Thursday, February 17, 2022

A Place to Call Home (Shilling Grange Children’s Home #2) by Lizzie Page

 Shilling Grange Orphanage, England, 1949. She would do anything to protect the innocent children in her care. But soon they could be sent into danger…

When Clara Newton’s fiancé died during World War Two, she thought her life was over. But now she looks after orphans who, like her, lost everything during the war. Children like sweet little Peg who won’t speak, and Joyce whose body was scarred by polio. Clara loves them all dearly, even though life as a housemother can be lonely – especially now that Ivor, a D-Day war hero with dark brown eyes who once helped with the children, has disappeared…

But then Clara receives some terrible news. The orphanage is going to be sold and the children sent far away. Joyce and Peg will be taken to a notorious home for disabled children. The others will be sent to Australia, where Clara fears they will be mistreated by unknown families. Any day now, the children could lose everything she worked so hard to provide…

With wealthy buyers lined up to purchase Shilling Grange and a ship already docked waiting to carry the children away, Clara is desperate. She must find loving new homes for them quickly, but time is running out… Can she save the orphans before they lose everything all over again? And even if Ivor returns when she needs him the most, will it be too late?



About The Author

I live with my family by the sea in South East England. And with my dog. How did I forget my dog? I enjoy traveling and lived in Japan for several years. I've had lots of different jobs from waitressing and teaching to admin and bingo-calling - but being a writer is my absolute favourite.

I'd love to hear what you think of my books - feel free to send me a message on twitter @LizziePagewrite or on FB or leave a review here. 


My Review

What a warm hearted read, making you root for the underdog, and the things you make your mind up that you don’t want become your hearts desire.
This is the second book in this series, and the author does a great job of bringing you up to date!
The setting is post WWII England, and Clara Newton is the housemother of displaced children, or gifts she is given to help and raise. We walk with these orphans as they go about life, and see how they come together in crisis. Each child has their own story, and we soon care about each of them. Keep the tissues handy!
Now I’m looking forward to the third 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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