A sweet story of hope and love set against the poignant backdrop of a 1910 orphanage
Sadie Sillsby works as the assistant to the matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children, pouring all her energy into caring for the boys and girls who live there and dreaming of the day she'll marry her beau, Blaine, and have children of her own. But when the matron surprises everyone by announcing her own engagement, Sadie is suddenly next in line for the esteemed job of running the orphanage.
There's one glitch. The matron cannot be married. She must focus her attention on the financial, legal, and logistical matters of the Home. Sadie's heart is torn. Should she give up her plans for a life with Blaine in order to continue serving these children who have no one else? Does she, a young woman who was once an orphan herself, have what it takes to succeed in such a challenging career? And when the future of the Home begins to look bleak, can Sadie turn things around before the place is forced to close forever?
I am in such awe of this compelling story's turns and surprises. I kept thinking about it days after reading. Mateer's writing gift shines through in this heart-warming, heart-wrenching, and joyful story of love.
Laurie Alice Eakes, author of Choices of the Heart
Fresh and heartfelt, this is a novel to savor. Highly recommended!
Laura Frantz, author of Love's Reckoning
Full of characters who will touch your heart.
RT Book Reviews
[A] heartwarming tale of compassion, love and learning to trust that God's plan is best. It reminded me a lot of the writings of Janette Oke.
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