Orphaned Hearts

Orphaned Hearts

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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…  See more details below


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.

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Shawna's writing journey started with a dream --- an actual, nighttime dream. The story within her dream captivated her to the point that she became obsessive, and in order to put together all the little details and fill in the gaps, she had to write it down. Now she has two books based upon it.

Shawna is an Inspirational Romance writer, who loves creating complex, flawed characters, believing that's the secret to making them real. And as an inspirational author, she is able to write about God's Grace through her characters' humanity. She also loves including a good dose of nostalgia in her work, which is why her stories tend to take place in small towns during the first half of the 20^th century.

When she's not writing, she's spends her time with her husband and three children, reads, makes jewelry, and enjoys life on her family's ranch.

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Orphaned Hearts 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
William's Orphaned Hearts presents an intriguing contrast between the power of faith and the basic, limiting struggles of humankind. It's the Great Depression, and the holidays approach. Single Pastor David Langley, himself once an orphan, reaches out to a young Caleb, an orphan in his parish. David knows loneliness and he tries to avert the sad life he expects Caleb to struggle into.but the authorities will prevent him from doing all he hopes for the boy. He knows how much Caleb will desire a home - but he doubts himself as able to make a difference, and he struggles even to understand his own feelings. Sadie Miller is a townie and a spinster and seems the perfect solution for Caleb. She's also a super tough and persistent lady; definitely not one to dwell on what 'could have been.' Of all the characters, she's the absolute standout, and although she understands both sorrow and loneliness, she never dwells on it, but pursues ideas and life in general with admirable determination. She admits hopes about David - but David's thoughts seem to bound between the past and hopes for the future. In fact, David's sad moments of self-reflection and dwelling on the past might be slightly overdone - we do revisit the pastor's history to add pathos to many a scene. This does slow the plot on occasion, but you will certainly never be tempted to stop reading. It is after all, David's tragedy - his loss, his remembered loneliness and desire for a home - that ties together all the challenges presented in this novel. For tragedy is indeed the background for this moving novel; past tragedies, current sorrows and un-ordinary struggles; yet the tone (though there is some gentle sadness) is not melancholy. There is a persistent underlying goodness that gives us hope throughout. Love, we feel certain, will surely lead to a kind of triumph. Williams handles this emotionally moving story with enormous subtlety. Dark though any description might seem, the book itself is uplifting. Do read. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Another great novel by Shawna K. Williams. This one is a bit "sweeter" in overall style, but is just as powerful in regards to the heartfelt message it contains...just like her prior books. It's hard for me to pick a favorite because all three were so good. What I loved about this story was it had to do with a theme of loving others and seeing them for who they are inside, not what is supposedly "wrong" with them that people see on the outside. I loved watching the characters grow to love each other and how both Sadie and David wanted what was best for the other person. The ever-growing trust and love slowly developing between Caleb and the adults in his life was beautiful to behold. I wanted David to overcome some of his self-image worries. I was cheering for Sadie all the way. I really identified with Sadie and her desire for a family of her own, but not being able to imagine it happening. When everything started coming together it was inspiring and heart-warming. There wasn't any contrived tension or overly dramatic scenes to distract from the power of the story. Everything felt natural in it's presentation. I have a soft spot for orphan stories, so that made this one all the sweeter to me. I loved how the author showed that it was hard for David to even know for sure if his feelings were what love actually felt like, since he'd been orphaned at such a young age. It's so true that people who haven't felt security and love in their homes growing up struggle with understanding love, not to mention learning how to give and receive love in regards to others. This was very well done. Orphaned Hearts was sweet and tender, but it was also a story containing substance and powerful truths. I really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story about helping others and reaching out. The hero was a caring person who needed to learn that others could love him if he would let go of past hurts and fear. The heroine was very patient and it paid off in the end.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
Shawna Williams has written a wonderful Christmas story about adoption that is set during the Great Depression, though the hopefulness of being adopted is a daily reality for children living in an orphanage, especially for those who are crippled. Pastor David Langley’s childhood is a poignant reminder set within this story, making for a double-edged sword in the placement of Caleb when an original adoption falls through. Rules are broken in desperation, but are picked up on when those in charge of the orphanage find out the details. Shawna’s story is one of love, warmth, care, and concern of the town spinster, Sadie Miller, for Caleb, which is set against the rigidity, rules, and criminal activities of certain parties in the orphanage. Since single parenting was forbidden, Sadie and Pastor David set out on a plan to work out the complications. For those wanting to adopt, this is a heart-warming story of the depths of persistence an adoptive parent is willing to forge through to overcome the regulations that hinder single parent involvement. The camaraderie between Pastor David and Caleb bypasses outward appearances for personal reasons. And the hints of romance keep you intrigued about the relationship between the town spinster and the single Pastor, as tongues are wagging in their small town. This eBook was provided free by the author, Shawna K. Williams, in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received.
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I really enjoyed this story. The characters were great. The story was sweet. I love stories where orphans find a family. well written book. Can'twait to read more books by this author.
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This book opened my heart and made me want to reach out to others. Thanks to the author ....
Ausjenny More than 1 year ago
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.
bookwormjanet More than 1 year ago
David Langley is a minister who is especially drawn to orphaned children. He himself is an orphan, having lost his parents and a sister in a fire when he was 2 years old. David was left with horrible burns, now scars, from this fire. He hasn't let anyone see them because he's afraid of what people might say or think. Sadie Miller has just recently lost her father. Her mother died years before. After the death of her mother, she devoted her time to taking care of her father. Sadie didn't get out and didn't have friends over. Her "social" circle was home and church. It's pretty apparent that she has her eyes on Pastor Langley. She loves baking him cookies, pies, etc. I really enjoy Shawna's writing! She has the ability to take you right to the time periods, and the towns she writes about. Her characters are so real! I feel like I know them. Little Caleb is an orphan, with a physical disability, that was supposed to be adopted by a local family in Brady Hill. But shortly before he was due in town, the family changed their minds. The Sheldon's found out they were expecting their own baby and didn't feel they could take care of a little boy during Mrs. Sheldon's pregnancy. I just wanted to reach into the book and pull Caleb out and take him home! Sadie is asked if she can take care of Caleb until David can find a home for him. Of course she falls in love with little Caleb and wants him for her own. What will the orphanage have to say about a single lady taking charge of a child? Can Sadie and David overcome the barriers that keep them from opening up and loving? I've given "Orphaned Hearts" 5 stars! It deserves every one of them!