- File Size: 1308 KB
- Print Length: 99 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Mirror Press (September 28, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0752YHRMP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Miles Linden lost and his wife and young daughter 2 years ago. He still feels the loss and has closed his heart to loving and marrying again. His introduction to Addy, Daniel and Sarah is a bit comical, and quite unusual to say the least. Without revealing how it happens he and Addy end up married by the end of the day.
Both of them know this is a marriage of convenience to keep Daniel and Sarah together and to give them a home, but it doesn't take long for him to start appreciating Addy, and getting to know why she's so passionate about finding homes for the children she has taken on the Orphan Train. He sees that she loves them enough to do anything for them--including marrying him.
I loved this story. It has some humor--I laughed out loud a couple of times--but also shows the ability of the human heart to heal and the endless capacity it has for love. Even though it's a novella there's depth to the characters of Addelaide and Miles. When she runs into Caleb (a little boy who was adopted on this last Orphan Train trip), who was adopted by a woman she didn't particularly like, and sees how he's been mistreated, she immediately feels guilty for letting him be adopted by the woman. Let's just say being the brother and sister-in-law of the town's sheriff has its advantages. Miles of course isn't as gruff as he pretends to be, and it isn't long before he's opening up all of his home, and his heart to Addelaide and the children. I will definitely read more books by Michele Paige Holmes.
Adelaide works with the orphans. She knows the pain they feel. She knows the hope they want to have. Adelaide is an orphan. Years ago her parents died and she now struggles riding on the orphan train trying to place children in homes where she doesn't know if they will be loved or used as free labor. What happens when she gets an offer she knows she can't refuse...but maybe she should?
This book has a marriage of convenience, with plenty of funny circumstances surrounding it. I enjoyed the roundabout way taken to help family as well as strangers. I'm being vague but hey, I can't tell you all the secrets.
I will tell you that the heart is capable of growing and growing and growing in love. Isn't that amazing? I think so! There's such a great capacity for love inside everyone. The question is, do we take the chances associated with opening our hearts? An easy question, but for some not always an easy answer. First, the heart must be allowed to heal (but what better way to heal than love?).
I loved watching the many characters in this story and seeing how their choices to love, or not love, affected their growth in life. The backstories were heartbreaking but I found myself hoping (and let's be honest...it's a HEA so there's definitely a lot of hope) and connecting to the characters' journey while reading this novella.
Another great Timeless Romance Single! A great group of authors have written for these singles, as well as for the Timeless Romance anthologies. And I'm a fan of this author. I haven't read something by her that I haven't liked or absolutely loved.
Content: Clean. Some moments of peril, talk of situations of orphans and some abuse and overworking, some mile innuendo between a married couple but nothing graphic.
Ms. Holmes has a beautiful melodic writing style that is captivating yet easy to read and digest. The backdrop of the Orphan Train leading the NYC orphans out west for adoption is a part of American history I am not familiar with. I learned quite a bit of our country's history through the story. Addie's faith despite her circumstance is admirable and Miles' journey back to God is heartbreaking and real. The storyline has some surprises, even from the beginning, which made the book more fun.
There are some great characters in this book. Addie is an orphan herself, working as the adult chaperone and teacher at the orphanage and on the train leading the children out west. She's practical but optimistic, compassionate, loving, and all the good things a mother is. Miles is a kind, thoughtful, loving, compassionate, hard-working widower, still grieving the loss of his wife and daughter. Enter Miles' brother who is the town's sheriff and some delightful orphans from the train and you have a great story.
I liked the mention of Addie being a descendant of the Campbells from Yesterday's Promise (a full-length novel from the author set in Scotland....if you haven't read that one, you must!).
I received a review copy of this novella from the author and publisher. I was not required to write a review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.