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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
I enjoyed reading Whisper My Secret: A Memoir by JB Rowley. This story is about Rowley’s mother, Myrtle. Myrtle lived a hard life. Rowley only discovered how hard a life Myrtle had after she died. She also discovered that Myrtle had three other children that no one knew about. Rowley decided to tell Myrtle’s unheard story in this book.
I was drawn to Whisper My Secret: A Memoir because I had just lost my mother and was left with a lot of unanswered questions about her past. I felt a connection to Rowley and was inspired by how she discovered her mother’s past. I understand that not everything in this story is totally accurate, but it still captivated my attention. I started off wanting to hate Myrtle for abandoning her children. By the end, I understood why she did it and I probably would have done the same thing in her situation. At that time women were expected to behave a certain way or be shunned by society.
I am happy that Myrtle finally found a little happiness in her life with George, but I know she always had a shadow of sadness hanging over her. George sort of reminded me of my stepfather in the way that he loved Myrtle. I was a little sad when I finished this book. I still wanted to know more about Myrtle and her children. I also want to know what the children that she gave up think. I am glad that Rowley has written another book to answer some of my questions. I cannot wait to read it!