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Despite harboring secrets from a past filled with physical abuse, shame, murder, and prostitution, the children and their new parents begin a new and exciting life. But overcoming their ...
Despite harboring secrets from a past filled with physical abuse, shame, murder, and prostitution, the children and their new parents begin a new and exciting life. But overcoming their haunting memories won't be easy.
After fleeing from their home following a horrible crime, Hillary and her new parents, John and Kate Hanley, have found a new life in Galena, Illinois. Hillary longs to visit her former hometown and reunite with her friends in the club called the Wildflowers. But going back could mean the ruin of her new family.
Filled with vivid historical detail and heartfelt emotion, Noonan delivers a compelling look at a little-known event in American history.
Posted June 15, 2010
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SECRETS By Robert Noonan
[Reviewed by Charlotte Liebel, M.Ed.]
Award winning historical novelist Robert Noonan creates the story of Secrets to complete tales of his Orphan Train Trilogy. He fashions it around the children's earlier 19th Century circumstances. Yet, Secrets stands alone as readers become involved in the lives of his past and newer characters in this third book. Those who have read his first two novels will be surprised at the developments in lives of favorite families. Noonan's customary journeys develop with strange mysteries and intrigue - even, murder.
In early 20th Century: Secrets reintroduces family conflicts that serve to reach background mysteries in Wildflowers and Bridie's Daughter. Stories show the desperate plight of 200,000 orphaned American children of New York during 1854-1929 until transported by so-called Orphan Trains to Western states for adoption.
Audiences follow youthful characters in Secrets who find adoptive parents. These are children whose lives produced many and complicated secrets. Imagine loss of parents by death and separation or escape from perils of murder and suicide.
It is the beginning of the 20th Century and Bridie McDonald's life is fulfilled with the adoption of teenager Catherine who arrives on the Orphan Train to her hometown of Newberry, Illinois. Bridie's past overshadows her happiness until an unexpected love interest enters her life. But Bridie cannot move forward until she deals with the past. In a nearby town, Hillary is 14 years old and living with Kate and John her foster parents who left lots of history in Delaware. The textile mill owner is killed there as they leave and Kate knows who did it. Riveting moments occur when a person from the past shows up in their lives. Considering the family settles in an unlikely Mid-Eastern town, they are shocked to learn they've been discovered.
Noonan is a master at situations of intrigue and suspense. Just as lives of favorite children appear without problems, a stranger from the past rides into town. Noonan's protagonists encounter disturbing events and bad timing. He is clever to generate interest in several families with their own set of activities. Additionally, he conjures interest by having characters interact with one or another family to create complex scenarios.
Posted May 23, 2009
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In this third book in Mr. Noonan's Orphan Train Trilogy he continues the stories of several of the orphans whose lives have intermingled with friendship, love and secrets.
This is a wonderful book that will keep you wondering what will happen next. As with the 2 previous books you will want to keep reading until the book is finished. A great read!
Posted April 19, 2009
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In this third story of The Orphan Train Trilogy, Mr. Noonan does a wonderful job telling how some of those who rode the Orphan Trains were able to find happiness. Some in this book are holding secrets that could not only change their lives but those of loved ones. This book will keep you reading to find out what happens next. A wonderful book of love and mystery and people with good hearts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2008
Everyone seems to have a secret or regret in this third account of the Orphan Train Trilogy. Hillary, her parents Kate and John, Brian, Monica, and even Bridie McDonald. The story revolves around the aftermath of accidents, rapes, murders, indiscretions, and regrets. Fear permeates the future until these strong-willed characters rise above their circumstances and overcome the traumas of their pasts. Hillary¿s future remains a mystery as do the lives of so many children who rode the ¿orphan trains¿ for seventy-five years between 1854 and 1929. Let¿s hope that Mr. Noonan shares more of Hillary¿s heroic spirit in the future!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.