Author: Lizzie Page
Series: Shilling Grange Children's Home #3
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 396
Date of Publication: July 13, 2022
My Rating: 5 Stars
The Orphan's Song is the third book in the Shilling Grange Children's Home series. Clara Burton is still the housemother, and she has both old and new charges under her care. The first two books, The Orphanage and A Place to Call Home, were very endearing and this third book is just as engaging.
If you have been following this series, you will be familiar with some of the children living at the small orphanage, including Rita, Peg, Maureen, and a few others. When Clara receives a new child, Clifford, he comes without a file, so Clara is unaware of any challenges facing him - a precocious young gentleman who would prefer to be called Cliff. Another new child, Denny, has his own challenges, but Clara proves she is more than worthy when it comes to caring for all of the children.
Clara's time is torn. One thing is that the children have formed a singing group and they have an immediate opportunity to perform an the upcoming Festival of Britain. One of the surprises that Clara finds is that Peg, a child who does not speak at all, is exceptional with playing the drums, and this puts a light in young Peg's eyes. There is another situation that takes Clara's time, and that is a fire in the barn raises quite a bit of concern as she is chilled at the thought that the fire could have reached the house where she and the children are living.
One very special thing about Clara is that once the children move on, like Peter, Clara stays in touch with them. Moreover, her concern for all of the children really shines through, such as when Maureen experiences emotional pain. I also enjoyed Evelyn's role in this book, as she was my favorite child in book two, thus illustrating the benefit of reading this delightful series in order. Each story truly touched my heart. Then there is Clara's neighbor and friend Ivor. I loved his role in this book and really look forward to seeing where things go with him and Clara in the next book in this series.
For a book and series that will make your heart sing, although there are sad moments - especially considering that the children are all orphans - then I highly recommend these books by Lizzie Page.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lizzie Page loves reading ALL the books, and she's always loved reading the adventures of women in the past so it seemed natural to her to write historical fiction.
Lizzie lives with her family by the sea in South East England. And with her dog. How did she forget her dog? She enjoys traveling and lived in Japan for several years. Lizzie has had lots of different jobs from waitressing and teaching to admin and bingo-calling - but being a writer is her absolute favourite.