Circle of Love

Circle of Love

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by Joan Lowery Nixon
     
 

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The Civil War has officially ended and Frances Mary Kelly's true love, Johnny, is back from the war. But to Frances's dismay, Johnny is hesitant to marry her. Attempting to ease her aching heart, Frances accepts an offer to go to New York City and escort a group of orphans out West to new homes. Along the way, she must deal with a flood of painful memories and a

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The Civil War has officially ended and Frances Mary Kelly's true love, Johnny, is back from the war. But to Frances's dismay, Johnny is hesitant to marry her. Attempting to ease her aching heart, Frances accepts an offer to go to New York City and escort a group of orphans out West to new homes. Along the way, she must deal with a flood of painful memories and a threatening stranger. Will Frances be able to complete her mission... and return home to find out what her future will be?

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Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
This is the fifth installment of the "Orphan Train Adventures," a series which follows the Kelly children from New York to the Midwest in the 1800's. Frances Mary Kelly, once an Orphan Train rider, now nineteen and a teacher, agrees to journey back to New York to escort the new group of children west to seek new homes. This journey proves to be a very emotional one for her, for she realizes that her future with Johnny is just as tenuous as the futures of her young charges. Their safety and hers are in jeopardy in many ways.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8This latest installment in the life of the Kelly family focuses on 19-year-old Frances, who doesn't understand why Johnny Mueller, recovering physically and emotionally from a year in a Confederate POW camp, feels unready to commit to marriage. Hurt, she agrees to accompany an orphan who is to be reunited with his aunt and uncle in New York City where she becomes an escort for 30 orphan-train children on the return trip. At this point, much of the story becomes repetitive. Over and over Frances soothes frightened children, recalls her own fears, broods over Johnny, and ties bows in the girls' hair before they meet prospective parents at each stop. Her encounter with a former Confederate soldier-turned-bank-robber, traveling disguised as a minister, adds some excitement and gives her a new perspective on Johnny. The conclusion, in which Frances and Johnny are reconciled and agree to adopt rambunctious, charming Eddie, whom no one else wants, is predictable but comforting. Don't expect this story to deliver the punch of earlier titles in this series, such as Keeping Secrets (1995) or A Dangerous Promise (1994; both Delacorte). This orphan train chugs along at the more leisurely pace of any early romance with a dash of mystery.Peggy Morgan, The Library Network, Wayne, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307827609
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/27/2013
Series:
Orphan Train Adventures
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
528,269
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Joan Lowery Nixon was the author of more than 130 books for young readers and was the only four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Best Young Adult Mystery Award. She received the award for The Kidnapping of Christina LattimoreThe SéanceThe Name of the Game Was Murder, and The Other Side of the Dark, which also won the California Young Reader Medal. Her historical fiction included the award-winning series The Orphan Train Adventures, Orphan Train Children, and Colonial Williamsburg: Young Americans.

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Circle of Love (The Orphan Train Adventures Series #7) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book in the series except A Family Apart and maybe A Place to Belong
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great because of the history it includes. The only reason I don't like it is because it doesn't have any real characters in it. : )
Guest More than 1 year ago
We started off reading A Family Apart in school, and then all of us read the rest of the series, and I loved this book the most. It was wonderful and has a great ending. I was just wondering, though, although I know JLN is dead now, why didn't she write a second book about Megan?
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my fav. books. It has all I love in a book (Love, Danger, Suspense, and a Happy End.)