During the Depression, Two women struggle to keep an orphanage running.
Today, we are thrilled to be the stop on the Blog Tour for A Baby on the Doorstep by Rachel Wesson.
A Baby on the Doorstep is a heart-wrenching story about helplessness, kindness, and endurance.
Title: A Baby on the Doorstep by Rachel Wesson
Publisher: Bookouture (January 22, 2021)
Print Lenght: 380 pages
Virginia, 1934: In the middle of the night, he crept through the bushes, thankful for the darkness, for the clouds covering the stars. Tenderly, he opened his bag, lifting the small bundle out. With tears in his eyes, he held her tight, not wanting to let her go. But he had no choice––it was the only way. “This is your new home, little one. You’ll be safe here.”
Distant rumblings of conflict in Europe have reached even the secluded, snow-dusted mountains of Virginia, where Lauren Greenwood faces a battle of her own. The Great Depression is crippling America, leaving millions of its victims without shoes on their feet and clothes on their backs. Hope House––the orphanage Lauren runs––is suffering more than ever.
The one thing Lauren is not short of is love. But with just a handful of dollars to her name, every day is a struggle to feed the orphans and keep a roof over their heads.
Yet she refuses to give up. When a baby is left on the porch, Lauren welcomes her with open arms. The abandoned new-born, Maisie, is left with a crumpled letter––her parents begging Lauren to look after the girl and promising to return for her one day. Lauren refuses to allow another child to fall prey to the Depression, and vows to provide little Maisie with the love and protection of a mother.
But when the debt collectors come calling, threatening to shut down the orphanage, Lauren runs out of hope. Any day now the children could be thrown onto the frozen streets, where survival is impossible.
With tragedy just around the corner, how can she ever reunite Maisie with her parents? And if she doesn’t manage to save the orphans, how will she live with herself?
A totally heartbreaking tale with a beautiful and hopeful message––when all else fails, love can save the day. Fans of Before We Were Yours, The Orphan Train and Diney Costeloe will be swept away by this emotional and totally gripping historical page-turner.
From the Publisher’s Blurb
Lauren and Becky were two strong women working hard to keep their home for orphaned children open despite the economic struggles of the Depression and the opposition of several community members who believed the kids were tainted by their parents’ alleged sins.
The book takes the reader into these women and children’s everyday lives; the pain of illness, abuse, and abandonment, and the fear of losing the roof over their heads once again.
A side plot encompasses the beginning of what would eventually be the Holocaust, with two German children coming to the home after managing to escape the nazis. It is very touching and alarming to see what happened not that long ago.
The characters are lovely, especially the children, and there is a little bit of romance in the background and even a special appearance of Eleanor Roosevelt. After all the suffering, a happy ending wraps everything up.
A Baby on the Doorstep is an emotional and inspiring read that made me feel blessed and thankful for everything, and mainly everyone, I have in my life.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
Rachel Wesson was born in Kilkenny, Ireland but considers herself to be from the capital, Dublin as that’s where she spent most of her life. Her dad brought Rachel and her two sisters out every Saturday to give their mother a break. He took them to the library and for ice-cream after. It took a long time for her sisters to forgive her for the hours she spent choosing her books!
She grew up driving everyone nuts asking them questions about what they did during the War or what side they were on in the 1916 rising etc. Finally her Granny told her to write her stories down so people would get the pleasure of reading them. In fact what Granny meant was everyone would get some peace while Rachel was busy writing!
When not writing, or annoying relatives, Rachel was reading. Her report cards from school commented on her love of reading especially when she should have been learning. Seems you can’t read Great Expectations in Maths. After a doomed love affair and an unpleasant bank raid during which she defended herself with a tea tray, she headed to London for a couple of years. (There is a reason she doesn’t write romance!). She never intended staying but a chance meeting with the man of her dreams put paid to any return to Ireland. Having spent most of her career in the City, she decided something was missing. Working in the City is great but it’s a young person’s dream. Having three children you never see isn’t good for anyone. So she packed in the job and started writing. Thanks to her amazing readers, that writing turned into a career far more exciting and rewarding than any other.
Rachel lives in Surrey with her husband and three children, two boys and a girl. When not reading, writing or watching films for “research” purposes, Rachel likes to hang out with her family. She also travels regularly back home – in fact she should have shares in BA and Aerlingus.