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  • The Housemother

    This book warmed my heart. If only all housemothers’ in orphanages could care for the children with as much love and compassion as Clara. To realize the potential of each build and work toward expanding that potential. The ability to work through problems to find a workable solution. Working in such a way that all the children are included and accepted. Clara took the job as housemother at the orphanage when she lost her secretarial job. She found out it was a much harder job than she thought, and almost gave up before she got started. She grew to love the children and even though she made some mistakes she became very protective of them. Through the trials and triumphs you will get to know the eight wonderful children that live at the orphanage. Each character is so very special. You will laugh at their childish pranks, their little escapades and cheer at their successes. You will get to know Ivor the next door neighbor and a very good friend to the children, the other members of the small town, the doctor and his assistant Anita, . The solicitor, Julian a romantic interest of Clara who is not good with children, and Clara’s friend Judy and her husband Arthur. These all combine to make a delightful, heartwarming story with Love, laughter, and a bit of sadness. I hope you love this book as much as I did, I do recommend this book. Thanks to Lizzie Page, Bookouture, and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary copy for my honest review.

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  • Beautiful Read

    Clara is the new housemother of Shilling Grange Children’s home in Lavenham. Twenty-four hours after she arrived, she tried to leave believing that she wasn’t cut out for the job. Missing her train, she returns but gives her notice. While working her notice she decides she can do so much and she really started bonding with the children and wants what is best for them. Throughout the book she always standing up for the children, more like a real mother than a housemother, she really does her best for all of them. Even when it means she might lose her job because of it! I really enjoyed reading The Orphanage, I liked Clara a lot and she is what I think everyone would have lived as a housemother back in the day rather than what most children were given and went through. I liked how each child’s character was so different and they all shined in their own way. One character I didn’t like from the start was Julian, the vibes he gave off were that he was a quite horrible person. I didn’t like his character at all. Halfway through the book, I was still feeling the same way. Then he did something that was absolutely shocking and I was right in my assumptions of him! The book was well written and really well detailed with the picturesque countryside and village. As I have lived in Suffolk all of my life and my parents lived in Lavenham and I have spent a lot of time there so this instantly piqued my interest. I do know Shilling Grange and have heard of Jane Taylor and the famous Swan hotel it also mentioned other places in Suffolk with which I am familiar. So this was a fantastic read for me, and Lizzie Page did a great job with the descriptions and little bits of history added to it.

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  • Beautifully written and an enjoyable read.

    Clara is the new housemother for Shilling Grange orphanage, which from the starts seems to be the wrong job for Clara, she has never dealt with kids before and she now has 8 to look after, she likes paperwork but realises this job is far more than paperwork. This is based after the second World War and the kids have a total mixture of pasts to deal with. Clara gradually falls in love with all the kids and only wants the best for them, but is that enough that's not the full job of a housemother she needs to find them forever homes, can she except to let the kids move on and can she make sure they are safe?? This is a lovely story that has Clara running from her past but she also has to deals with the kids pasts as well. We'll written and an enjoyable read.

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  • Compelling read

    Shilling Grange Orphange had been a terrible place. The children were whipped, short on food and more. Clara Newton is now Housemother and her approach to the children that come through the doors is completely different from the nuns who once ran it. She shows a level of love and compassion to deal with children orphaned from the war. However, Clara did not start the job with an altruistic nature. She had lost her secretarial job and was very short on funds. She just needed employment, especially one with accomodations, thinking of this job as a place-saver, just something until she can train again for something else. However, from the smallest child to the oldest, Clara soon had a change of heart. There was little Rita, who continually asked about her mother. Then there was Alex, misunderstood by most, but a wonderful child nonetheless. Another child that touched my heart was Maureen, the oldest girl, and the issues that plagued her. And I just have to mention the adorable twins Billy and Barry. This emotional story was not only about Clara and the children. There was next door neighbor Ivor and the nun who stayed on at the orphange, Eunice. I was also touched by the town's doctor and his assistant. All of these characters played pivotal roles in this touching read. Will this only be a temporary stop for Clara? While it proved extremely challenging, Clara did her best for the children. Problems faced the orphange more than once and I loved how Clara, with Ivor's help, fought to keep these children safe at such a difficult time in their lives. This touching book has a compelling story, rich with fabulous characterization, and ends with a wonderful conclusion. I love that it is the first book in a series and cannot wait to see what is next for Clara and her charges. Many thanks for Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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  • Captivating and gorgeous

    BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'The Orphanage' by Lizzie Page. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Lizzie Page, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 27th August 2021. This is the first book I have read by this author. It is also the first book in the 'Shilling Grange Children's Home' series. I was originally drawn to this book by its beautiful cover and intriguing sounding synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that 'Fans of Before We Were Yours, Diney Costeloe and The Orphan Sisters won’t be able to put this book down.' I am a huge fan of 'Before We Were Yours' so am looking forward to seeing if this lives up to this statement. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book). This novel consists of 51 chapters. The chapters are short to medium in length so possible to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case! This book is based in England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿, UK 🇬🇧. I always enjoy when books are set in the UK as I'm from Wales and have sometimes visited areas mentioned in the book. This makes it easier to picture where the scenes are set at times. This book is written in third person perspective and the main protagonist is Clara Newton. The benefits of third person perspective are that it let's you see the bigger picture of what's going on and you get to know more characters more, what they are thinking and what they are doing. It feels like you get to see the whole picture and not miss out in anything. 'The Orphanage' discusses some topics that may trigger some readers or may not be suitable for others. I like to point this out ahead of time in my reviews so you can judge if this book is for you or not. In this book Lizzie discusses/includes child abuse and neglect. Wow!!! What an absolutely captivating heart warning read. LIZZIE WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN HIDING ALL THIS TIME?!? This may have been the first book I have read by her but it most definitely won't be the last!!! This book is absolutely beautifully written and it had me absorbed from the first page to the last. The vivid descriptions really put me in the storyline with Clara and the children and the cover and synopsis suit the storyline perfectly. The story itself was quite unique for me as in I have never actually read a fictional book about a children's home. I have read several non fiction foster books but never any fictional so I was looking forward to see if I would be as drawn in with fiction as I am with non fiction and I most certainly was!!! The storyline is filled with heartbreak, love, friendship, shocks, tension, sadness, hope and much more. My mind and heart was completely captivated throughout and I couldn't stop turning the pages from start to end. I was completely shocked and saddened by one event but I can't say I was completely surprised in regards to Peter, I can't say any more than that as I don't want to spoil it for future readers. There are several parts where I found tears running down my face which isn't an easy feat so you may want a box of tissues on standby and I would definitely clear your schedules and this really is unputdownable. I cannot wait until the next book in this beautiful and amazing series comes out!!! If it is half as addictive as this then it is bound to be a winner!!! It is always worrying when starting a new series as you have no idea who the characters are. It is very important for me to bond with not only the lead protagonists but the main characters who we see throughout the series too. I had absolutely nothing to worry about, I absolutely fell in love with the kids and I absolutely adored Clara in what she was doing for them. I love that the main protagonist was a strong female who went from someone who seemed to have certainly chosen the wrong job and really annoyed me on several occasions with her materialistic ways to a fighter and a role model for the children and I enjoyed watching her grow and develop. I look forward to meeting her again in the next book in this wonderful series. I could not stand Mrs Harrington who I found to be horrible and insensitive nor Julian who I found to be a stuck up fox killer from the start. I absolutely adored Ivor and although I was gutted for someone about something (don't want to give anything away for future readers) I am glad that it was not predictable like many books are. I am looking forward to seeing what happens with a certain Ruby. I loved all the children who each had their own unique personalities. I found Terry and Peg very sweet, Alex made me laugh on several occasions and as for Billy and Barry I must say the Weasley twins definitely came to mind!!!! An absolutely fantastic mix of characters and I am looking forward to meeting Clara, Ivor, the current children and th

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