"I love you, Ava Rose," she whispered. "I love you enough to give you life."
1890: All Irish immigrant Deirdre O'Sullivan has ever wanted is a home and a family. But her dreams didn't include living in a cramped tenement in Five Points, New York, with the disillusioned love of her life. Nor could she have imagined that, each day, she'd be torn away from her children to work for low wages in the steamy laundry of a hotel just to survive. Then tragedy strikes twice, and Deirdre struggles with the ultimate act of love-to give her children the chance to live and blossom...without her.
When Nebraska homesteaders Sam and Claudine Thompson lose their third baby, she retreats into hopelessness, convinced that the secrets of her past won't ever allow her to be a mother. Then one day the orphan train rolls into town. Claudine insists, "A baby is out there crying. And he's crying for me," and hurries toward the railroad station.
Strawberry-blond-haired Ava Rose, four years old, waits on the railroad platform, watching over her fragile baby brother and clinging to hope. Neither has any idea they'll not only fulfill the deepest longings of two mothers, but will also kick off legacies of hope for numerous others who live with poverty and prejudice.
A poignant tale of hope and courage amidst unfathomable odds. Don't miss Cleo A. Lampos's stellar series: Teachers of the Diamond Projects School: Diamonds in the Tough: Second Chances and Miss Bee and the Do Bees.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the second book I’ve read by author Cleo Lampos, and it didn’t disappoint. (The first was Dust Between the Stitches.) I’ve read several stories about the 1800’s orphan trains, and wondered how a mother could put her child on that train, in the custody of strangers, knowing they wouldn’t see that child again. In A Mother’s Song, explanation is given. This book shows the immense love a mother has for her child. The willingness to give up everything for that child even though the mother’s heart was breaking. Very moving, Lampos weaves the love of God into a difficult subject. While the beginning of the book was heart wrenching at time because the author doesn’t shy away from a difficult time in our country’s history, hope is offered and received. If you enjoy historical fiction you will enjoy A Mother’s Song. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a positive review.