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New York City, 1876. Ten-year-old Teddy Hansen chokes down a tearful farewell to his hardworking mother when she succumbs to pneumonia and must leave him to the mercy of God and the 32nd Street Orphanage. When police officer Justin Smith is killed by bank robbers, his grieving son, Johnny, is taken there, too. As overcrowded conditions at the home threaten to compel them to the streets, the two boys, along with abandoned twins Donna and Deena Mitchell, board an orphan train soon leaving for all points west. 348 pages, softcover from Multnomah.
When 62 orphans and abandoned children leave New York City on a train headed out West, they have no idea what to expect. Will they get separated from their friends or siblings? Will their new families love them? Will a family even pick them at all? Future events are wilder than any of them could imagine -- ranging from kidnappings and whippings to stowing away on wagon trains, from starting orphanages of their own to serving as missionaries to the Apaches. No matter what, their paths are being watched by someone who cares about and carefully plans all their tomorrows.
Bestselling author Al Lacy has written more than ninety historical and western novels, including those in the Angel of Mercy, Battles of Destiny, and Journeys of the Stranger series
JoAnna Lacy is his wife and longtime collaborator, as well as the coauthor of the Hannah of Fort Bridger, Shadow of Liberty, and Mail Order Bride series. The Lacys make their home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.