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  • For the Love of the Children

    An inspiring and heartwarming story, set against the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, during the depression we witness the true beauty of caring for one another. The Struggles of the mountain people, the prejudices against them, the injustices done to them by the government and their intense love for family. They worked hard and when there was no more work and they lost their homes, they gave up their children to keep them safe. We first met Lauren and Becky in Rachel Wesson's first book, "The Home for Unloved Orphans". The story continues as they take on new children and new challenges. The depression is hard on everyone and even the business's in town find it hard to stay open when no one has money to spend. While they are fighting to find the finances to stay open, the find they now must fight to keep their orphanage and the land. This brings in the story of the building of the Shenandoah state park where many mountain people were forced from their homes. It also touches on the rise of Hitler in Germany and how the beginning of the reign of terror for the Jewish in Germany. Two Jewish children are left at the orphanage by Lauren's fiancée, Edward, their uncle, while he goes to Berlin to try and convince their mother to leave. There are other challenges both personal and with the orphanage that Lauren and Becky need to work out. Will they be able to win in court and keep the orphanage? Will Edward return from Berlin? This book was a joy to read. I cannot believe the courage and fortitude people had during the hard times of the depression. It was a blessing how they worked together to help each other. I would definitely recommend this book. It is a great read. Thanks to Rachel Wesson, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy in return for an honest review.

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  • Drama, recommend, depression era

    The Depression takes it toll on so many, but indigent families in the hills of Virginia are hit the hardest. During this time period is also the rumblings of possible war overseas. All these factors affect the human element surrounding the area. Lauren Greenwood was once a society princess until she finally was able to see the real plight of the Hill People. She takes over the running of a home for children and soon funds start to dry up, but this strong woman and others will not give up. This story is not just the plight of the depression, but of the effects on those directly involved in a small community that try to keep afloat not only there own direct personal families , but the community itself. The author draws us into the book by first making you aware of a plight of children, but then she builds these amazing characters that mesh together so well. I only would have liked more with the couples and families instead of so much on whether who is in love with whom or gossip. I think the storyline like needed just a little more cohesiveness. However, I still loved the book and would recommend this book! I received this free advanced copy from NetGalley and these are my willingly given thoughts and opinions.

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  • Depression era story

    Thank you NetGalley, Rachel Wesson and Bookouture for the ARC of A baby on the Doorstep. This is my personal review. I was totally hooked on this story as I read the where the father silently went to the door and opened his bag to take the baby out and leave her on the porch. He knew she needed to be taken care of and leaving her at the Orphanage was the only hope he had for her. Lauren and Becky are doing everything they can to keep the Orphanage open. The story drew me in and kept me in the lives of each person connected with the care given to the children. This is the second book in the series, and I am going to go and read the first.

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  • Loved it

    I wish to thank NetGalley and Bookouture Publishers for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book. I have voluntarily read and reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Set in rural Virginia in the 1930s, this book is about an orphanage that is run by two young women. They believe in helping children with kindness, rather than sending the children to the County Home. One morning they find an infant left on their doorstep and welcome it lovingly to their home. They wonder who the parents might be as from time to time gifts are left for them to help in the children’s care. A note is also left indicating that the parents plan to return, whenever they can, to get the baby.. Woven into the story is the Depression, hard times, unrest in Europe and so much more. As the reader gets involved in the lives of the children, the town, and things like the government taking the farms of local citizens, including the Orphanage the story really grabs you.. There is even romance in it. This book has something for everyone and yet it is not overpowering on any one area. I found it to be a cannot put down book and highly recommend it to readers.

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  • Surprises

    This is the second book in this series that I have read and enjoyed! I loved being back with these characters and updated with their lives! We are still in the grips of the Depression, Europe is becoming unstable, a manic is taking control and people are following, they want. rid of the Jewish race/religion. At home work is till under way by the CCC’s in building the Great Smoky National Park, and more people are loosing their homes, you don’t understand unless you are the ones having their land confiscated. Lauren is still in control of the Orphanage, and what a change from the previous book! Becky is there with her, and so are the help coming from the men who support these woman, even if they aren’t responding to their love. I love the surprises, sometimes not very nice, that keep popping up, and kept me page turning, Now I can’t wait for the next book in this series! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bookoutour, and was not required to give a positive review.

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