on September 24th 2018
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For readers of Orphan Train and The Throwaway Children, this unforgettable story of one little Irish girl’s journey to find love, friendship and family will stay in your heart long after the final page…
Ireland, 1901: For as long as six-year-old Cissy Ryan can remember, she has been a workhouse girl. Living amongst the other orphan boys and girls, dreaming of a family that might come and choose her for their own.
But the day her real mammy finally comes to claim her is not how Cissy imagined. An unfamiliar woman takes her to a tumbledown cottage in the rural Irish countryside to meet her gruff granddaddy. Settling into the isolated and poverty-stricken village is tough. But Cissy’s blossoming friendship with Colm Doyle and his horse Blue show Cissy the kindness and laughter is possible, even in the hardest of times.
As Cissy grows up, she finds that the world around her is ever changing. When she goes to work at prestigious Bretton Hall, she begins to realise that not everyone has an honest heart…
In one moment, Cissy’s life is turned upside down and she finds herself on a boat to England, sailing away from all she holds dear. Will Cissy ever find her way back to Ireland and everything she knows? Or is there more heartbreak to come?
A sweeping, unputdownable page-turner of romance, tragedy and the true meaning of family. The Little Orphan Girl is guaranteed to melt your heart.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
This book is fully titled The Little Orphan Girl: The heartbreaking and gripping journey of an Irish orphan. Please don’t let that put you off reading this book. Personally, I don’t like books that can break my heart, but there was just something about this one that made me decide to break my usual rule of only reading ‘happy’ books and I am so glad that I did.
Cissy Ryan is just 6 years old when the story begins. She has lived all of her life in a workhouse, then suddenly one day a woman she doesn’t know but who says she is Cissy’s mother, comes to get her. Cissy thinks she is just going for a day out with the woman, but instead she is taken to a run-down old house where her very smelly grandfather lives and is told that this will her home from now on. Cissy misses her friends in the workhouse but soon enough comes to terms with her new life with her real family.
From there the story develops as she grows up and we see the trials, tribulations plus happy times that Cissy has. There are some very funny moments such as the times when Cissy is more outspoken than perhaps she should be, there are sentimental moments, and there are, yes, heartbreaking moments. I don’t think I have ever cried so much reading a book. BUT don’t fret, despite the hardships she endures, Cissy will have her happy ending, and it makes all that she has gone through worth it.
I would love to write all about the moments in the book that meant so much to me, especially the ones that brought me to tears, but that would be giving too much of the story away. Suffice to say that despite this being a very emotive book there is always the feeling that Cissy will survive the odds, she is strong and despite sometimes wanting to give up, she doesn’t. She is a wonderful character. In fact, there are so many wonderful characters in this book it is what makes it as wonderful as it is. I can’t recommend this book highly enough, but you must have a box of tissues, and maybe a bar of chocolate with you for comfort while you read it.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.