The Orphan Thief

Narrated by: Stephanie Beattie
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Fiction, Chick Lit
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From the international best-selling author of The Secret Orphan

When all seems lost....

As Hitler’s bombs rain down on a battered and beleaguered Britain, Ruby Shadwell is dealt the most devastating blow - her entire family lost during the Coventry Blitz. 

Hope still survives....

Alone and with the city in chaos, Ruby is determined to survive this war and rebuild her life. And a chance encounter with street urchin Tommy gives Ruby just the chance she needs....

And love will overcome.

Because Tommy brings with him Canadian Sergeant Jean-Paul Clayton. Jean-Paul is drawn to Ruby and wants to help her, but Ruby cannot bear another loss. 

Can love bloom amidst the ruins? Or will the war take Ruby’s last chance at happiness too?

©2019 Glynis Peters (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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My least favorite WW II book ever

I can't believe how many stars this has. It was SO slow and contrived. The characters took 28 chapters to figure out the most obvious "plot twist" ever imagined. I know it was a different time and the British are known for their "stiff upper lip" but if I had to read one more "we better not do anything about this, it's none of our buisness" I think I would scream. The parts that were directly related to the war were totally glossed over and major things that happened took no time at all but the same arguments and discussions over and over and over again with the same words in the same spot took for ever. Ugh. I wish I hadn't wasted my time on this when I could have been listening to something else. The narrator was fine for what she was reading but I sure didn't get lost in this story. I just wanted them to hurry up and get it over with. Since I usually basically mourn after reading most historical fiction books (I usually want to know more and I am sad to not be able to continue the story) maybe that's a good thing but I would not recommend this book to anyone.