Tuesday, March 07, 2023



England, 1951 it has been six years since the end of the war and people are still trying to put their lives back together as best they can.  So much heartache and loss.  Clara Newton has loved each and every child that has been placed in the Shilling Grange Children’s Home throughout the years.  Many children have aged out and moved on trying to find their place in the world.  Gladys still misses her two brothers Trevor and Frank.  Florrie continues to work through the trauma in her life and Peg still doesn't speak.  Clara never gave up on any of the children.  Clara put her whole life and happiness on hold to care for the children she loves so much.  She turned down Ivor’s proposal because had she gotten married, she wouldn’t be allowed to work, and she wasn’t willing to walk away from the children that still need her care.  The children’s home is under constant attacks of vandalism and Clara wants to know who is behind it and why.  One day on an outing with the children, an event changed their lives forever. 

I have really enjoyed this series.  Author Lizzie Page has such an amazing talent for absorbing the reader into the story and establishing a personal relationship with the characters.  I felt  personally invested in the lives of Clara, Ivor and the children.  I was anxiously waiting for each installment in this series to be released because I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next.  This was a story of courage, survival, love, family, and friendship.  This was the fourth installment in what is a phenomenal series.  This unputdownable and rapid page-turner is one that I will recommend over and over again.  I loved everything about this story.   

Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Lizzie Page
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: March 3, 2023
Pages: 394 
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England, 1951. In the aftermath of World War Two, Clara’s orphanage is all these children have left. Can she keep them safe and help them to heal? A heart-warming and emotional story of love and loss.

Clara Newton has dedicated her life to taking care of orphans who have nobody in the world but her. From affectionate Gladys, who desperately misses her older brothers, to traumatised Florrie who longs for her father and refuses to eat, Clara loves each of the children like they are her own.

But even though she has opened her heart to so many little ones, when brown-eyed war hero 
Ivor asks her to marry him, Clara is afraid to take a chance on love. Would married life prevent her from dedicating herself completely to her orphans?

Clara is soon distracted from the troubles of her heart when her beloved orphanage comes under attack. Someone throws stones through the window, and a threatening message is chalked near the door. Why would anyone want to frighten innocent children? And as the attacks get worse, can Clara keep the orphans safe?

Desperate to protect the little ones in her care, Clara takes the children on a day out. Away from the orphanage, Clara hopes that she and the children will be able to put their worries behind them. But when a terrible accident happens, 
will they all make it out alive? And will it be too late for Clara to tell Ivor how she really feels?


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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