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When the wife of an English clergyman gives birth to a little dark skinned baby girl, it is discovered that the child is the result of the mother's affair with a young Nigerian student. The family shuns the child and wants to be rid of the scandalous situation. A compassionate nun, the Mother Superior of a home for the elderly in Thames Ditton, hears of the sad rejection, and offers to take in the child, eventually adopting the little girl as her own. As war breaks out, the Reverend Mother takes in many more children, creating a haven of safety for little ones in need of care and protection. But only Mary is her child, whom she fondly calls "my Mary". The attacks on London force the evacuation of the children to the south of England, but the Reverend Mother stays behind to care for the elderly. Little Mary endures frightening war experiences and falls into the hands of abusers. When she returns to Thames Ditton at the age of fourteen, she is torn between what she wants to do and what Reverend Mother insists she must do. Submitting to the will of her benefactor, she trains as a nurse. Later, she marries and experiences the excitement of life in Paris, the Bahamas and Italy. The marriage, however, brings heartache and crumbles. But through the trauma of it all, Mary is aware of a driving force in her life that ultimately brings her to Jesus Christ and the happiness that Reverend Mother always wanted for her.
Reverend Mother?'s Daughter is the extraordinary real life story of author Mary Haskett. In her rivetting account, the author experiences racial rejection, abuse and the terrors of war but is lovingly adopted by a compassionate Reverend Mother. Starting in England in 1934, Mary takes the reader on a dramatic journey from the time of her rejection by her birth family and her adoption by her benefactor (the Mother Superior of a nunnery) through years of struggle, abuse and confusion to the joyful life that she lives today.Mary skillfully writes of her experiences and of the people who were part of her life those who were very dear to her and those caregivers who abused their authority when she was separated from Reverend Mother by the war, of her many childhood experiences away from her care, the reunion with her at age fourteen and the gradual emergence into adulthood. She tells how she followed Reverend Mother?'s wishes, reluctantly pursuing a career in nursing, despite her desire to escape the real world through a life in show business.She introduces the reader to Mario, her first love, who swept her into a new world, took her to Paris for their honeymoon, to Italy, to meet his family and eventually to the Bahamas, where they lived with their children. One day her world comes to a crashing halt when Mario leaves her for another woman.Mary?'s poignant search for her birth family, their rejection and eventual acceptance of her, make for a heart-rending, dramatic story that will bless every reader. This book reads like a novel and yet it is a real life story and true in every way. Only towards the end of the book does Mary come to an understanding of the love of Jesus for her and embrace it with all her heart. She presents the wonderful message of God's salvation in such a gentle way that all readers - those who believe and those who do not yet believe - will receive the message with joy and be glad they have read this uplifting book.Endorsements: "An obviously gifted story-teller, Mary writes this riveting account of her own life with heart-warming honesty, charming humor and great doses of grace. In all of it her birth in unusual circumstances, her childhood joys and struggles in war-torn England, her great loves and painful disappointments and her inspiring walk with her Best Friend there is never a dull moment." Fay Rowe, Author of 'What?'s in a Name' and 'Keepers of the Testimony'"From the first page, you'll be swept away on the incredible journey that has been Mary Haskett's life. She shows us over and over how God sees and cares for his children -- even when we think He is silent." Ginger Kolbaba, Author of 'Desperate Pastors Wives' and editor of 'Marriage Partnership'
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