Banished from home, Charlotte Lamb enters a home for unwed mothers, anticipating the birth of her child, uncertain of life thereafter. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect to run into the a childhood chum whose suit her father had refused. Charlotte and he rekindle a friendship while she fills her days with seeking to help other soon-to-be mothers. Though banished it turns out to be a little bit more difficult than anticipated trying to hide from her relatives who have suddenly taken an interest in her. As they begin nosing around the home trying to locate Charlotte, Charlotte tries to hide away. But the truth has a way of coming out no matter the amount of deception. After the birth of her child Charlotte is forced to make one of the biggest sacrifices of her life that will leave its mark on her for the rest of her life.
This is probably one of Julie Klassen’s best books. It deals with tough and mature issues that never really solve themselves. It’s not an easy book to read, but the fact that one absolutely must know what happens in the end propels the reader forwards until the very last page. Well, at least, it did for this one. I couldn’t put it down. Again I stayed up late into the night in order to know how things ended for Charlotte. The ending had a surprising element that I didn’t see coming and left me feeling a little sad. Earlier in the book I was coming to different conclusion than what actually happened and that’s what I love in a book. It was a heartbreaking yet heartwarming story.
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