Monday, February 21, 2022



England, 1949, Clara Newton’s fiancĂ© died in World War Two, and she felt as if she had died with him.  Thinking her life was over she felt like she had nothing left.  She begins looking after the orphans who also lost everything they had, during the war.  She feels her life has a purpose again.  But there is nothing easy about being a housemother.  The needs for the children in her care are so desperate, from Peg who doesn’t speak and Joyce who has polio.  Clara will do anything she possibly can for the children.  But then Clara receives horrible news that the orphanage is going to be sold and the children will be sent away.  Joyce and Peg will be sent to a home for disabled children and all the others will be sent to Australia.  Clara has to find homes for them or she will never see them again.  She has to do everything she can to save them, but most of all she must keep them together, all they have is each other.  They need her as much as she needs them.  

This is the second book in the series Shilling Grange Children’s Home, and it was just as good as the first book.  This was a wonderful continuation of the series as it was nice to reconnect with the children.  This story was so wonderfully written that you can’t help but relate with Clara and her love for the children.  This book was both heartbreaking and inspirational.  This is such a rapid page turner and is one that is sure to stay with you for a very long time.  The unforgettable characters and their situations were so heartwarming and captivating, and the flow of the story made this an unputdownable book. This story was so well written that I felt like I wanted to jump into the book and wipe away their tears.  It was truly phenomenal, I loved it.

Thank you Lizzie Page for such a beautifully written story filled with inspiration and hope.  I look forward to reading the last book in the series.  I loved it and I highly recommend it.


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Lizzie Page
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: February 17, 2022 
Pages: 436 
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Shilling Grange Orphanage, England, 1949.She would do anything to protect the innocent children in her care. But soon they could be sent into danger…

When Clara Newton’s fiancĂ© died during World War Two, she thought her life was over. But now she looks after orphans who, like her, lost everything during the war. Children like sweet little Peg who won’t speak, and Joyce whose body was scarred by polio. Clara loves them all dearly, even though life as a housemother can be lonely – especially now that Ivor, a D-Day war hero with dark brown eyes who once helped with the children, has disappeared…

But then Clara receives some terrible news. The orphanage is going to be sold and the children sent far away. Joyce and Peg will be taken to a notorious home for disabled children. The others will be sent to Australia, where Clara fears they will be mistreated by unknown families. Any day now, the children could lose everything she worked so hard to provide…

With wealthy buyers lined up to purchase Shilling Grange and a ship already docked waiting to carry the children away, Clara is desperate. She must find loving new homes for them quickly, but time is running out… Can she save the orphans before they lose everything all over again? And even if Ivor returns when she needs him the most, will it be too late?


Lizzie Page is the pseudonym of Sam Lierens, a mum of three, who has lived and worked in Paris, Tokyo and London and loves combining her love of history with fiction.  She loves reading ALL the books, and always loved reading the adventures of women in the past so it seemed natural to her to write historical fiction.

She lives with her family and dog by the sea in South East England.She enjoys traveling and she’s had lots of different jobs from waitressing and teaching to admin and bingo-calling – but being a writer is her absolute favourite.

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