Katie, Garth, and Grace find themselves separated and put in London orphanages after the hospitalization of their mother while their older sister, Laura, is working as a lady’s maid. Garth, Katie, and Grace are put on the ship to Canada in hopes of being placed in families.
Laura is stunned to hear of what happened to her siblings while she was away, and with the unexpected help of her employer’s lawyer son, Andrew, she works to reclaim her siblings. But as she runs into legality after legality, time is running out. Laura takes a job escorting orphans to Canada in hopes of find out where her siblings were placed.
Based on true events, this story shows some of the plights of the working poor, and the disorganization that separated families sending children across an ocean to less than promised results. Laura finds true friends on her journey; she is inspired and encouraged by Rose’s faith. Henry is a kind man and man of strong faith, and mentor to Andrew willingly offering to help investigate the whole process and practice of what is going on.
This story follows various characters throughout as their journeys eventually begin to entwine, showing various sides. Laura is hardworking and determined; she struggles to find hope in the dark times. Andrew is a budding lawyer, he is passionate about righting wrongs and is willing to learn. Katie is a bright young woman, she fights to keep her family together with what little information she has, she fights to hope despite the mistreatment she faces.
A heart tugging read, compelling and historical. Friendships are forged, and faith tested. One of my favorite parts of this book was Rose and Henry and their shared strong faith and friendship. A powerful read that highlights the challenges of the working poor in England, the injustices and horrible treatment of orphans. The first in a series, I will definitely be reading the next book as soon as it comes out.