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This will Transfix you-- Published by Review of Headline Book Publishing, London in 2005. This stiff card cover 362 page copy is in as new condition- doesn't appear to have been read.
About this title-
This is a many-layered story of girls, from different decades whose lives have been affected by 'The Haven'. In many ways it is a social history showing societal beliefs that have in most communities now changed.
For many years 'The Haven' was used to house and 're-educate' girls who were considered, by society to be troubled and delinquent - runaways, young unmarried mothers-to-be and girls showing lesbian tendencies. The methods used seem, in more enlightened times, incredible - suppression, punishment, a form of brain washing and manipulation.
Mrs Brown, the supervisor at 'The Haven' was heartless, dictatorial and unnecessarily cruel to girls who had committed no crimes. The pregnant girls were forced to sign papers authorising the adoption of their un-born babies believing either that they would be 'rescued' in time or that they had no choice. With no family support, no money and no other help available, their options were extremely limited.
But this is not a book without hope, friendship or tenderness.
We learn about the past through the eyes of former inmates, women who lived through these experiences and are now turning 'The Haven' into a baking school with the help of another troubled modern-day young woman.
The time shift in this book can feel a little confusing initially, but it is well worth the read. It is written with a light touch and a degree of empathy for many of the characters.
Oh yes and many of the cakes sound delicious too!

Size of book - 130W x 200H x 27D.
ISBN 0 7553 0143 9
Collect or NZ Post $3-50
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