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!FREE EBOOK ♾ The Violets Are Mine: Tales Of An Unwanted Orphan ♠ Recounted with humor and warmth, The Violets Are Mine describes the degradation and violence that Lester Morris suffered in England s orphanages during and after World War II From his beginnings in Woburn Green near London, Morris s story lurches downward as he is bounced from one orphanage to the next during an era when corporal punishment was the norm For a while, he is released and we are introduced to a foster mother called Teeth and Lester s cold hearted thief of a dadEventually, Morris joins the British army and ages out of the system Although the author may have grown up without a home or family, he writes with great heart and is a gifted storytellerAbout Lester Morris Lester Morris grew up near London and was a British tour guide for many years before moving to the United States He is an entertainer of many personas, including racounteur, Santa Claus, and author Lester s memoir, The Violets Are Mine, is his second book Author Lester Morris has written a heart breaking memoir that will touch the soul of anyone who picks up his book, The Violets Are Mine While imperfect in execution, his autobiography digs deep into what it means to be a child who needs love The trials and tribulations of his childhood, spent in British orphanages and foster homes during the 1930s and 1940s, reads like a Charles Dickens novel, with the caveat that all the stories are, in fact, true.Unlike the characters in Dickens, however, Author Lester Morris has written a heart breaking memoir that will touch the soul of anyone who picks up his book, The Violets Are Mine While imperfect in execution, his autobiography digs deep into what it means to be a child who needs love The trials and tribulations of his childhood, spent in British orphanages and foster homes during the 1930s and 1940s, reads like a Charles Dickens novel, with the caveat that all the stories are, in fact, true.Unlike the characters in Dickens, however, these boys know better than to ask forporridge or any other advantage There are tales of real horror captured in this saga, from regular beatings to a child s workload most grown men couldn t handle Deprived of the typical childhood joys candy, toys, playtime, and most of all, affection , the orphans surrounding Morris, as well as the author himself, learn to make the best of it.For the author, one of his special joys is riding a green penny farthing bike, which lands him in trouble repeatedly , but one day in adulthood, comes back to him in a flood of memories while standing before the window of an antique shop in Bath Other special moments of childhood are recalled, but far too much of his tale is filled with strife and woe One wonders that he managed to survive all of this with his humor intact.Perhaps most unsettling is how his abuse lingers into adulthood, with his father calling him away from a happy military life to reunite, largely so that he can profit from his son s earnings There are also tales of horrible landlords, and one Christmas story that will renew your faith in humankind.All told, this memoir is filled with unbelievably rich detail and the raw emotions of an unwanted orphan in Morris s own words It s a life that few of us have had to experience thank goodness , but one worth recounting and remembering I received a free copy for the purpose of providing a review The piece of paper clearly states that on February 10, 1940 I was born into a very unpredictable world at a place called Woburn Green, in Buckinghamshire, west of London Apparently, I only lasted one year before being dumped by my father into St Agatha s Nursery, Princess Risborough, also in Buckinghamshire A sad story of a little boy who grew up in a harsh environment and the strategies he employed to survive Morris writes with I received a free copy for the purpose of providing a review The piece of paper clearly states that on February 10, 1940 I was born into a very unpredictable world at a place called Woburn Green, in Buckinghamshire, west of London Apparently, I only lasted one year before being dumped by my father into St Agatha s Nursery, Princess Risborough, also in Buckinghamshire A sad story of a little boy who grew up in a harsh environment and the strategies he employed to survive Morris writes with much feeling and the emotions come through strongly He had my emotions all over the place, from sadness and shock to laughter and relief.Evil people who beat Morris with belts and even worse ran the homes he was sent to, for the most part Though Morris had his older brother with him, who looked after him in secret, he still felt alone In his first home, Morris was given a teddy bear, which he described as a pathetic looking creature, that had no eyes, and looked like it had been through hell One day the other children claimed that Morris ate a ladybug He did but it was actually a dare The assistant matron after checking his mouth announced to all Yes, he s got bits of bug in his mouth Morris s older brother tried to help and stepped in with Les was eating the bug as a dare He doesn t normally eat bugs, at least, not that I know of Then one day the Morris brothers found themselves on the way to a new home This time they were greeted with smiles Turns out these were to be their foster parents Both boys had been given bouquets of violets to present to the woman Doug did as he was supposed to, but Lester resisted saying these violets are mine But it didn t take long and they, too, began belt beating Morris as was done before The light in midst of the tunnel came at one home where the children were treated like family members It was a good change and life seemed normal, but as before, it didn t last long When Morris was old enough he decided to join the military and get away from it all This too had its difficulties Eventually, he met an older brother he didn t know he had, learnedabout his parents and birth family, and met up with Doug once again.Morris writes in a conversational style as if he were sitting there with you and taking you through his story He draws you in and you can t help but want to keep reading constantly wondering whatcan possibly happen.I liked how the writing brought on the emotions, bringing tears to my eyes, cracking me up with laughter, and keeping me wantingI didn t like what Morris had to experience as a young boy I felt sorry for him and wished things had been different I highly recommend this book as a must read memoir It will open your eyes to the cruelty the British orphanages exercised and will give you the true picture of life in these settings The fictional picture one might remember from Oliver Twist is nothing compared to what poor Morris went through In the end, I was glad Morris survived and became stronger for it Scary Harsh Dark I m describing English life during World War II We ve seen the pictures in old newspapers and magazines and watched it in television documentaries Blackouts at night while enemy airplanes buzzed overhead and bombs exploded nearby It must have been particularly terrifying for the young children Lester Morris, author of The Violets Are Mine, was one of those young children, and, yes, he remembers it as a terrifying time indeed But he remembers many other things Young Morr Scary Harsh Dark I m describing English life during World War II We ve seen the pictures in old newspapers and magazines and watched it in television documentaries Blackouts at night while enemy airplanes buzzed overhead and bombs exploded nearby It must have been particularly terrifying for the young children Lester Morris, author of The Violets Are Mine, was one of those young children, and, yes, he remembers it as a terrifying time indeed But he remembers many other things Young Morris did not spend those long nights and fright filled and shortage wracked days in the midst of a family caring for and comforting him No His parents had abandoned him He lived in an orphanage surrounded by other lonely and unloved children When I first realized the subject of this memoir, I thought about not reading it How could it be anything but a horror story I am pleased that I persisted, for while the story does tell of the horrors of war and of abandonment, it also speaks of love, perseverance and the undaunted spirit of a youngster able to find pleasure in whatever life handed him Morris does not recount his story of childhood in a child s voice, he speakswith a wise voice and an understanding one He clearly has learned to relish his past and to reflect on it He shows an incredible memory for the details of incidents not only the tough ones, but of fun, laughter and frolics he careens along on his penny farthing bicycle right through the forbidden gate We can see the bike, old fashioned with a huge penny wheel in front and a tiny farthing wheel behind with the lad pedaling furiously toward a few minutes of freedom It s good to know that in the midst of the hardships, the uncaring caregivers, the harsh foster parents there was also love The helper, Mrs Woodley, at Morris s very first placement became his fairy godmother Though soon separated they stayed in loving touch until her death many, many years later when she was 103 The appearance of a brother, yes, a brother, stunned Morris He was not alone, not totally abandoned In fact but I mustn t give away the story It is too full of surprises Suffice to say that this is a true coming of age story following Morris through the ups and downs of life until he is a man, and a successful one.His story will have appeal for many Memoir lovers will be entranced people who work with troubled children will gain insights and historians of the period will find a rich resource in the people s history offered here Lester Morris is a young boy growing up in orphanages in England He was born in 1940 and was put into the foster care system at the age of one He never knows his father or his mother and therefore has no familial attachments.While living in All Saint s Home, he learns that he has a birth brother, Doug, but he had no real sense of what that actually meant There was much abuse at the many homes that he lived in There were beatings and no food at times Les joins the RAF when he gets old enough Lester Morris is a young boy growing up in orphanages in England He was born in 1940 and was put into the foster care system at the age of one He never knows his father or his mother and therefore has no familial attachments.While living in All Saint s Home, he learns that he has a birth brother, Doug, but he had no real sense of what that actually meant There was much abuse at the many homes that he lived in There were beatings and no food at times Les joins the RAF when he gets old enough to do so and gets a letter from his father to come live with him Father really takes Les for a fool and charges room and board at an excessive rate.What troubles me is that we never really learn whether the individual claiming to be his father was actually his biological parent.Les finally joins the military and moves to the United States It is very scary that children were being abused as badly as this young man, but nothing was done It was a much quieter time and probably not as much media knowledge about this kind of abuse was known.The book is well written and you can understand the confusion that this young boy was feeling and are rooting for him to overcome his insecurities, as they are part of the treatment he was handed by some extremely mean individuals 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 lesse 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 The Violets are Mine, a memoir by Lester Morris, is the story of a young boy growing up in England s orphanages during World War II Morris s retelling of the harrowing experiences he endured as a child is told with true grace and charm.A heartfelt thank you to Les Morris for sharing his early childhood memories His rich descriptions force the reader to pause and marvel at his genuine will to survive some horrific events no child should ever be expected endure The message of endurance and hope The Violets are Mine, a memoir by Lester Morris, is the story of a young boy growing up in England s orphanages during World War II Morris s retelling of the harrowing experiences he endured as a child is told with true grace and charm.A heartfelt thank you to Les Morris for sharing his early childhood memories His rich descriptions force the reader to pause and marvel at his genuine will to survive some horrific events no child should ever be expected endure The message of endurance and hope resonate throughout his stories and remind us that good people exist in society and that a kindness extended is returned a thousand timesThe Violets are Mine comes highly recommended I think that to truly appreciate this book, you have to meet the author, Lester Morris There were moments in the story where I could stop for a moment and say, I m glad he got through this Additionally, it stuns me to have learned about all the sad Christmases he went through as a child, and to see him dressed up every year as Santa Claus for our office toy drive This man has taken some very tough blows in his life and still found a way to see the good in everything Bravo, Les 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 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 endureonly 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 surprisingand 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, onethingI 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 endbeing 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 meit 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 Sad but funny in a British humor kind of way Morris s writing has been compared to Angela s Ashes and now I see why I definitely recommend this book.