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This sequel to Daddy Long legs stands on its own. The story comes out through a series of letters written by a wealthy young woman who has been coerced into taking charge of an orphanage. Her fresh view of how things should be run cause her to clash with people accustomed to thinking of orphans as life's refuse, but her struggle teaches both them and her that there are no limits to the human heart. Her acidic relationship with the Scots doctor who works with the orphans develops into an alliance that allows their charges to flourish. A delightful read.
What could have been a really charming sequel to Daddy Long Legs becomes something quite ugly, due to the frequent comments on how 'defective' children (deaf, epileptic, and mentally disabled) should be treated - ie. forced sterilisation, segregation from normal children, and even arsenic in the food!!! I know this was the period of time when eugenics were widely believed in, but to a 21st century listener, it is really disturbing and left a nasty taste in the mouth. Excellently narrated though.
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