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I found Charity Girl a very enlightening novel. It covers a period that is not commonly found in literature from a unique perspective. Of course, we have heard of the "studies" on mental patients and the disabled during World War II and this touches on that same violation of human rights. Besides the empathy the reader has for a young women struggling to gain control of her life in a precarious financial state, there is the outrage at the treatment of women and the assumption that they are the cause of men's problems. I was engrossed in it from the very start and felt sad for the circumstances that left her so lost. The peace that she made with her mother was satisfying since they then struggled together.