Wednesday, July 13, 2022



England, 1951: Clara Newton was engaged to an American pilot who, like so many others, didn’t survive World War II.  Clara, still heartbroken from losing him, manages to find a new purpose for her life.  She tends to the young orphans in a children’s home.  Clara see’s so many wonderful talents in each child.  Their musical talents are surfacing as they prepare to perform in the Festival of Britain.  Clara has lived with these children and has helped them through the hardest times of their lives.  Rita, Peg and Maureen have been with Clara for so long, and when a new orphan, Clifford, arrives on their doorstep their lives change once again.  Clara has to find anything and everything she can about Clifford because he arrived with no background file.  She knows nothing about him.  Clara is determined to discover everything about Clifford. 

I loved the continuation to the Shilling Grange Children’s Home Series. This story was the third book in the series and is every bit as good as the first two books.  I absolutely loved this heart-warming story.  The characters of this series are so loveable, and the reader forms a special bond with them.  One of my favorite things about the story is how the orphan’s stay in touch with Clara even after they move out and move on with their lives.  The story exudes the love that they have for Clara.  This is the third installment in the series and can be read as a stand alone.  It’s a definite must read, I loved this book and I highly recommend it.

Thank you Lizzie Page for such a wonderful addition to the Shilling Grange Children's Home Series.  This emotional and heartbreaking  story was well written.  It kept my attention from beginning to end.   I truly enjoyed it and I definitely recommend it.  


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Lizzie Page
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: July 13, 2022 
Pages: 396 
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England, 1951. A tear-jerking and uplifting story about children orphaned by war, the grieving young woman who cares for them, and their journey together to healing.

Clara Newton’s American pilot fiancé died during the war, she thought she might never heal. But now she has a new life looking after orphans in a children’s home named in his memory. Like wide-eyed, musical little Rita, who refuses to believe her mother died during the Blitz. With the Festival of Britain approaching, Clara is delighted to see the children singing and preparing to audition together. And with D-Day war hero and handyman Ivor living next door, she begins to open her heart once more.

But when a deeply troubled orphan arrives on Clara’s doorstep, she faces her greatest challenge yet. 
Clifford has arrived without a background file and while Clara struggles to meet his needs, she is desperately in need of help. Turning to Ivor for comfort, she is broken-hearted when he decides he may never be ready for love again, as he adjusts to life as a single father.

Clara has never failed to help any of the orphans in her care. And when little Rita encourages Clifford to join their singing group, she hopes he may begin to find his way. But soon he endangers not only their beloved plans for the Festival of Britain but the lives of the other children…

When disaster strikes, can Clara save the orphans and make Rita’s dreams of singing for Britain come true? And while Ivor cares for his baby alone, can Clara have a future with the man she loves?


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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