Abandoned: The True Story of a Little Girl Who Didn't Belong - Anya Peters

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Abandoned: The True Story of a Little Girl Who Didn't Belong - Anya Peters

Toni Maguire, author of the bestselling Don't Tell Mummy, takes up the story of her tragic childhood where she left off, revealing the awful truth abo...

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"****A More Deserved Life****"

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This is the first book I've read from Anya Peters, my daughter-in-law gave it to me to read. Through reading it all my emotions surfaced, parts of it shocked me, other parts amused me and it also made me cry, but I couldn't stop reading it although I was sickened by events in the book. Anya Peters has captured what it was like to be an outcast and to not belong to a family unit, although she suffered mental and physical abuse from her cousins, who she liked to call her 'brothers and sisters', she still loved them and wanted to be a part of their family, but she was never really accepted.

This book is not for the faint hearted and if you don't like to read of cruelty, deprivation and hate then you had better leave it alone because this is real life, Anya's real life and it wasn't pretty. She was abused by her Uncle in a very depraved way and this book tells it as it was in sickening detail, it also deals with a family's shame about what has happened and the fact that 'we don't mention it'. Because of the shame Anya could only wrestle with her demons and not face them for many years.

Anya's childhood was never straightforward, she lived with her Aunt (Anya called her mummy) and Uncle and their children, 'mummy' loved her and got a lot of beatings from Uncle to protect Anya, uncle hated her because she was a 'whores child' who should never have been born. She knew her mother but she didn't live with her in Ireland because she was a secret child, the product of an illicit affair and her mother would have been banished from the family if they found out, so only 'mummy' and Uncle knew who Anya really was. Anya was a sad and lonely child who just wanted to be part of a real family but because of her Uncle she never quite achieved it.

This story tells of the transformation of an innocent child to a hardened but vulnerable adult, it is a story of physical, mental and sexual abuse that most people never hear of in a lifetime, it tells of Anya's journey through school, work and desolation and the reality that she was just another statistic. She has lived in fear and dread for most of her life but she has had the courage to go on and help herself.

This is an inspirational story and it could give hope to a lot of people, you should read it if you can but be prepared to be awash with emotion.


Published by - Harper Element

Website - www.thornsonelement.com

ISBN - 978-0-00-724574-1

Recommended Price - £6.99

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  • CPTDANIELS published 23/02/2008
    Very good review
  • arnoldhenryrufus published 22/02/2008
    I will have to read this - lyn x
  • kineticspade published 21/02/2008
    Great review xxx
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Toni Maguire, author of the bestselling Don't Tell Mummy, takes up the story of her tragic childhood where she left off, revealing the awful truth about what happened when her father, sent to jail for abusing her, was released, and came home! Toni Maguire's father abused her from the age of six, and was only found out when Toni fell pregnant, losing the child from a botched abortion. Called to her father's trial. she gave the damning evidence that put him away, and hoped that with his influence banished, she and her mother could have a happy, idyllic life once more. But her mother was unable to face the truth of what her husband had perpetrated on their daughter, and waited patiently for his return. One day, two years later, Toni walked in to find her dreaded father sitting in the living room, on day release from prison. Toni knew then she had to leave, but stayed with her mother for another two years, desperately hoping her mother would choose Toni's wellbeing over that of her father. Yet when Joe Maguire was released, Toni was despatched to collect him from the station, and from the moment he re-entered the house she knew nothing had changed in his desires, although the threat of imprisonment was enough to prevent him from acting on them. Toni was forced to leave her home, and her mother made it known she was no longer welcome. Traumatised and alone, Toni was unable to cope, and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital, sinking deeper into despair every day, finally being transferred to the dead-end ward with hope of recovery abandoned. But paradoxically it was when all hope seemed gone that Toni slowly began to improve, by sheer force of indomitable will - but the ultimate step occurred when she finally admitted to herself that her mother, whom she wanted so desperately to love her, had known all along what her father had done.

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Type: Non-Fiction

Genre: Biography

Title: Abandoned: The True Story of a Little Girl Who Didn't Belong

Author: Anya Peters

Publisher: Harper Element

Number of Pages: 320

Edition: Hardcover

ISBN: 0007245726; 0007245734; 0007245742

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