Wednesday, June 14, 2023

BLOG TOUR - The Last Orphan


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 really live, 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?

The sixth novel in the unmissable page-turning Amherst Island series, set after the Second World War in England, this unputdownable and truly gripping read is perfect for fans of The Orphan Sisters and My Name is Eva.


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Title:   The Last Orphan
Author:  Kate Hewitt 
Series:  Amherst Island #6
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Historical Fiction 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   342
Date of Publication:   June 14, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars
The war is over, and now there are more than a few orphans who need further assistance after experiencing unspeakable horrors in concentration camps. Not only have these surviving children lost their parents, some have lost entire families. Rosie is one of the people that will help the children on their new paths in life. When she notices one child who holds herself separate from the rest, Frieda, Rosie finds herself quite drawn to the girl.

Meanwhile, one of the adults also there is named Leon, and Rosie can see past the shadows in his eyes that he is suffering as much as the children are. Leon, other adults and the children are not the only ones who have suffered great loss. Rosie has as well. Perhaps it is because they are lost souls, Rosie, Leon and Frieda all form bonds with one another.

However, there are conflicts. For one thing, the place for the children is meant to be temporary, so any connection is not meant to last. The organization aiding the children is hoping to get as many of them with extended family members as possible, thus Rosie just might feel even more heartache as she is coming to love young Frieda. Reunification with family members and for the children was first and foremost. This compelling read touched on some sensitive topics and was quite an emotional story. I really love how this book concluded.   

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


Kate Hewitt is the author of many romance and women’s fiction novels. A former New Yorker and now an American ex-pat, she lives in a small town on the Welsh border with her husband, five children, and their overly affectionate Golden Retriever. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling stories that tackle real issues and touch people’s lives. 

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