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The Violets Are Mine

The Violets Are Mine

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The Violets Are MinePrevious Title – “The Green Penny-Farthing Bike”What others are saying about “The Violets Are Mine”“ The saga of an English boy begins with a child who is beaten by caretakers who ran the orphanages during the 30’s and 40’s in England. You will laugh and you will cry, but you will be captivated with the book and will not be able to put it down. It speaks to growing up without a home and the love of a family. It is written as Lester speaks, and does what many an author cannot do, it speaks from the heart.This is a success story about the trials of Lester, about the penny-farthing bike experience and the fun of a child, about life—but something more than that! A lot of things happen to successful people; but it just doesn’t happen by chance to Lester. He tells it as he sees it, and his success comes from his love of life, his wife Val, and the many people who come into contact with Lester—a truly unforgettable character.Read the book – you will be a better person for it!” – Pat Tucker“Lester paints scenes that come alive in amazing detail. I love the misadventures and the humor.” Cindy Jones“The Violets Are Mine is reminiscent of Charles Dickens or “Angela’s Ashes” but he added a twist – a much needed sense of humor.” Denniger Bolton
The Violets Are MinePrevious Title – “The Green Penny-Farthing Bike”What others are saying about “The Violets Are Mine”“ The saga of an English boy begins with a child who is beaten by caretakers who ran the orphanages during the 30’s and 40’s in England. You will laugh and you will cry, but you will be captivated with the book and will not be able to put it down. It speaks to growing up without a home and the love of a family. It is written as Lester speaks, and does what many an author cannot do, it speaks from the heart.This is a success story about the trials of Lester, about the penny-farthing bike experience and the fun of a child, about life—but something more than that! A lot of things happen to successful people; but it just doesn’t happen by chance to Lester. He tells it as he sees it, and his success comes from his love of life, his wife Val, and the many people who come into contact with Lester—a truly unforgettable character.Read the book – you will be a better person for it!” – Pat Tucker“Lester paints scenes that come alive in amazing detail. I love the misadventures and the humor.” Cindy Jones“The Violets Are Mine is reminiscent of Charles Dickens or “Angela’s Ashes” but he added a twist – a much needed sense of humor.” Denniger Bolton

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Published by: Xlibris on Oct 25, 2011
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arlenadean reviewed this
Author: Lester MorrisPublished XlibrisAge Recommended:Adult Rating: 5Blog For: GMTAReview:"The Violets are Mine: Tale of an Unwanted Orphan" by Lester Morris was really some read for me. I thought about putting it down several times but since I have never done that I pressed forward. I will say this wasn't a pleasant read but a interesting one of what Lester Morris endured in these horrible orphanages and foster home in England during World War II (1940's). I can only say how Lester came through this was only that there was a God out there for him! I can't imagine being bounced from orphanage to foster home and back to an orphanage again and again and come out sane from all that Lester had to endure. From all of these corporal punishments he had to endure......only proving that there was a God out there protecting him. This is some abuse(beatings) I could not even imagine! These characters..his foster mom(Mrs. Green)referred to as 'Teeth' was a horrible person ...then there was his 'dad' that was truly 'cold hearted' and horrible landlords. However, Lester Morris did meet some good people such as Santa Claus during one Christmas, one Christmas story that turned out a great one for Lester, having his brother Doug around for a period of time....later to learn he had two other brothers and even two sisters, then there was Mrs. Woodley was definitely his 'Fairy Godmother to Lester, his time in the Junior Leaders, and there were some others. Now, this will be the time that I will say you must pick up this read "The Violets Are Mine" to get this who picture of Lester Morris story. It will truly be one you will not forget.What was very appealing about this novel was that Lester Morris wrote this in a conversational voice making it feel like you were being talked to instead of talked at. This novel was a autobiography presented as a memoir and Lester Morris didn't even consider himself a victim. WoW! I found that very surprising...and good ... showing much feeling and emotions that really presented some wonderful dialogue to the reader. In this read you will find out what the 'green penny-farthing bike,' was and how to get rid of warts. Again I will say this is a novel you must read... I am not sure I can say I liked it but Mr. Lester Morris did a wonderful job presenting his life which went through 'indignities, abuse, sexual touchings' and I am sure I have left plenty others out. I was left at saying one word....'WoW' and that will be The End of that. Oh, one more thing...I thought it was amazing out this author Lester Morris "never gave up on life, and is still going strong" with his life. I did love what happened for Lester Morris in toward the end...being able to slide down that banister... you must read to find out just what that was about. Even though "The Violet are Mine: A Tale of an Unwanted Orphan" was a hard read for me...it was definitely a eye opener of what happened to these children in foster care and orphanages during WW II .. only hoping that this has stopped is all I can say. This was a well written autobiography and I would recommend as a excellent good read.
angiemangino reviewed this
Unspeakable pain is a part of Lester Morris’ sharing of his life as a boy. The abuse he endured as an orphan will tug at readers’ hearts, but his matter-of-fact look back shows a survivor who will endear himself to readers.In the very first chapter, readers meet the young orphan at All Saints Home in England during the blackouts of World War II, his urgent desire being to have the rain stop so he can go outside to ride the green penny-farthing bike.With a touch of humor in his writing that lessens the devastating situations experienced, to his credit Morris makes apparent that he did not write this memoir as a victim. It is a testament to the healing properties of the good people who touched his life, and to his own inner strength developed to insulate him from physical and mental assaults. His body may have been hurt, but his heart stayed innocent and open.Readers will not easily put down this book as they watch the young boy grow, shuttled to different orphanages, and then out to foster homes. With each new move, readers will be rooting for the change that will allow him to have his childhood protected.The Violets Are Mine will stay with readers for a very long time.
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