Reviewed by Joanne Reynolds

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 knew his father or mother and therefore has no familial attachments.

Moving from home to home, Lester experiences much abuse – beatings and lack of food are quite common. While living in All Saint’s Home, he learns that he has a birth brother, Doug, but has no real sense of what that actually means.

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 troubled me was that we never really learned whether the individual claiming to be his father was actually his biological parent.

Fortunately, Les’ move to join the army lands him in the United States.

While reading Lester’s account, I found it very scary that children were being abused as badly as this young man, but nothing was done. It was a much quieter time and without media attention, situations like these fell by the wayside.

The Violets Are Mine was well-written and I could easily understand the confusion that this young boy was feeling and was rooting for him to overcome his insecurities.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Joanne has always been an avid reader and loves the ability to lose herself in someone else’s life for the time that it takes to read about it. She has a huge admiration for authors and the worlds that they create for us. She enjoys reading to her granddaughters and hopes that they take up the love of reading

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Stephanie Barko. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.