6. Maelle carried a dream in her heart for nearly two decades. Her hope waned, yet she never completely let go. Can dreams become burdens? Are there times we should release long-held dreams? How can we know whether we should continue to pursue or to let go?
7. Each of the children built barriers behind which to hide: Maelle hid her femininity in men’s clothing; Matt avoided Missouri; and Molly/Isabelle clung to her status as “wealthy.” What eventually brought down their barriers? Were they stronger or weaker after emerging from those barriers?
8. Maelle and Matt grew up knowing they were adopted; Molly/Isabelle found out suddenly as an adult. How did these different experiences affect their attitudes toward their own identities? Which child had the strongest sense of personal identity? Which had the weakest? What experiences and facts about ourselves give us our sense of who we are?
9. Each Gallagher child becomes involved in the plight of the working children. What were the motivations for championing this social cause?
10. In the end, the children’s pathways crossed in one small part of the world. Coincidence…or Providence?
11. What themes did you see emerge as the story progressed? What message was the author trying to present to the reader?
12. The scriptures tell us that “all things work together for good” for those who love God. Could you see evidence of God’s hand at work in these children’s lives?