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#BlogTour #Extract – The Forgotten Children by Isabella Muir @SussexMysteries @rararesources #TheForgottenChildren

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Hi Everyone, 

Today on my blog I am on the blog tour for The Forgotten Children by Isabella Muir. I am sharing with you an extract. 

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the forgotten children paperback front[7557]A woman’s search to find her son uncovers the shocking truth about one of Britain’s darkest periods

Struggling with the demons of her past, Emily is a children’s author with a dark secret, and a guilt that threatens to consume her.  For twenty years she has lived in Brighton, England, trying to forget the day they took her baby from her, just hours after he was born.  But now, in the summer of 1987, she decides to begin the search for her son.

Emily takes refuge in a small town on the Isle of Anglesey to plan the search, where she meets Walter, a gentle stranger, who helps her with his words of wisdom and kindness.  But it is when she decides to return home to Hastings, that she really has to face her demons.

Estranged from her parents when she was just sixteen, Emily is shocked by what her mother has to tell her about events that occurred before Emily was even born.

Beside her, throughout her search, is Emily’s beautiful Irish friend, Geraldine, recovering from her own sad experiences.  Together they uncover a truth that shocks them all.

The Forgotten Children draws the reader into lives affected by narrow-minded beliefs and blinkered thinking at the highest level. Children who weren’t allowed to be born, children who were abandoned, and children who were taken, forced to lead a life thousands of miles away from everyone and everything they knew – leaving scars that may never heal.

At its heart, The Forgotten Children is a story of survival, but the journey that Emily has to take is painful.  Even more so because she knows it was allowed to happen by individuals, religions and governments, who should have known better.

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the forgotten isabella muir[7558]Isabella Muir has been surrounded by books her whole life and – after working for twenty years as a technical editor and having successfully completed her MA in Professional Writing – she was inspired to focus on fiction writing.

As well as her newest title, The Forgotten Children, Isabella is the author of the Sussex Crime Mystery series.  These Agatha Christie style stories are set in the sixties and seventies and feature a young librarian and amateur sleuth, Janie Juke, who has a passion for Agatha Christie. All that Janie has learned from her hero, Hercule Poirot, she is able to put into action as she sets off to solve a series of crimes and mysteries.

Aside from books, Isabella has a love of all things caravan-like. She has spent many winters caravanning in Europe and now, together with her husband, she runs a small caravan site in Sussex. They are ably assisted by their much-loved Scottie, Hamish.

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Emily has reached a point in her life when she can no longer blot out the devastating events of her past.  Here we see Emily making the difficult decision to leave her boyfriend, Mark.  She knows she needs to be far away from Sussex, but has no idea where to go.  She seeks solitude on the Isle of Anglesey, hoping it will give her time to decide how to move her life forward, knowing that first she must look back.


I’m walking out on a man who has done nothing wrong, beyond being in my life at the wrong time. Perhaps there would never have been a right time for Mark and me. I promise myself I’ll leave a longer note than the few scribbled words I wrote all those years ago when I left my childhood home. I’m a writer so I shouldn’t have trouble with the note, but I start it five times before the right phrases land on the page.


Please forgive me, Mark, but I have to go. I just need time and space to find the part of me that has been missing for too long. Take some chances without me. You’ve nothing to lose, no responsibilities, you’re as free as the birds that settle on your buildings. Norfolk may be flat, but I’ve heard the beaches are lovely.


I’ve no idea if he’ll understand. Maybe one day I’ll be able to explain.

As I load the last few bits into the car I realise I still have my door keys. Hanging onto them is my chance to come back. I know Mark would let me. But we’d be like our beloved LPs, moving into repeat, with the scratches still there to make our lives hiss and crackle. I take the keys from my bag and push them through the letterbox.

I’ve never been a planner. In all the years I’ve been writing fiction I’ve tried countless times to plot and prepare, to lay out my chapters and have a clear sense of direction, all without success. Instead my story worlds just seem to create themselves once I hold my pencil over each blank page of my notebook.

I try the same approach now. I open a page in my map book, close my eyes and point. When I open my eyes again I see that my finger has landed on an island, but one I can drive to. I imagine the Isle of Anglesey to be empty and peaceful; it’s as good a place as any.

‘All set then?’ I look at Ralph for reassurance to find he’s curled up with one eye open to monitor events.

I pull away from the house and turn left into Madeira Road, finding myself heading towards Cumberland Avenue. If I see Gee now and try to explain, I am certain she will do her best to stop me leaving.

She has been my sounding board for twenty years, since the day I first met her in a steamy café in Brighton. My beautiful Irish friend, with a zest for life, who has stopped me from wallowing in self-pity many times. She is the only person who has heard the whole sad story of my time before Brighton.


Please make sure you go and check out all the other blogs that are contributing to this blog tour, they are all listed below. 

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