s arms as they danced the night away at the Peterhof, the official residence of the Viceroy. She was awakened by a soft rustling of the chik, the split cane sunblind that Mahdu must have lowered to keep the room cool before she left to carry out her household duties.

The infants might be asleep but the house was filled with sound of movement and people talking, shouting and the occasional slamming of doors. In the room directly above her she could hear the deep rumble of a man’s voice followed by shrieks of female laughter. There was a brief silence followed by the rhythmic creak of the bedsprings, suggesting that Wall-eyed Betty was at it again with one of her gentlemen. Well, a girl had to live as Betty often said with a wink of her pale blue eye; the other was brown, hence her nickname.

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