Orphaned Hearts by Shawna K. Williams
Pastor David Langley understands six-year old Caleb Holsheyer -- what it feels like to be damaged and alone. His family killed in a fire, and his body severely burned, David grew up in an orphanage, ridiculed and shunned. He couldn’t let that be Caleb’s fate.
When adoption plans fall through, David is desperate to find Caleb a new home. But in the midst of the Great Depression, most families are barely getting by. No one seems willing to take on the responsibility of an extra mouth, especially one belonging to a crippled child.
Except for Sadie Miller, the town spinster. In Sadie, David sees the answer to Caleb's needs. But Child Welfare doesn't agree, and demands other arrangements be found, or the boy be returned to the orphanage.
David and Sadie team up, determined to find a home for an orphaned child, but while searching, might they find a family instead.
This is a delightful book. I loved the idea of this book and found it enthralling. David has been shunned all his life after being scarred by a fire as a child and thinks no one could love him if they saw his scars. Sadie Miller is a spinster coping with her fathers recent death after being his carer for many years. When an adoption for Caleb falls through David turns to Sadie for help. We see Sadie has a big heart and would make a great mother but shes single. The book shows how orphan children were not considered important to many people at one stage and how children with scars or physical issues are often shunned. It also shows how there were special people who did love the children and treated them the way they needed to be treated.
I loved how Sadie and David did all they could to help Sadie keep Caleb although she was single and how Caleb store their hearts. This was a lovely christmas story with alot of special insights. I would have loved to read more in this book.