Published by Multnomah BooksSeries: McAllister Family #1
Date Published:25 June, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical
Source: Publisher, Waterbrook & Multnomah
Purchase: Amazon~ B&N
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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”.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Publisher, Waterbrook & Multnomah and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.
Carrie Turansky has done it again! She has taken wonderful characters, an intriguing, powerful plot line and blended them with the perfect amount of faith, hope and love. This book, from start to finish, had me absolutely captivated. I had this book finished in less than 24 hours, and I am absolutely dying for the next one already!
The children in this novel will absolutely steal your heart! Laura’s unwavering strength is a true testimony! The emotions she struggled with on the search to find her family, the faith she needed to learn to have was absolutely my own, during this amazing read. And, Andrew! Bless, I fell in love with his character and loved seeing him woven into the story.
This is a stunning, beautifully written, and utterly captivating 4 star read. Turansky takes some serious elements and weaves them into a love story that will forever stay with you. The historical elements came to life for me, and the Godly messages were a refreshing part of this page turner. If you are looking for a book that will keep you hooked until the end, and then leaving you thirsting for the next one, then look no further! No ocean is too wide for this family!