The Orphan Girl: A WWII Novel of Courage Found and a Promise Kept Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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For fans of Kristin Harmel and Martha Hall Kelly's Lilac Girls—the bestselling author of The Piano Maker returns with a vivid, atmospheric, and deeply moving novel set during the final months of the Second World War.
London, 1944/45: Kate Henderson is an energetic and spirited young woman. As a trained paramedic and ambulance driver she does her work courageously and with determination, even though underneath she is still wrestling with grief after witnessing the shooting death of her diplomat father seven years earlier. Her father’s murder was never properly investigated and it remains unsolved.
Kate’s life is interrupted once more when she wakes up one night to the sound of the air raid alarm and the terror whistles of a bomb’s stabilizers screaming toward the roof of her house. Kate survives, but she is injured.
Her house is gone as well, and after her time in the hospital, Claire Giroux, a kind doctor and family friend, invites Kate to live with her as she recuperates. This arrangement works well for them until a few months later when Claire’s husband comes home from the war. Within days the lives of both women are drastically altered, and events are set in motion, both in England and in Canada, that challenge Kate and Claire to their limits.
The Orphan Girl is a moving and powerful story about friendship and courage, and about promises made and kept.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 59 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||July 26 2022|
|Publisher||McClelland & Stewart|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #55,857 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#208 in Friendship Fiction
#1,972 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,688 in Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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Thank you Netgalley for the ARC of this book which I enjoyed. I intend to seek out the author's other books now.
The Orphan Girl slowly pulls you in to the story of Kate and Claire.
The place is London and it is nearing the end of Word War II.
Kate still recovering from the shooting of her father , a diplomat, now has to contend with the drastic results of her home being bombed.
Luckily Claire takes her in but things change and not for the better when Claire's husband returns.
You see how difficult it is to return to life after War.
This is a story of not only survival but one of courage and friendship.
The Orphan Girl is well worth the read and historical fiction fans will love it.
I’m aware that this is a CBC-recommended author and an established Canadian author and I’m willing to try another book on his back list. This one, however, wasn’t for me.
I was gifted this advance copy by Kurt Palka, Penguin Random House Canada, McClelland & Stewart, and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.