Orphaned Hearts - eBook  -     By: Shawna K. Williams
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Vendor: Desert Breeze
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781612520018
ISBN-13: 9781612520018
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Pastor David Langley grew up in an orphanage, where he faced unrelenting cruelty because of his scars left from the fire that claimed his family. Knowing six-year-old Caleb Holsheyer is likely to face a similar fate, David makes it his mission to find the boy a loving home.

But in the midst of the Great Depression, most families are barely getting by. No one seems willing to take on the responsibility of caring for a small child, especially one who's crippled.

Sadie Miller seems the perfect solution for this dilemma. With the recent loss of her father, Sadie is alone in a large house. She's left with means to provide, and David has never known a more kind and nurturing soul.

Unfortunately, Sadie's status as a spinster presents another dilemma. If Child Welfare objects to Caleb being raised in the home of an unmarried woman, new arrangements must be found. David and Sadie team up in a desperate effort to find a home for the orphaned child they both love. While searching, might they find a family instead?

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  1. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Hope for adoption
    October 25, 2012
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Shawna Williams has written a wonderful Christmas story about adoption that is set during the Great Depression, though the hopefulness of being adopted is a daily reality for children living in an orphanage, especially for those who are crippled.

    Pastor David Langley's childhood is a poignant reminder set within this story, making for a double-edged sword in the placement of Caleb when an original adoption falls through. Rules are broken in desperation, but are picked up on when those in charge of the orphanage find out the details.

    Shawna's story is one of love, warmth, care, and concern of the town spinster, Sadie Miller, for Caleb, which is set against the rigidity, rules, and criminal activities of certain parties in the orphanage. Since single parenting was forbidden, Sadie and Pastor David set out on a plan to work out the complications. For those wanting to adopt, this is a heart-warming story of the depths of persistence an adoptive parent is willing to forge through to overcome the regulations that hinder single parent involvement.

    The camaraderie between Pastor David and Caleb bypasses outward appearances for personal reasons. And the hints of romance keep you intrigued about the relationship between the town spinster and the single Pastor, as tongues are wagging in their small town.

    This eBook was provided free by the author, Shawna K. Williams, in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received.
  2. Leesburg, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Easy read
    October 28, 2011
    cpaul
    Leesburg, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I considered the book a very light read. The characters were nicely developed but overall it was as very predictable story.
  3. New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Sweet Depression-Era Novella
    October 19, 2011
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    David Langley is pastor of a small-town church in the middle of the Great Depression, and he has a problem. A six-year-old boy is about to arrive on the train, but the family who promised to adopt him have changed their mind at the last minute. As a former orphan himself, David does not want to send the boy back to the orphanage, which leaves him with the problem of what to do with Caleb. To complicate matters, Caleb lost an arm in an accident, which makes it harder to find potential adoptive parents. This is a problem that David, horribly scarred in the fire that took his family, understands only too well.

    Sadie Miller, the town spinster, has spent the last few years caring for her ailing father and hoping that Brother Langley will notice her. Now her father is dead and, at thirty-three, she feels she is too old for the husband and family she always dreamt of. When David brings Caleb to her to look after temporarily, she agrees to take him in and soon falls in love with the small damaged child. But there is no chance that the orphanage will approve a single woman as an adoptive parent, no matter how well she might be able to provide for the child, and Sadie and David will have to fight just to get the orphanage to approve her as a temporary foster parent.

    I really enjoyed Orphaned Hearts. The writing was strong, the characters were likeable and realistic, the plot was excellent, the romance was sweet and while the novel has an underlying Christian theme, it was not overtly ‘preachy'. It also is the first novel I have read set during the Great Depression of the 1930's that has managed to not be depressing! The only problem was that it is really a novella rather than a full-length novel (43,000 words compared to 90,000 for a standard novel), and I would have liked it to be longer. Having said that, there was just enough plot for the length of the book, and to make it longer would have been adding words, not story.

    Thanks to Shawna Williams and Desert Breeze Publishing for providing a free ebook to review.
  4. Mississippi
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Read
    July 3, 2011
    Becca
    Mississippi
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    I loved this book. The author did such a good job in sweeping you into the story and each of its characters! This was an excellent read and I loved reading it!
  5. NH
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet story
    May 23, 2011
    Emrhem
    NH
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a sweet story of trust, love and acceptance. Two imperfect people learn to accept who they are and to accept that God had brought them together. Their mutual love for the orphans is woven throughout the book and their love for each other is sweetly brought out at the end of the story. I'm glad there was an epilogue, it finishes the story of David & Sadie in a tender and sweet manner. I will look for more books by Shawna Williams.
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