This is the first novel I have read by this author, and let me tell you she did not disappoint. I love it when an author can bring characters to life and make you feel like they are a part of your circle of friends, and Kate Hewitt does exactly that.
In the early 1900’s, Ellen moves with her family from Glasgow Scotland to America. Shortly after arriving in America, her father disappears. Her Aunt and Uncle take her in and she befriends the two brothers that live next door. As the story progresses, Ellen is learning to navigate life in America and is trying to find where she fits in. Ellen continually overcomes the trials and tribulations that life throws at her. The historical aspect of the story is phenomenal, it is a much slower and simpler time setting in 1904. I like the character of Ellen as she is very humble, smarter then she realizes, she is very brave and a talented artist. She is very level headed and is hopeful of her future. The author has such talent for making you feel like you are going through Ellen’s life right beside her. The descriptions of the landscape and the island are so real, that it will make you want to go visit.
This inspirational historical fiction is a must read. I gave this book five stars and I can’t wait to read the next two books in this series. I will definitely read more from this author.
ABOUT THE BOOKTHE ORPHAN’S ISLAND
Author: Kate Hewitt
Published by Bookouture
Publication Date: November 30, 2020
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1904: When plucky, red-haired, eleven-year-old Ellen Copley crosses the Atlantic Ocean with her father, it is with a head full of dreams for what the New World will hold for her. Yet within weeks of their arrival in America, her father has abandoned her—leaving Ellen with hateful relatives, alone and terrified for her future.
But then her kind Aunt Rose brings Ellen to stay with her, in their rambling family farmhouse on beautiful Amherst Island, which nestles like a jewel in the blue waters of Lake Ontario.
There Ellen finally begins to find love and acceptance, both from Aunt Rose’s boisterous family, and—as she grows into a beautiful young woman—from the boys next door, Jed and Lucas Lyman. But it’s Jed she’s drawn to… the one with the twinkling eyes, who teases her, and laughs with her, and soon steals her heart…
But does Jed love her back? Because—even though Amherst Island feels like home—Ellen knows she can’t stay there with a broken heart…