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Brittany and her twelve-year-old sister Sarah mourned the sudden death
of their father, a church minister. They had lived most of their lives
at the manse. But with a new minister due in six weeks, they have to
vacate. The church hierarchy offer the girls accommodation and help.
Brittany decides she would like to make her way in the world with
Sarah. Their father had left very little money and their only living
relative, their father’s brother, their Uncle Claude whom they had
never met, lives in Brewer, Maine, USA. Searching through her late
father’s desk, she finds her father’s diary and the contents shock her.
She also finds Uncle Claude’s address and decides to write to him. But
Brittany and Sarah’s reception when they meet their uncle is one of
rejection as he reveals devastating facts about their father. Brittany
learns yet another of her father’s secrets as she attempts to start a
life on their own. Their mother, Eva, died soon after Sarah was born.
Brittany was then twelve years old. Eva had been an immigrant from
communist-controlled Hungary. She had been smuggled out of Hungary
after her parents were arrested and imprisoned and subsequently
eliminated. Their only crime: They were aristocrats who were opposed to
the communist government. Brittany finds life difficult and
heartbreaking while trying to be mother and father to Sarah as she
tries to find a home and a position in the workplace. Brittany is able
to secure a special position with a major Canadian chocolate
manufacturer because of her excellent education and her gift for
languages. She is required to travel abroad and to many parts of Canada
and the United States of America. As the daughter of a church minister,
she has lead a sheltered life and is unprepared for the advances of the
many men she comes into contact with.
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