It is the season of giving. I received a most delightful gift in reading “Orphaned Hearts” by Shawna Williams.
This novella, only eighty-seven pages long, is full of gifts. There is the gift of the setting: the holiday season of the early 1930’s, in the small town of Brady Hill.
The main characters, David and Sadie, are gifts as they show us the things that matter: love, faith, compassion and kindness. They will rise above their own issues to help others, especially the children of the orphanage in nearby Fort Smith.
There is the gift of Caleb, the orphan who will steal your heart the moment you meet him. Only six, he has experienced more tragedy than any child ever should. But the little boy, who loves to run and climb trees and play ball, is still inside and with the love of David, Sadie and the entire town of Brady Hill, Caleb becomes the six year old child he was meant to be.
Lessons learned or those we are reminded of is another gift of “Orphaned Hearts.” This book shows us that no matter the issue, no matter the “damage,” physical or emotional, all people are created equal and should be treated as such. It shows us that we need to reach out to others who need our help – we cannot ignore those who are in need. And it shows us that faith in God and obedience to Him will bring us through everything we face.
On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the best, I rank “Orphaned Hearts” as a twenty. Buy this book and in the midst of the Christmas rush, take an afternoon, sit in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot tea or cocoa and enjoy this book. It will be the best Christmas gift you can give yourself.