Friday, June 16, 2023



England, 1945: Rosie Lyman has a heart to help the children rescued from the concentration camps after the War.  She is a volunteer helping at an orphanage in the Lake District.  Rosie has lost so much in her life, her daughter and the man she loves.  There are so many children that need her help, her love and attention.  Leon Rosenblat arrives with so many orphan children in need, Rosie can’t help but notice one in particular, Frieda.  She is one of the many Polish Jewish children that has been rescued and is seeking help at Rosie’s orphanage.  She is withdrawn and Rosie’s heart goes out to her.  She is determined to help Frieda no matter the cost.  Rosie and Leon spend a lot of time together helping the orphans through such a horrible time in their life.  Rosie and Leon make it their mission to restore the lives of the orphans and give them hope.

The Last Orphan by author Kate Hewitt is book six in the Amherst Island Series.  This story is one of reliance, strength, and hope.  It was a wonderful  addition to such a phenomenal series.  I cried many times as I flipped through each page.  This heartbreaking story is one that is sure to remain in my heart.  This was a story of brokenness, resilience, strength and courage, while relying on those around you for love and encouragement.   I loved everything about this unforgettable series and it is one that I will continue to recommend again and again.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Kate Hewitt
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: June 14, 2023
Pages: 342 
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If these children could heal, shouldn’t Rosie be able to as well? What made her grief so strong that it kept her from trying again, from learning to live, to reallylive, and to love once more?

1945, England: When Rosie Lyman travels to the Lake District as a volunteer to help children rescued from the horror of the concentration camps after the Second World War, she hopes that by caring for the young orphans, she can distract herself from the loss of the man she loves and her beloved daughter.

From the moment the children arrive, Rosie is rushed off her feet as she welcomes the new arrivals. But when she notices one particularly quiet girl, who has isolated herself from the other children, Rosie senses a wealth of sadness inside 
Frieda similar to her own and becomes determined to help her.

As she struggles to connect with the young girl, Rosie meets one of the adults traveling with the children, 
Leon Rosenblat. And although they don’t always see eye to eye, as they begin to care for the orphans, Rosie senses a warmth within him, and soon finds herself thinking about his kind smile, dark hair and glittering brown eyes…

But as time passes, Rosie finds her own grief harder to contain. And as she watches Frieda and the other children begin to heal, she realises she must face her own heartbreak and loss. Is Rosie brave enough to share her story? And, if she is, will she finally be able to trust her heart once more?


Kate Hewitt is the bestselling author of many novels of women’s fiction, including the Hartley-by-the-Sea series set in the Lake District, the Willoughby Close series set in the Cotswolds, and Tales From Goswell written as Katharine Swartz. Her novel A Mother’s Goodbye has been called ‘unputdownable’ and ‘the most emotional book I have ever read’ by readers. Her latest novel, Not My Daughter, is out now, and No Time to Say Goodbye is available for preorder.

She lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five young(ish) children, along with their two Golden Retrievers. Join her newsletter for monthly updates and giveaways on her website, or be part of her Facebook groups Kate’s Reads.

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