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Publisher's Summary

CBA best-selling author Kim Vogel Sawyer - ACF Book of the Year winner for Waiting for Summer's Return - delivers enthralling, historically rich tales whose unforgettable characters resonate with poignant intensity and compelling authenticity.

After a New York tenement fire kills their immigrant parents in 1886, Maelle, Mattie, and Molly Gallagher soon find themselves aboard a crowded orphan train - hoping a family will adopt them in Missouri. Despite eight-year-old Maelle's best efforts to keep the young survivors together, they must split up. A traveling photographer adopts her, a grieving family takes Mattie, and a wealthy couple claims Molly. Keeping her parents' ribbon-wrapped love letters, Maelle entrusts the fading family picture to Mattie and the well-worn family Bible to Molly. And, in a tearful parting, Maelle vows to one day find her younger siblings.

©2008 Kim Vogel Sawyer (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"A sympathetic protagonist and interesting historical detail enhance this sweet, simple story of family bonds and faith....A good family read." ( Library Journal)

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Excellent!

A trip to the past through the eyes of Irish immigrants. Love, loss, and trials grab the heart and make this book unforgettable.

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  • A. C.
  • Tucson, AZ
  • 04-12-17

Love the narrators Irish brogue

Great story about the orphan trains and an immigrant family. Loved the narration Heather O'Neil did an excellent job. You can never go wrong with a book written by Kim Vogel Sawyer. She writes lovely Christian works.

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Almost Didn't Finish

I found the narrator's voice extremely irritating. If it wasn't for the story line, I wouldn't have finished. The story is a very touching one. However, the author left you up in the air at the end. I dislike this about an author. Another irritating thing, is the story is broke into two parts - when the send part started, it automatically fast forwarded past the beginning of the second part. I had to rewind it to the beginning of the second part to get to the beginning of it.

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Feel good book.

I love that the author ties Gods work throughout the story. Easy listening feel good book. Keep my attention through the whole story.

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Super preachy

Not a terrible story, but stops at regular intervals to awkwardly insert references to God and the bible that interrupt the flow of the story.

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wonderful christian book

a book that deals with terrible heartbreaking tragedy at the begining of the book...but God has a plan!!!

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