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When a child is lost, can the heart ever recover? Marie Tully is eighteen when she gives birth to twins at a home for unmarried mothers. Penniless and alone, Marie is forced to make an impossible choice. One she will regret for the rest of her life. Against the odds, Marie raises her son Barry and gives him a good life. Yet she can never bring herself to tell him that somewh When a child is lost, can the heart ever recover? Marie Tully is eighteen when she gives birth to twins at a home for unmarried mothers. Penniless and alone, Marie is forced to make an impossible choice. One she will regret for the rest of her life. Against the odds, Marie raises her son Barry and gives him a good life. Yet she can never bring herself to tell him that somewhere out there, he has a twin brother. But secrets can’t stay buried forever. And when Barry learns the truth, it threatens to tear mother and son apart all over again. Will the family ever be reunited? And can the scars of a lifetime ever truly heal?


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When a child is lost, can the heart ever recover? Marie Tully is eighteen when she gives birth to twins at a home for unmarried mothers. Penniless and alone, Marie is forced to make an impossible choice. One she will regret for the rest of her life. Against the odds, Marie raises her son Barry and gives him a good life. Yet she can never bring herself to tell him that somewh When a child is lost, can the heart ever recover? Marie Tully is eighteen when she gives birth to twins at a home for unmarried mothers. Penniless and alone, Marie is forced to make an impossible choice. One she will regret for the rest of her life. Against the odds, Marie raises her son Barry and gives him a good life. Yet she can never bring herself to tell him that somewhere out there, he has a twin brother. But secrets can’t stay buried forever. And when Barry learns the truth, it threatens to tear mother and son apart all over again. Will the family ever be reunited? And can the scars of a lifetime ever truly heal?

30 review for The Lost Twin

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shalini

    Marie was the helpless, pregnant girl of 18 who gave birth to twins, where she had to take up the most difficult decision a mother could take - to give up one baby as she couldn't bring up both of them. Years later, her son came to know there was a brother lost in the world, and the truth nearly tore mother and son apart. MY first book by this author, I was shattered with the premise of the book and followed the lives of the three characters. Marie evoked my pathos and sympathy for her. The stor Marie was the helpless, pregnant girl of 18 who gave birth to twins, where she had to take up the most difficult decision a mother could take - to give up one baby as she couldn't bring up both of them. Years later, her son came to know there was a brother lost in the world, and the truth nearly tore mother and son apart. MY first book by this author, I was shattered with the premise of the book and followed the lives of the three characters. Marie evoked my pathos and sympathy for her. The story moved at a steady pace, but it felt to be quite slow for me, until the latter section when a twist changed it. Overall, a good read

  2. 4 out of 5

    Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff

    * I got this eARC from HQ Digital and netgalley in exhange for a honest review * This book was drawling on so long and was bland and boring sadly. I had such big hopes for the book but the story and characters did nothing for me. Not my cup of tea.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This was just an ok read for me, I personally didn’t think it was a very good read but I did finish it but was left feeling a bit underwhelmed if I’m honest.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A 2.5* rating from me which makes it an ok read. Another new author to me. A domestic drama and romance is how I would categorise this book. Twins are separated at birth, and tells the story of the Marie the mom, then Robbie and Barry ( the twins) The story is an easy read, with a reasonable pace which kept my interest. The characters I engaged with were the Marie and Robbie, Barry is a very unlikeable character. Erna is a real poppet too. I found Barry’s abrupt personality change difficult to a A 2.5* rating from me which makes it an ok read. Another new author to me. A domestic drama and romance is how I would categorise this book. Twins are separated at birth, and tells the story of the Marie the mom, then Robbie and Barry ( the twins) The story is an easy read, with a reasonable pace which kept my interest. The characters I engaged with were the Marie and Robbie, Barry is a very unlikeable character. Erna is a real poppet too. I found Barry’s abrupt personality change difficult to accept. I really didn’t expect the twist, I had it in my minds eye what would happen. That Barry would lure Robbie to his death on the Cheviot hills to get his kidney. As for the duplicate birth certificate, surely as he was known legally by change of name of Robert that he would have had to change his name legally again, especially as his driving license was in his changed legal name. A pleasant if not predictable ending.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen Andrew

    Its 1970 and Marie Tully is in labour being assisted by nuns where she gives birth to twin boys Barry and Donal. Marie is from Ireland and has been sent to London to give birth, hidden and out the way and have her babies adopted but she cant part with them, she has bonded with the boys. She is forced to hand one son over for adoption and she moves out of the convent with her remaining son. When Barry is two she finds a job as a live in housekeeper and she sets down roots working and living in Ern Its 1970 and Marie Tully is in labour being assisted by nuns where she gives birth to twin boys Barry and Donal. Marie is from Ireland and has been sent to London to give birth, hidden and out the way and have her babies adopted but she cant part with them, she has bonded with the boys. She is forced to hand one son over for adoption and she moves out of the convent with her remaining son. When Barry is two she finds a job as a live in housekeeper and she sets down roots working and living in Erna Goldstein's home forever wondering what happened to her other son, Barry's twin brother named Robert by his new family. We follow the lives of the three main characters, the paths their lives have taken, the journeys they have been on and the lifestyles each son has reflective of their upbringing. I had no idea which way the book was going to go as I went in blind however, it certainly did not disappoint. I was hooked from the first page and I loved the twist about 3/4 of the way through, it wasnt one I saw coming. The book is well deserved of ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Thank you to Netgalley and HQ for the arc of this book by Diana Finley. 3 stars- this was a good book which is well written and a good read, read within 1 day.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Stories for the opportunity to read this book. This book started quickly, getting in to the story quickly with the body of the twins. From the births to the end of the book the story unfolds following the mother and both boys through the years. I found the story would jump several years at a time and sometimes it seemed to move on without blending well from one time to the other. I would have liked more information as to why certain things were happening. More descr Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Stories for the opportunity to read this book. This book started quickly, getting in to the story quickly with the body of the twins. From the births to the end of the book the story unfolds following the mother and both boys through the years. I found the story would jump several years at a time and sometimes it seemed to move on without blending well from one time to the other. I would have liked more information as to why certain things were happening. More description would have explained the motives behind some of the actions the characters performed. The basis of the book was strong and I liked some of the characters with the exception of Barry, he was unlikeable. I found I couldn’t feel the emotions of the characters which left the book lacking. I enjoy a book that makes me laugh out loud or cry. If you were to add more descriptive text about the characters one would be able to care for them. I found this book just ok.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tamsin Preece

    This is a simple book, easily read and understood. Marie finds herself in a mother and baby home in England, banished from Ireland after becoming pregnant. She births twins and is forced to give one up. The story continues with 3 narrators- Marie, Barry and Robert (renamed by his adoptive parents from his birth name, Donal) and we see how this affects all of their lives. It plods along nicely until Barry and Robert meet. After that this book slides into ridiculous and I was not impressed by the de This is a simple book, easily read and understood. Marie finds herself in a mother and baby home in England, banished from Ireland after becoming pregnant. She births twins and is forced to give one up. The story continues with 3 narrators- Marie, Barry and Robert (renamed by his adoptive parents from his birth name, Donal) and we see how this affects all of their lives. It plods along nicely until Barry and Robert meet. After that this book slides into ridiculous and I was not impressed by the decisions taken and the neat ending. It wrapped things up but was so far from believable! I was expecting more of a psychological thriller and this was more a misery memoir- not my favourite genre. I’m sure fans of this style will enjoy it, but it wasn’t for me. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Littley

    Spanning across 30 years this is a story of a young mother, forced to give up one of her babies, one of her two twin boys, Barry and Donal, and how that one moment in time’s impact has on the families life’s and how it resonates through all their futures. Beginning in 1970 the main narrative is told by the twins mother, Marie, but also switches between both sons pov as well, giving the whole book extra depth and allows you to follow first hand how each of their lives have developed throughout the Spanning across 30 years this is a story of a young mother, forced to give up one of her babies, one of her two twin boys, Barry and Donal, and how that one moment in time’s impact has on the families life’s and how it resonates through all their futures. Beginning in 1970 the main narrative is told by the twins mother, Marie, but also switches between both sons pov as well, giving the whole book extra depth and allows you to follow first hand how each of their lives have developed throughout the years, taking us with them right up to it’s conclusion in 2005. Discovering that she was pregnant and the father nowhere in site, young Marie is sent from her home in Ireland to London for a secret abortion before anyone finds out that she has disgraced her family. But upon arrival in London, not wanting to go through with the abortion, she desperately wants to keep her baby and Marie hears about a mother and baby home, St Agatha’s, run by nuns which she turns to for help keeping the baby. What she didn’t know beforehand is that the nuns put the babies up for adoption. She also didn’t know that she was expecting twins! After the birth Marie is put under immense pressure to put both her twins up for adoption against her will. With gritted determination she manages to keep one of the babies whilst the other was swiftly adopted by a rich couple who were desperate for a child. Heartbroken from the Donal size hole in her heart she leaves St Agatha’s with nothing but a tiny sum of money and one of her sons. After queuing for hours at the council offices in hopes of finding a bed for the night in the pouring rain she is granted a few weeks in a local b&b which doesn’t open until 6pm, so with time to kill and needing somewhere dry and warm to feed the baby she goes into the only open cafe she can see. And it is there that she first meets Sylvia. Sylvia is the first person Marie meets when she leaves the convent and she is also the first person that has shown her any kind of kindness, helping her when no one else would. Sylvia is also her salvation when she helps Marie find and gain a respectable job as a housekeeper for a wonderful older lady, Erna Goldstein, who not only hires Marie but has a self contained flat within her home for Marie and her baby son Barry to live. There is also the dual narrative as it follows Donal’s adoption and his life. He has always known that he was put up for adoption, but what he doesn’t know is that his name was changed by his adopted parents to Robert, he doesn’t know that he has a twin brother and he doesn’t know that he has a mother who has never recovered from being separated from him! You know, Sylvia, sometimes I’m almost happy; I tell her. There’s just the one area of my life causing me pain and anxiety, and I can’t stop it. That feeling of loss eats away at my soul every day and every night – and the sadness never seems to lessen. If anything, it consumes me more and more as our separation wears on …. With her obvious talent for writing, with this book the author has a way of reaching deep down into your very soul with some truly heart wrenching narratives as well as throwing in some completely unexpected twists that hit you like a sucker punch to the gut and leave you reeling! Amongst all the heartache there are also rays of sunshine so it’s not all doom and gloom, but it is a rollercoaster for your emotions! The book is wonderfully written, the characters are real and completely engaging, all playing their part to create this captivating story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The Lost Twin will be published on 26 August 2020 and is available for preorder now. https://inkedbookreviews.co.uk/2020/0...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Rincker

    This is not my typical kind of read and I give it 4 stars because the sadness far outweighed the little bit of happiness this family experiences throughout the years. In 1970, a young mother is sent to a children and family home ran by nuns. She is forced to give up one of her sons and kicked out into the streets. She can't go back home due to a very strict father. This book follows these 3 individuals the next almost 40 years of their troubled lives. Barry grows up to be a spoiled rich kid, a dru This is not my typical kind of read and I give it 4 stars because the sadness far outweighed the little bit of happiness this family experiences throughout the years. In 1970, a young mother is sent to a children and family home ran by nuns. She is forced to give up one of her sons and kicked out into the streets. She can't go back home due to a very strict father. This book follows these 3 individuals the next almost 40 years of their troubled lives. Barry grows up to be a spoiled rich kid, a drug addict, and abusive. He's the one who got to stay with his mother as she found a way to support them. He's so ungrateful and I just find myself wanting to slap him. Robert (Donal) is gave up for adoption and kicked out in the streets after various stays at several homes. He's frugal, kind, and down to earth. Everything his twin is not. Barry finds Donal and they are just starting to know each other when fate decides it's not meant to be. From here, I had a feeling which direction the book would go and I was right. I just wish this family were reunited much sooner and maybe this book would have been a much happier ending. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a free book for my honest review

  11. 4 out of 5

    Francis M. Torres

    Heartbreaking and emotional for SURE!! Omg this book had me in tears!!! goodness! I felt horrible for what Marie went through. First of all I want to thank Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book. It was a bit of a slow burn, there was a lot of information and a lot of character build up, there were times that the stories between the three characters were very repetitive that at times annoyed me. But one thing is for sure as we get into the story of the lost Heartbreaking and emotional for SURE!! Omg this book had me in tears!!! goodness! I felt horrible for what Marie went through. First of all I want to thank Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book. It was a bit of a slow burn, there was a lot of information and a lot of character build up, there were times that the stories between the three characters were very repetitive that at times annoyed me. But one thing is for sure as we get into the story of the lost twin, I started to feel this emotional pull and I ended up liking it. I am a huge fan of happy endings, and redemption, I also love characters that supports each other and love each other, and this book has a lot of those good things. Even though the book had a few sour apples, it is worth reading.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sally Coles

    Marie, a young innocent Irish girl, falls pregnant and is sent to England for an abortion but she cannot do it and goes to a home for unmarried mothers instead, thinking that they will help her keep the baby. When she gives birth to twins the nuns force her to have one adopted, Donal, while she keeps Barry but she spends her whole life yearning for the missing twin and what affect will that have on Barry? A very good story working well being told in alternating chapters by Marie, Barry and Donal Marie, a young innocent Irish girl, falls pregnant and is sent to England for an abortion but she cannot do it and goes to a home for unmarried mothers instead, thinking that they will help her keep the baby. When she gives birth to twins the nuns force her to have one adopted, Donal, while she keeps Barry but she spends her whole life yearning for the missing twin and what affect will that have on Barry? A very good story working well being told in alternating chapters by Marie, Barry and Donal. There were lots of twists in the story to keep your interest and I loved the way the differences in their upbringings changed them but they both had the same natural intelligence and ability, and were birth childhood misfits as if something was missing but they had no idea what.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Barnes

    The Lost Twin by Diana Finley details the story of two boys, one given a life of privilege and another a life of solitude and loss. Both boys share the same mother, but through life events, are provided with very different upbringings. This story is heart breaking for one of the boys. It details each boy’s life. It was very interesting to see the differences that nature vs. nurture can make in a child’s life. This book was very engaging and difficult to put down. There were lots of twists in thi The Lost Twin by Diana Finley details the story of two boys, one given a life of privilege and another a life of solitude and loss. Both boys share the same mother, but through life events, are provided with very different upbringings. This story is heart breaking for one of the boys. It details each boy’s life. It was very interesting to see the differences that nature vs. nurture can make in a child’s life. This book was very engaging and difficult to put down. There were lots of twists in this book with thorough explanations of the characters which made it very easy to follow them from chapter to chapter. The end of the book was unexpected. I recommend this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    angela tulloch

    Donal What a fantastic Fabulous Story l was gripped ,the Characters. Marie a young girl in Ireland sadly in the baby way. The horrible Mother and Baby (Nuns)..Wicked Ways..Twins and Rules.Thank goodness for the Kindness of Some Shown at times of Need..then Erna..and her story. Brought Tears !!Now Barry ?? Well what a force that was..Donal the lost ..How he made it Wonderful lifeline in Tom and betty ..then his love and little Nina..brilliant love every minute..such a joyful ending

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rosamund Churchill

    Great read An author I will be ordering more books by. The storylines keeps you wanting to read more and more. Marie being a 17 year old pregnant Irish girl, who is banished from her home because of her predicament. So much happens to Marie, sadness, friendship, poverty, and plenty of twists. Well worth a read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    mary james

    Enjoyed the beginning of the book but it became repetitive and towards the middle of it i became quite bored only managed to finish it by skimming through it!!! On the whole the storyline was pretty good

  17. 5 out of 5

    Roberta Mckeirnan

    Roberts mckeirnan We bit far fetched but enjoyed nonetheless. End was predictable but kept me engrossed. Overall an enjoyable read and worth downloading

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Pleasant read, the characters are engaging, not typically the type of book that I read, but time well spent.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kirstin

    Awesome story! Wow! Just wow! The twists and turns! Amazing book! Couldn't put it down! So well written! Utterly submersible and wonderful story! Awesome story! Wow! Just wow! The twists and turns! Amazing book! Couldn't put it down! So well written! Utterly submersible and wonderful story!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Hardinge

    Half and half Enjoyed the first half as the suspense build but then it turned into a family saga not what I was expecting

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    The lost twin tells the story of Marie, a girl from Ireland who, in the early 70s, becomes pregnant at 17. Disgraced and rejected by her parents she leaves for England to have the baby at Saint Agatha’s, a home for unwed mothers run by nuns. After giving birth to twins she supposed to give one of them up for adoption. Donal is adopted and Barry she keeps, although she must now navigate life as a penniless single mother in London. I loved how the story tells of the parallel lives of the two brother The lost twin tells the story of Marie, a girl from Ireland who, in the early 70s, becomes pregnant at 17. Disgraced and rejected by her parents she leaves for England to have the baby at Saint Agatha’s, a home for unwed mothers run by nuns. After giving birth to twins she supposed to give one of them up for adoption. Donal is adopted and Barry she keeps, although she must now navigate life as a penniless single mother in London. I loved how the story tells of the parallel lives of the two brothers. One has been provided with opportunity, love and education while the other experiences hardship, rejection and poverty. I felt real sadness and pity at the plight of women at the time and how they were forcibly made to give up their children. Each chapter was told from the point of view of either Barry, Robert/Donal and Marie and spanned from the early 1970s to 2005 and it was really interesting to see how each of them reacted to the hardships they faced. I loved Marie‘s character - she was a fantastic mother to Barry - and her friend Erna Goldstein who gave them both a home and a chance in life. Barry was not a likeable character at all. He was often selfish self-centred and difficult where as Robert/Donal, despite having less chances in life, was kind, considerate and selfless. The author explores the themes of loss, hardship and family in a sensitive and heartbreaking way. Marie has never really got over having to give up one of her children and the ways in which this has impacted all of their lives is heartbreaking. I immensely enjoyed this book and towards the end I found I could not put it down as I got towards the climax of the story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    bettygrimes

  23. 5 out of 5

    maureen mcdonald

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Westbury

  25. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis Cosnett

  26. 5 out of 5

    Miss Julie Mitchell

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary Wright

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary Blackburn

  29. 5 out of 5

    corey browne

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

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