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Dod o Hyd i Siop Lyfrau
Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Daughter of Shame
Gwen Madoc
ISBN: 9780340792780 (0340792787)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi: Ebrill 2006  Cyhoeddwr: Hodder & Stoughton
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 512 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Archebir yn ôl y galw Ein Pris: £5.99   
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Nofel wedi'i seilio yng Nghymoedd De Cymru yn yr 1920au. Y mae i'r stori arwres amlwg sy'n oroeswr, er gwaethaf y dychryn, y gofid a'r rhwystrau y mae'n rhaid iddi eu goresgyn.

Set in the 1920s in the Welsh valleys, this novel has a strong-willed heroine who is a survivor, despite the horror, traumas and obstacles she has to overcome.
Gwen Madoc’s saga is set in the Rhondda valley and in Swansea in the 1920s. The ‘daughter of shame’ is Jenni Goodenough who is 15 years old at the start of the story and training to be a dressmaker.

The dramatic first chapters describe the tragic events when Jenni’s father murders her mother and is hanged. With no other relatives, Jenni has to lodge with her mother’s unhappy, cantankerous cousin while she finishes her apprenticeship. Jenni is ostracised by most of the town because her father was a murderer and her mother labelled a ‘slut’. When the cousin dies and leaves Jenni some money, she changes her surname and moves to Swansea. There she finds lodgings with kind people who become her new family and she finds work as a skirt-hand in ‘Samuel Tregevny & Sons’, a bespoke tailor’s shop. She is determined to keep her dark history a secret and to make a new life. Working in the busy tailors shop, she falls in love with the married son of the owner, Samuel Tregevny, a self-made man who hates scandal.

The following chapters are full of deception, duplicity, seduction, pregnancies, thefts, lies, anguish and heartache. The disparity between those raised in the poorer parts of the valleys and the shanty town area of Swansea, and the newly rich families like the Tregevnys, is clearly depicted and is the cause of much of the dishonesty. Jenni goes through many hardships as she strives to leave the past behind, but at the end there is the promise of a happier future.

Gwen Madoc’s interest in the history of Swansea lends an authentic atmosphere to the story. She writes with passion and creative imagination. The story holds the reader’s interest from the first page.

Beryl Thomas

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