An Awakened Heart by Jody Hedlund ~ Review

An Awakened Heart (Orphan Train, #0.5)
My Review: 

Christine Pendleton is a spinster, who has just lost her mother, she is devoted to volunteering at the Centre Street Chapel. Christine sees the physical needs of the weary women and children who attend the services and wants to do something to help them improve their lives and leave prostitution behind. So she approaches Reverend Guy Bedell with her idea to help the women find respectable work.

Guy is beginning to wonder if it is time to move on from the Centre Street Chapel and find a new ministry, so he prays for a sign. When Christine approaches him about helping the women find respectable jobs, he is hesitant, but when he sees her devotion and compassionate heart, he begins to believe that maybe this is where God wanted him all along.

Will they be able to weather the storms ahead in order to provide a safe haven for the women and children barely surviving on the streets of New York City.

A short story novella that opens Ms. Hedlund's newest forthcoming Orphan Train Series. I  loved Christine right away and my heart went out to her, her confidence is shaky at first, but she is so clever and wants to show others the love of Christ. I admired her willingness to sacrifice her own comfort for strangers in order to give them a way out of prostitution.

We also get to meet Elise and her siblings, who are orphans living in an overcrowded flat with their uncle, threatened with being thrown out onto the street everyday. The first full length novel in this series will tell her story.

Guy is passionate about his work, but he has become disheartened as his message appears to be falling on deaf ears. He is decisive and knows what he wants, I liked how he admires Christine and her devotion to the less fortunate.

Overall a great introduction to the characters of this brand new series. I loved reading Christine and Guy's story.

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