Bethany House Publishers
The intriguing backdrop of an early-1900s orphanage makes this a unique, engaging read.
Sadie Sillsby works as the assistant to the matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children and dreams of the day she'll marry her beau, Blaine. But when the matron surprises everyone by announcing her own engagement, Sadie is suddenly next in line for the job. For a young woman who was once an orphan herself, a shot at such an esteemed position is a wish come true.
But the matron of the Home cannot be married. Is Sadie willing to give up her dreams of a life with Blaine and a family of her own? Is she prepared to forgo daily involvement with the children as she instead manages the financial, legal, and logistical aspects of the orphanage? And when it's revealed that the Home is spending a lot more money than it's taking in, can Sadie turn things around before the place is forced to close forever?
As always, I just LOVE Mateer's writing! I could write a novel trying to describe how amazing her books are. This one was no exception, and the journey to discover how things were going to turn out was a literary journey that kept me guessing the entire ride.
Sadie's character development was well done, and I loved how we got glimpses of Sadie's past little by little. I eagerly anticipated all the clues from the past that made her the woman she became. What I took away from the story was that who we are, the way we are raised, and the mistakes we make don't have to define our future. I would say it's Mateer's best work yet, but I loved her previous novels and I know she'll write fantastic novels in the future. Recommended to every lover of Christian fiction.
This book was provided by Bethany House Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.