In the late 1930s, the five Foss children find themselves entrapped at the Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage. They were collected against the true knowledge of their parents, through the work of Georgia Tann. Ms. Tann for years ran an illegal adoption ring and was in charge of child trafficking. Although the Foss children are a fictional family, the stories their lives hold are based on accounts from children impacted by the scandal. Actually much bigger than a scandal, but oh my.
It’s a riveting read as modern day granddaughter who is an attorney seeks to find out and maybe hide the possibly family dirty laundry. What Avery Staffords finds will keep the reader turning pages. In finding the truth behind May’s story, Avery is also forced to make personal decisions that will impact her own adult years.
This was a much anticipated, by me, book as I’ve read and relished her other stories over the years. Thanks to Lisa Wingate for another super read! And, thanks to Ballantine Books for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.
Neva Shilling has the surprise of her life when three youngsters are delivered to her doorstep. Turns out they are the children of her husband…children he has had with a second wife without her knowledge. (Guess that wouldn’t happen these days with social media!) He has died and asked her to take them in and make a home for them. Can you imagine? Neva has to figure out how to tell her 14 year old twins, make a life for the family of 6, run a business, and survive life in a town where everyone knows your business. Neva also has a heart for the hobos who visit her home for meals. Set in Kansas during the Depression this is a story of compassion, forgiveness, family and love. I enjoyed it.
Thanks to Waterbrook Press for providing me a copy to review in my own words.
A Simple Prayer is an easy read based in a modern-day Amish/Englisher community. It is a story about finding family. Sometimes that is family that under appreciates you. Sometimes it is family that has been lost to you for a while. Both Linda Zook and Aaron Ebersol are young 30-somethings who have been living and working and trying to find their place with family. This pair has common ground in helping one another reach out and overcome family obstacles. Since one is English and one is Amish, they must do this as friends.
Ewan McKay, a young man with ambition and a great work ethic, travels to West Virginia with his uncle to take over and run a brickyard. Laura Woodfield, daughter of the prior brickyard owner, works with Ewan to familiarize him with the area and the contacts needed to earn brick contracts. A daughter of privilege, Laura is down-to-earth and seems completely at ease in a variety of social circles. I suspect this is true of many post-Civil War Americans. War changed things. Ewan has immigrated from Scotland/Ireland and needs to work to find his place. There were some twists and turns in the book with Ewan’s crazy, gambling Uncle Hugh and his super-demanding, hard-to-please Aunt Margaret. There are several other female characters who probably deserve books of their own. Although I thought it had a slow starts, by page 70, I was hooked.
Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing me an advance copy for a review in my own words.
Dinah Hubley is grateful to secure a job as a chambermaid in the Fred Harvey restaurant/hotel system. Amos Ackerman is trying to build up a chicken farm, against the odds of his physical handicap. Experienced with challenges in their young lives, the two characters battle external and internal forces on their way to finding God’s paths for their lives. Also, there is Ruthie, Dinah’s Christian roommate, who struggles too with her current lot in life. It’s a story of redemption and putting one’s trust in God’s direction. Thanks for Waterbrook Press for providing me an advance copy to review.
Dinah Taylor and Garret Miller are professionals with busy careers who find themselves drawn into the world of Jonah and his dog, Mutt. Through a turn of events, Dinah finds herself in a guardianship role to Jonah and she must learn how to balance work and family. Garrett provides a counterbalance for Dinah and the two find themselves bumping into one another in difference circumstances. There are some oddities in the story of Jonah’s young life, but the true goal of the story is bringing three people closer to each other and to God. Author Snelling works with that theme and creates an enjoyable tale in the process.
Carrie and Ollie are both undercover in the world of Dinsmore’s chocolate factory in the mid-west. For different reason, but with the intent of working on behalf of the employees, they each set out to learn what they can about the behind-the-scenes operations of the factory. I learned a fair bit about early 1900s factory operations. So much happened in the course of the story. Letta and her two brothers still have an additional story to tell, I think. Carrie and Ollie work on the mystery of the elevator shaft death. And, they undercover a bigger problem in that investigation. My disappointment with any character was Mr. Dinsmore, Sr. (Ollie’s dad) who was too much out of touch with plan operations. Carrie and Ollie were great characters with big hearts. It was an enjoyable read that also taught me about factories at the turn of the 20th century.