Sometimes a book blurb just catches your eye, and the latest one for me was Lizzie Page's An Orphan's Song. I saw it in a book blogger Facebook group, so I requested it and was quite excited not only to get receive it but be a part of the book tour as well.
About An Orphan's Song:England, 1951. A tear-jerking and uplifting story about children orphaned by war, the grieving young woman who cares for them, and their journey together to healing.
When Clara Newton’s American pilot fiancé died during the war, she thought she might never heal. But now she has a new life looking after orphans in a children’s home named in his memory. Like wide-eyed, musical little Rita, who refuses to believe her mother died during the Blitz. With the Festival of Britain approaching, Clara is delighted to see the children singing and preparing to audition together. And with D-Day war hero and handyman Ivor living next door, she begins to open her heart once more.
But when a deeply troubled orphan arrives on Clara’s doorstep, she faces her greatest challenge yet. Clifford has arrived without a background file and while Clara struggles to meet his needs, she is desperately in need of help. Turning to Ivor for comfort, she is broken-hearted when he decides he may never be ready for love again, as he adjusts to life as a single father.
Clara has never failed to help any of the orphans in her care. And when little Rita encourages Clifford to join their singing group, she hopes he may begin to find his way. But soon he endangers not only their beloved plans for the Festival of Britain but the lives of the other children…
When disaster strikes, can Clara save the orphans and make Rita’s dreams of singing for Britain come true? And while Ivor cares for his baby alone, can Clara have a future with the man she loves?
What a great read! After the death of her American pilot fiancé during WW2, Clara has found a purpose for herself in caring for orphans at a children's home. The children provide her with a reason to go on and as they come and go into her life, Clara forms special bonds with them. It is touching to see that the orphans who do move on stay in touch with Clara and their "siblings" at the home. Add in Ivor, the widower next door who also has a bond with Clara, and one wonders what the future just might hold for her.
I will say (and this isn't the first time) that I'm now going to have to go back and read the prior entries in the series.
Lizzie Page loves reading ALL the books, and she's always loved reading the adventures of women in the past so it seemed natural to her to write historical fiction.
Lizzie lives with her family by the sea in South East England. And with her dog. How did she forget her dog? She enjoys traveling and lived in Japan for several years. Lizzie has had lots of different jobs from waitressing and teaching to admin and bingo-calling - but being a writer is her absolute favourite.
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