At midnight, Evelyn Dalton became an Angel. Her four boys became orphans. A tragic, but true story of a mother’s struggle to survive, burdened by destitution and deteriorating health. Misdiagnosed symptoms leaves her hospitalized in a coma. Following the misdiagnosis of her symptoms by consultants, Evelyn’s health deteriorates further. She is placed on a life support machine but days later, internal haemorrhaging continues unabated. The outflow of blood after the operation cannot be stemmed and she is unable to regain consciousness.
The dilemma deepens as the life support machine is turned off. At midnight, Evelyn drifts towards a slow but peaceful death. In that instance, her four boys become orphans. The future of her for boys turns to anguish and a battle for their own survival. It appears their only salvation is to be cared for by foster parents. To make matters worse, the nearest available foster home is forty miles away in Wakefield
In a heartless act of selfishness, their father abandons them to be with his long-time mistress. An excerpt from the book epitomizes the cataclysmic event.
“It seemed dad didn’t actually care where we lived, or how we lived, or even if we lived. We seemed to be an inconvenience. His life and love was pre-occupied elsewhere. Our lives had changed. Love had left our lives. Even orphans had some kind of love. We had no-one to love us. Only the distant memories of love remained.
Homeless, motherless, fatherless and unloved, we were all split up once more. Fate seemed to be against us, ever since Alex and I broke mum’s large mirror in 1962. Seven years of bad luck began.”
The life of the four boys, ‘orphans of an angel,’ is now in the hands of foster parents in a distant and strange foster home. Being forty miles distant, the journey to see the youngest two boys in foster care becomes increasingly difficult. The four siblings drift apart to virtually become cousins.
The author, Jay Aston is a Goodreads author. On the Goodreads website, there are numerous five-star reviews.
The following review is from from Trish:
GOODREADS BOOK REVIEW
There is always something compelling when you read a true story and this one hooks you in. The content and flow will keep you reading the tragic circumstances until the bitter end. This is the kind of sad tale which will grip you and bring out your mothering instincts or protective shield. You just want to make it all better if you are a mum yourself.
I do recommend this book, there was something about it which drew me in from the start to finish.
GOODREADS BOOK REVIEW
Aug 11, 2020
Vicky Peplow rated it 5*
An amazing read
Wow! What a book. I have had a couple of plate nights reading this book but it was so worth it. This poor family back in the 60’s went through every hardship that any family could ever handle plus more. This book takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions throughout this book. I highly recommend it as it’s well worth a read.
AMAZON Customer Reviews
FAB READ Get the tissues ready. I was gripped. Could not put down this book. Recommended.
RIVETING – Difficult to put down. Storyline was very moving.
WHAT A STORY! Heart rendering story buy the book and box of tissues you will need them.
SUNDAY LUNCH! Couldn’t put the book down. Had to cancel Sunday lunch!
HEARTBREAKING Such a powerful story and so well written. I felt I know the author and his family and was going through the tragic experiences with them. Very emotional.
Amazon Customer Review from India
A tragic but true story of four boys who lost everything Motherless, Fatherless, Homeless, and Unloved is the debut novel written by the author Jay Aston and its a book that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster. Overall a heartfelt book and must-read story.
To summarize this biography in a few sentences –
A Heartbreaking True Story of a destitute MOTHER.
The Destiny of her four boys seems to be in a distant Foster Home.