Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans--but was that the truth?
After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908, leaving their mother to scrape by for her three younger children, while oldest daughter, Laura, works on a large estate more than an hour away. When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized, twins Katie and Garth and eight-year-old Grace are forced into an orphans' home before Laura is notified about her family's unfortunate turn of events in London. With hundreds of British children sent on ships to Canada, whether truly orphans or not, Laura knows she must act quickly. But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything.
Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young British lawyer and heir to the estate where Laura is in service, discovers that this common practice of finding new homes for penniless children might not be all that it seems. Together Laura and Andrew form an unlikely partnership. Will they arrive in time? Will their friendship blossom into something more?
Inspired by true events, this moving novel follows Laura as she seeks to reunite her family and her siblings who, in their darkest hours, must cling to the words from Isaiah: "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God".
Author Carrie Turansky has penned a hope-filled novel, in spite of the difficulties the characters faced.
There were many scenes in which the heartbreak, or suffering, or anger was so real. The romance was sweet, and the characters were likable. Not everything was neatly tied up at the end of the story, so I'm looking forward to the sequel.
I especially enjoyed getting to know fourteen-year-old Katie. Until recent events, she had had a happy childhood, but circumstances brought her into some undesirable placements. She remained hard-working, loyal to her family, and committed to the truth. Her older sister Laura was equally hard-working and dedicated to her family.
Readers of historical fiction will be sure to enjoy the story of the McAlister family in their quest to reunite.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Multnomah, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
About the Book
Bestselling Inspirational Author Carrie Turansky writes historical and contemporary novels set in England and the US. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Holt Medallion, and the International Digital Award. Readers say her stories are: "Heartwarming and inspiring! I couldn't put it down!" . . . "Touching love story. It captured me from the first page! Rich characters, beautifully written" . . . "My new favorite author!" Visit her website and sign up for her email newsletter at Carrie Turansky.com. Follow Carrie on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.