'The Empty Cradle'

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Oh wow, this book is brilliant!

'To the outside world, Charlotte is the privileged daughter of the local vicar. Behind closed doors, however, she is the prisoner of her controlling father. As she grows up, Charlotte longs for freedom, but her captivating innocence leads her into trouble. Sent to Ireland to hide a shameful pregnancy, she discovers that once again her father has deceived her. She is forced into a convent's harsh and humiliating regime, where she must eventually give up the one thing that makes her life worthwhile.

When Charlotte returns to England, older than her years, she chooses to forget the past. Becoming a London midwife, she longs only to help other women at this hardest and most joyful moment in their lives. But her deep compassion, and desire to prevent anyone else suffering the same horror she did, leads her into a darker and more dangerous place.'

I really enjoyed this book, I can't think of anything that I didn't like about it (maybe the fact that Charlotte .. oh wait, that would be a SPOILER! Oops!). On a serious note though, this really is one of the best books that I have read. I also liked the fact that the convent that Charlotte is sent to is the Magdalene Asylums (If you haven't seen 'The Magdalene Sisters' then I really recommend that you do), which were institutions where women who were labelled as 'fallen' by their family or society were sent to work and 'cleanse themselves'. I find it interesting reading about things like the Asylums, although it makes my mind run overtime, why did people think all that was acceptable? It's a good thing that time has changed, in that way anyway.. 

Have you read this book? What did you think about it?

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