Sadie loves the Raystown Home For Orphan and Friendless Children. Each child that walks through the door has a special place in her heart. As the assistant to the head matron, she is responsible for school work, chores, and generally loving and parenting her charges. Her work is fulfilling and yet, haunting in so many ways.
So when the head matron retires, Sadie early accepts the position. Without thought of the consequences. Including the fact that the matron cannot be married. Her fiance also makes a decision without her, leaving them both to wonder if there's a future for them together.
As Sadie discovers all the pressure of her new position, her judge of character is put to the test as well. Who will win her heart: Earl or Blaine? Who will best assist her: youth or experience? And who will save the home from closing? The pressures mount, and as a former Raystown resident, can she overcome her past in time?
Anne Mateer was a new author for me. I thought this book might be something I'd be interested in and the time period (early 1900's) and setting would be a change of pace for me. Although new to the Christian fiction scene, Mateer crafted a respectable story with endearing characters and a suspenseful feeling. This is a book full of twists and turns, and although I knew how the story should end, I wasn't always sure it would get there.
My only criticism is that occasionally the Christian morals felt a bit as though they were haphazardly thrown into the story. It wasn't disjointed, but rather sporadic and not well woven.
But for a new writer this was certainly a respectable book and one that I would recommend.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.