Saturday, September 09, 2023



Clara Newton became the House Mother of Shilling Grange Orphanage, with the intent of putting her life back together.  The war had ripped apart so many lives and destroyed everything in its path.  Clara has found hope in the orphans that are under her care.  She is planning her wedding to Ivor and discovers that she is expected to leave Shilling Grange Orphanage once they are married.  But she is all the orphans have and can’t ever imagine leaving them.  She has been the only constant in their lives and she loves each and every one of them with her whole heart.  Clara faces troubles head on at every turn and when a monstrous storm takes place she faces yet another challenge.  When the storm hits and catastrophic flooding comes, she is, once again put into a position to save the children she loves so dearly.

An Orphan’s Wish written by author Lizzie Page was a heartbreaking and emotional historical read.  I am amazed by the way the author pulls you into this story.  I felt love for each orphan and was looking forward to attending the wedding of Clara and Ivor. I have enjoyed this phenomenal series and walking with Clara through every joyful experience and heartbreaking challenge that she endured.  This final series installment tied up the entire series just perfectly.  This series is definitely a favorite of mine and it will remain in my heart.  This is one that I will re-read again and again, when I want to visit an old friend and will recommend every chance I get.  Deserves a ten star rating for sure.


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Lizzie Page
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: September 6, 2023
Pages: 428 
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England, 1953. An emotional and heartbreaking story about children tragically orphaned by the war, and the woman who is determined to save them, whatever it takes.

Clara Newton became House Mother of Shilling Grange Orphanage, it was only supposed to be temporary, a job to help piece her life back together again after the war had torn it apart. But five years on, Shilling Grange is more than just a job, it’s her calling. The orphans have given her a reason to live again, as has her handsome war hero neighbour Ivor, who is now her dashing fiancĂ©.

As Clara starts to plan her perfect wedding, she is shocked to discover that the village expects her to leave Shilling Grange once she is married. They can’t imagine how she could possibly be a good housewife while working full time at the orphanage. But Clara is horrified at the idea of deserting her orphans who have no one else in the world.

Clara starts to consider who could possibly replace her if she left. Who would take care of precious Peg who has never spoken a word or known love from anyone but Clara? And who would protect timid Jonathan from his life-changing secret that only Clara knows?

But when a storm causes a catastrophic flood that risks the life of Ivor and the children, Clara is suddenly on the brink of losing everything once more. In this final heart-wrenching book in the series, will Clara and Ivor finally make it down the aisle? And will Clara find the strength to save the orphanage and stop it from falling into the wrong hands?


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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