Sunday, March 5, 2023

BLOG TOUR - The Children Left Behind


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?

An utterly tear-jerking, heart-warming and unforgettable historical novel, set in the aftermath of World War Two. Perfect for fans of Before We Were Yours, Diney Costeloe and The Orphan Sisters.

(PREVIOUSLY TITLED: An Orphan’s Hope) 

The Children Left Behind
Author:  Lizzie Page
Series:  Shilling Grange Children's Home #4
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Historical Fiction 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:     410
Date of Publication:   March 3, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars

In this touching fourth book in the Schilling Grange Children’s Home series, Clara Newton’s orphanage currently has three children in residence. Clara loves the children very much, and this includes the children who have moved onto better circumstances. One child, young Gladys, is really missing her two older brothers. While Clara looks for information about the boys, her romantic life with neighbor Ivor is giving her pause. 

While on the one hand, she loves how close she and Ivor have gotten, but her priority has always been the children, even at the cost of her own happiness. While navigating her relationship with Ivor, Clara is also sorting her feelings about her father. Then there is confusion about difficulties at the orphanage. There is sabotage going on and this really makes Clara nervous and increases her concern for the children. 

I have really been enjoying this series by Lizzie Page as Clara has grown when it comes to how far she will go for the children in her care. I love how this latest book has Clara looking at herself, her life and her needs, all while everyday things were going on. However, additional stresses had her contemplating her life choices. I so much loved how this book came to a close, and I can’t wait to see where Clara and this series goes in the next book. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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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.

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